TAKE ACTION LOUISIANA
Louisiana is internationally renowned for its music, culture, cuisine and celebrations held throughout the state each year. Louisiana is also well known for its unhealthy lifestyle choices that cause our residents to lead the nation in statistics for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other potentially preventable chronic diseases. Improving our wellbeing, though, doesn’t have to mean giving up our favorite things like good food, great music and legendary festivals. Rather, it means making smart choices so we can enjoy our favorite things even longer.
SMART CHOICES, BIG REWARDS
Chronic disease cost Louisiana a total of $4.5 billion in 2003. Additionally, the economic loss caused by sick days and reduced productivity was $17.4 billion alone during the same time period. If we made smarter choices together to improve our wellbeing, we could increase Louisiana’s economic output by $62 billion by 2050. Each of us can make small choices every day such as eating healthy, increasing physical activity, or living a tobacco-free lifestyle that will allow us the opportunity for balance. This balance will afford us the chance to feel a little better and the chance to enjoy life a little longer.
INTRODUCING WELL-AHEAD LOUISIANA
Well-Ahead Louisiana is an initiative started by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals aimed at improving the health and wellness of Louisiana citizens. Well-Ahead Louisiana promotes and recognizes smart choices in the spaces and places we live and work every day that make it easier for us all to live healthier lives, from going tobaccofree to ensuring healthy lunch options or supporting workplace fitness programs.
CREATING HEALTHY CHANGE IN LOUISIANA
Well-Ahead promotes voluntary changes that places in Louisiana can adopt in order to help Louisiana citizens make choices that contribute to a healthier lifestyle. This is about Louisiana’s people, leaders, businesses and organizations taking action because it is the right – and healthy – thing to do.
HEALTHY PLACES AND SPACES
Part of the Well-Ahead Louisiana campaign is the designation of places and spaces that have decided to encourage our citizens to make choices and changes to our lifestyle so it will be easier for Louisiana citizens to live well. Once designated, these environments are called WellSpots.
WHAT WILL YOUR WELLSPOT LEVEL BE?
SWLAHEC staff, as a partner with LDH, will work closely with worksites, restaurants, schools, universities/colleges, day care centers and hospitals to help them identify and meet benchmarks for wellness. Once SWLAHEC staff verifies an organization has completed enough benchmarks, they will be designated as a Level One, Level Two or Level Three WellSpot. Level One is the highest level of designation.
LET US YOU HELP BECOME A WELLSPOT
Well-Ahead is a statewide program with SWLAHEC working in 26 parishes of Southern Louisiana. Let us help your organization become a WellSpot by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 337-989-0001. For more information about Well-Ahead please visit www.wellaheadla.com.