Teaching Healthy Behaviors

Healthy Improvements in K-12 Schools for Employees and Students

Because children and staff spend the majority of their weekdays at school, your school is in a unique position to have a huge impact on the conversation around health. By implementing small changes to improve the health environment of your school, you can help your employees thrive and ensure that your students develop healthy habits for their future.

By implementing changes to improve the health of your employees and students through our WellSpot Designation program, schools can play a role in positively impacting the health of the community. We support Louisiana schools by providing the resources and tools you need to encourage healthy habits like physical activity, healthy eating, stress management and quitting tobacco.

John Stewart, Athletics manager and teacher at Louisiana Key Academy, is one of the many school professionals in Louisiana who has taken the lead in moving the health of his community forward. Learn how John worked to implement healthy changes at his school to become a WellSpot! Like John, 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 School

Schools 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
  • Promotion of Quit With Us, Louisiana
  • Build Support: Establish a Wellness Committee
  • School Health Index: take assessment
  • Two additional benchmarks of choice

Level 2

  • Tobacco-free Policy
  • Tobacco prevention education
  • School Health Index: create plan
  • Four additional benchmarks of choice

Level 1

  • Tobacco-free Policy
  • All benchmarks met

WellSpot Benchmarks for a Healthier School

Well-Ahead is here to help educators and administrators be leaders by becoming a WellSpot. Our school WellSpot benchmarks are centered on an established school wellness program that includes physical activity and nutrition components for students and staff. 

All school WellSpots must be designated as tobacco-free locations, promote Quit With Us, Louisiana, establish a wellness committee and assess one module through the CDC’s School Health Index (SHI) platform. In addition to these four wellness benchmarks, schools may meet additional benchmarks to achieve the desired designation level. When you implement these evidence-based benchmarks, you will improve the health of your staff and move Louisiana’s health forward!

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