• Labarre News
  • | 11.18.2019

Labarre Associates Earn Level 1 Well-Ahead WellSpot Designation

Well-Ahead Louisiana is the first voluntary designation program of its kind in the state, which encourages organizations and individuals to make small healthy lifestyle changes to the spaces where Louisiana residents spend most of their time.

Labarre Associates, Inc. has joined ranks of local organizations in the Greater Baton Rouge region that have been designated as WellSpots by the Louisiana Department of Health(LDH). WellSpots are spaces and places throughout our state that make the healthy choice the easy choice to help their communities live well.

LDH designates organizations as WellSpots after they voluntarily meet wellness benchmarks that correspond to their organization type - worksite, childcare center, school, college/university, restaurant, faith-based organization, healthcare facility, or hospital. This could mean going tobacco-free, offering healthy vending options, or implementing worksite wellness programming. These benchmarks not only impact the organization’s employees but also those that it serves – students, patients, patrons and more.

Well-Ahead Louisiana commends these organizations for investing in the health of residents of East Baton Rouge Parish,” said Melissa R. Martin, Well-Ahead Louisiana Director. “Healthy communities fuel economic growth. They're associated with higher rates of education and they cultivate more productive employees. Being designated as a WellSpot shows that these organizations genuinely care about the future of their staff and community.

As a WellSpot, Labarre Associates joins over 2,800 leaders throughout the state that are putting the health and wellness of Louisiana’s residents first. Besides promoting tobacco cessation and implementing a tobacco-free policy for their worksite, Labarre Associates provides a well-rounded worksite wellness program with fitness challenges, financial health education, mental health education, and strong employee support which creates a culture of wellness with a high employee engagement rate. Labarre provides healthy snacks and beverages and has implemented a healthy meeting policy to encourage employees to make their own health a priority. Labarre Associates, Inc is dedicated to wellness and backs that up with practices and policies that support wellness at work. “Our main goal is to promote happier, healthier, and more productive lifestyles, both professionally and personally. Having happier, healthier employees leads to better engagement and focus at work,” says Kristi Massey, Director of Administration at Labarre Associates, Inc.

Small changes toward wellness, enabled by WellSpots, allow Livingston parish residents the opportunity for balance. Together, WellSpots across the state can combat the prevalence of obesity, tobacco use, and other chronic diseases. This shapes a future that gives all Louisiana residents the chance to feel better and enjoy life longer. To learn more about Well-Ahead Louisiana, visit www.wellaheadla.com.

About Well-Ahead Louisiana:
Well-Ahead Louisiana is a chronic disease prevention and health promotion initiative of the Louisiana Department of Health. Well-Ahead fosters a statewide community-based network that promotes health in all places and spaces, connecting organizations and residents across the state to the resources that make healthy living easily accessible for all. To learn more, visit www.wellaheadla.com or follow us on Facebook @Well-Ahead Louisiana, LinkedIn @Well-Ahead Louisiana, Twitter @WellAheadLA, and Instagram @WellAheadLouisiana.

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