Healthy Habits to Build a Healthy Community

Guidelines for Healthy Changes in Hospitals

Because hospitals 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, hospitals 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 hospital through decreased costs, improved employee productivity and reduced absenteeism.

Hospitals 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
  • Five additional benchmarks of choice

Level 2

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Nine additional benchmarks of choice

Level 1

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • All benchmarks met

WellSpot Benchmarks for a Healthier Hospital

Well-Ahead is here to help your hospital 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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