Move Health Forward in Louisiana Schools

Be a Leader for Healthy Schools

Schools are the right place for a healthy start. As a school professional, you play an important role in helping students establish lifelong healthy behaviors.

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. By connecting with Well-Ahead, schools can learn how to support employee health, geaux tobacco-free and model healthy behaviors for their students. They can also get connected to training and resources to learn how promote healthy eating, get students moving, and champion oral health—during, before and after school. All of these changes can make a positive impact in your community.

Change begins with you—take the lead in your community today!

You Need to Know Our Numbers

HEALTH DATA FOR LOUISIANA SCHOOLS ​

We’re pretty proud of our way of life in Louisiana and our lifestyle has a big impact on our overall health. These numbers affect every aspect of life in our communities, including academic success. 

Tooth Cavity Lime
14%
of children 12-17 years old have tooth decay or cavities¹
Graduation Cap
0 +
of Louisiana high school students currently use tobacco²
Weight Scale
34%
Louisiana high school students are overweight or obese³
Stick People One in Four Mint
1 in 4
overweight or obese students are at risk for poor academic achievement compared to 1 in 5 non-overweight or obese students³
It’s Time for a Change

HEALTHY CHANGES IN LOUISIANA SCHOOLS

If we want to set our next generation up for success, we must move Louisiana’s health forward. Students with unhealthy behaviors or chronic conditions may miss more school, which reduces their opportunities for learning. They also may face lower academic achievement. Research shows that healthy school environments can improve students’ academic performance and overall health. When schools make the healthy choice the easy choice, students can grow to be healthy and successful adults. Making healthy changes in schools can connect our communities to a healthier future. 

You Can Take the Lead

Healthy Behaviors In Louisiana Schools

Schools can, and should, promote healthy behaviors. Ensure your students have a healthy start to a healthy future. Change the conversation around health at your school and implement changes that can help your students learn, succeed and thrive. All students deserve the opportunity to be healthy and successful. Each small change can influence health, one step at a time. We are here to help! When you commit to becoming a WellSpot, we will walk alongside you to implement these healthy changes. Learn how you can be a leader at your school. 

Model Healthy Behaviors for Louisiana Students

Promoting employee health is key in creating a healthy school environment. Healthy employees are happier, more productive and absent less. They are also powerful role models for students, which can support students’ health and academic success. Invest in the health of your employees by making these key changes on your campus.

Promote Healthy Eating in Louisiana Schools

A healthy school nutrition environment helps students practice healthy eating before, during and after school. You can improve your school’s nutrition environment in the cafeteria, in the classroom and at school events. You can implement these programs in your school to help your students eat healthy.

Champion Oral Health in Schools

A healthy smile is a big help in keeping kids in the classroom! Did you know it is estimated that 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness? You can help keep your students smiling by making these changes at your school.

Encourage Healthy Habits Outside of Schools

Many students regularly attend before- or after-school programs. These can be academic, athletic, enrichment or community programs. These settings are great opportunities to teach or reinforce healthy habits. Making healthy changes in these programs can make a big impact on student’s health and learning.

Geaux Tobacco-Free in Louisiana Schools

Schools are in a uniquely powerful position to play a major role in reducing tobacco use among youth. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and youth are particularly vulnerable to its effects. Geaux tobacco-free in your school by putting in place these key changes. These changes can also help your staff geaux tobacco-free!

Get Louisiana Students Moving

Physical activity can help boost academic performance, improve classroom behavior and strengthen cognitive skills and attitudes. Opportunities for physical activity occur before and after school, during the school day and in physical education classes. By prioritizing different types of physical activity, you can help your students get active.

Prioritize School Staff Training and Learning

Design unique strategies that can create healthy futures for your students. Inspire a team around you to do the same. Connect with our Krewe of experts for training. Learn your school’s health strengths and opportunities for change. Use your voice by joining a health coalition.

Citations

1 Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, 2018-2019. National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) data query. 

2 Louisiana Youth Tobacco Survey, 2019. https://wellaheadla.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2019_LYTS_FINAL.pdf

3 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2019. 

We are here to help! We’ve developed a set of wellness benchmarks just for schools that want to implement healthy changes like these. From implementing a tobacco-free policy, to supporting breastfeeding mothers, to increasing access to healthy food choices, these benchmarks provide evidence based strategies to move the health of our communities forward.

We will walk alongside you as you work to meet these benchmarks. Once enough benchmarks are met, we will officially designate you as a Level 3, Level 2 or Level 1 WellSpot—our highest designation.

Being designated as a WellSpot is a big accomplishment—so your community needs to know all about it! Upon designation, you will receive a recognition certificate from the Louisiana Department of Health. You will also receive an official WellSpot decal to display on the entrance of your school. In addition, your organization will be added to our interactive WellSpot map. You will also receive a promotional toolkit to help you promote your designation on social media, to the press and more!