Well-Ahead La. designates first WellSpots
In April, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) along with Gov. Bobby Jindal launched the Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative, which encourages healthy behavior and designates organizations as WellSpots. WellSpots are the healthy places around the state that voluntarily champion and embrace health and wellness. WellSpots can be employers, schools, health care providers, universities, child care centers and restaurants. Today, Well-Ahead Louisiana designated its first three WellSpots, Mestizo Restaurant, Mid-City Market and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana all located in Baton Rouge.
DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert that designating the state’s first three WellSpots is a wonderful achievement for Well-Ahead and a step in the right direction for Louisiana, as Mestizo, Mid-City Market and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana are setting wonderful examples for other businesses in the state.
Becoming a WellSpot ensures employees and customers know that these businesses are investing in the health and wellness of all Louisianians, she added.
The Well-Ahead designation includes three levels of WellSpots, Level One, Level Two and Level Three. Level One is the highest level and indicates that the highest number of Well-Ahead criteria have been met, followed by Level Two and Level Three. All entities applying to become WellSpots must be 100 percent tobacco free. Mestizo, Mid-City Market and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana were designated Level Two WellSpots.
To meet the Level Two WellSpot criteria, Mestizo is 100 percent tobacco free, trained its staff to offer healthy dining options, has a number of healthy menu options for both adults and children, accommodates for dietary restrictions and is a 5-2-1-0 partner which means the restaurant encourages everyone to eat five fruits and veggies daily, limit screen time to two hours or less, get one hour or more of physical activity each day and to drink water or low-fat milk instead of sugar-sweetened drinks.
Mid-City Market is a Level Two WellSpot by being tobacco-free, training staff to understand how each entree is prepared, including at least three healthy entree options on their menu, accommodating patrons who have dietary restrictions, offering the ServSafe course so employees have an understanding of critical information relative to food allergies, and is a 5-2-1-0 partner.
AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana met the Level Two WellSpot designation by ensuring their office is 100 percent tobacco free, having a policy in place to support breastfeeding mothers, implemented a worksite wellness program for employees, offer tobacco cessation support and replacement therapies, promotes the Louisiana Tobacco Quit Line and is a 5-2-1-0 partner.
Well-Ahead Louisiana, the first voluntary designation program of its kind in the state, encourages organizations and individuals to make small healthy lifestyle changes to the spaces where Louisiana residents spend most of their time. Well-Ahead establishes healthy living designation criteria for organizations to follow that will result in better health outcomes for Louisiana residents. These changes will make smart choices an easier part of living and working in Louisiana.
Organizations making positive changes may voluntarily request a Well-Ahead team member to verify that it has completed wellness-based changes and may be designated WellSpots in Louisiana. DHH will recognize those WellSpots and the organization will be able to display signage and Well-Ahead campaign material to let Louisiana residents know it considers wellness to be a priority.
Organizations interested in becoming a WellSpot can visit www.WellAheadLA.com or call 1-844-LA-AHEAD for more information and to apply. Follow Well-Ahead on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WellAheadLA and Twitter @WellAheadLA.
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