Healthy Habits to Build a Healthy Community

Guidelines for Healthy Changes in Healthcare Facilities

Because healthcare facilities touch the lives of so many people across a broad cross-section of the local community, they are in a unique position to make a significant impact on improving healthy behaviors. 

By implementing changes to improve the health of your employees through our WellSpot Designation program, organizations are equipped to play a role in positively impacting the health of the community. We support you by providing the resources and tools you need to encourage healthy habits like physical activity, healthy eating, stress management and quitting tobacco. Not only do these activities improve the health of staff and patients, they also improve the health of the healthcare facility through decreased costs, improved employee productivity and reduced absenteeism. 

Dr. Keisha Harvey at Dr. K’s Family Medicine is one of the many healthcare professionals in Louisiana who has taken the lead in moving the health of her community forward by becoming a WellSpot. Like Dr. Harvey, 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 Healthcare Facility

Healthcare facilities that meet certain benchmarks can be designated as a Level 1, 2 or 3 WellSpot, with Level 1 being the highest.

Level 3

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Patient education
  • Three additional benchmarks of choice

Level 2

  • Level 3 requirements
  • Screen, Test, Refer or Ask, Advise Refer Implementation
  • Five benchmarks of choice

Level 1

  • All benchmarks met

WellSpot Benchmarks for a Healthier Healthcare Facility

Well-Ahead is here to help your healthcare facility be a leader by becoming a WellSpot. When you implement these evidence-based benchmarks, you will improve the health of your staff and patients and move Louisiana’s health forward!


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Citations:

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American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control Report for Louisiana. Retrieved from: https://www.lung.org/research/state-of-lung-cancer/states/louisiana

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11 American Diabetes Association, The Burden of Diabetes in Louisiana. http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/PDFs/Advocacy/burden-of-diabetes/louisiana.pdf