Well-Ahead Louisiana

We're pretty proud of our way of life in Louisiana, and improving our well-being 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 them even longer.

Small choices towards wellness, enabled by the environments we're in every day, allow us the opportunity for balance. Together we can shape a future that gives us the chance to feel better and enjoy life a little longer.

The Challenge:

Louisiana is…

49th

in Overall Health 

45TH

in Physical Activity

47th

in Cancer Deaths

45th

in
Diabetes

43RD

in
Smoking

50th

in
Obesity

Source: America's Health Rankings, 2016


The Costs:

Chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, cost Louisiana a total of $4.5 billion in 2003. The additional economic loss caused by sick days and reduced productivity in Louisiana was $17.4 billion in the same time period. Adjusted for inflation, Louisiana drained an estimated $28 billion from the nation’s economy in 2013 in the form of treatment costs, economic loss and productivity loss.

If we made smarter choices together to improve our well-being, the Milken Institute predicted that we could avoid 612,000 cases of chronic conditions in 10 years. We could also reduce future economic costs by more than $17 billion in 2023, and we could increase Louisiana's economic output by $62 billion by 2050.

About Well-Ahead Louisiana:

Well-Ahead Louisiana is an initiative started by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) aimed at improving the health and wellness of Louisiana citizens. Well-Ahead Louisiana promotes and recognizes healthy choices in the spaces and places where we live and work every day that make it easier for us all to live healthier, happier lives - from going tobacco-free, to ensuring healthy lunch options or to supporting workplace fitness programs.

Well-Ahead promotes voluntary changes towards health in communities throughout the state. This is about Louisiana's people, leaders, businesses and organizations taking action because it is the right - and healthy - thing to do.

About WellSpots:

A key part of the Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative is recognizing places and organizations that are working to make it easier for Louisiana citizens to live well. Upon meeting certain wellness benchmarks, these environments are designated as “WellSpots.” 

LDH staff works closely with worksites, hospitals, schools, child care centers, colleges/universities and restaurants to help them identify and meet the wellness benchmarks. Once LDH staff verifies an organization has met enough benchmarks, it will be identified as a Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 WellSpot. Level 1 is the highest level of designation.

Let us help you become a WellSpot! Click here or email us at WellAhead@la.gov.

Want to learn more? Visit our FAQ page.