Posted: Apr 14, 2014 3:37 PM by Russell Jones
BATON ROUGE - State health officials and Governor Bobby Jindal announced a new initiative Monday to call attention to schools, businesses and other groups around the state that help people live healthier.
The "Well-Ahead Louisiana" initiative would give a special designation, called a "WellSpot", to organizations that have policies which promote wellness. Those policies include tobacco-free environments, employee wellness plans, breastfeeding-friendly policies, and consistent healthy food offerings.
Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert said the initiative would help encourage people to make smart choices at the places they spend the most of their time, such as work and school.
"Approximately 1.6 million or one in three Louisiana residents are obese. We must raise awareness on how Louisianians can improve their wellbeing. Together we can shape a future for our citizens where we are all able to live longer, better lives because we've made the choice to change," Kliebert said.
Businesses or organizations can seek WellSpot designation through DHH. More information about WellSpot criteria can be found on their website.