A Culture of Wellness

Healthy Programs at Your Place of Worship

Faith-based organizations are natural centers for spiritual, emotional and physical wellness. Because of this, they are in a unique position to make a real difference in the health of their staff, volunteers and congregations by establishing a culture of wellness. That’s why Well-Ahead Louisiana encourages every faith-based organization to help make the healthy choice by becoming a WellSpot.

By implementing changes to improve the health of your employees and volunteers through our WellSpot Designation program, faith-based organizations can positively impact the health of your congregation and community. We provide the resources and tools you need to encourage healthy habits like physical activity, healthy eating, stress management and quitting tobacco. 

Pastor James Morrise at Rose Hill Church of Port Allen is one of the many faith leaders in Louisiana who has taken the lead in moving the health of his community forward. Learn more about how James implemented healthy changes at his church to become a WellSpot. Like James, change can begin with you—take the lead in your community today!

Want to implement or expand your worksite wellness program? Eligible WellSpots can receive up to $3,000 to make sustainable changes that support employee health and wellbeing at their worksite.

Level-up Your Faith-Based Organization

Faith-based organizations that meet certain benchmarks can be designated as a Level 1, 2 or 3 WellSpot, with Level 1 being the highest. 

Level 3

  • One organizational practice
  • Three additional benchmarks of choice

Level 2

  • Smoke-free policy
  • One organizational practice
  • Congregational wellness program
  • Six additional benchmarks of choice

Level 1

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • All benchmarks met

WellSpot Benchmarks for a Healthier Congregation

Well-Ahead is here to help faith-based organizations be leaders by becoming a WellSpot. When you implement these evidence-based benchmarks, you will improve the health of your staff, volunteers and congregation and move Louisiana’s health forward!

Our Partners


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