West feliciana parish library makes healthy living easier for employees and patrons
The West Feliciana Parish Library has been a hub for the St. Francisville community for many years, providing resources for patrons such as meeting spaces, children and teen reading spaces, and a newly built playground and walking trail.
The library wanted to ensure that the spaces available to patrons reflect healthy living choices and provide a health-conscious environment for all patrons. One challenge the library faced involved individuals regularly smoking at the entrance to the library, often causing patrons to have to walk through cigarette smoke upon entering the building. Desiring to protect its patrons from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke[i], the library saw a wonderful opportunity for partnership when they were approached by Well-Ahead Louisiana about adopting wellness benchmarks through the WellSpot Designation Program.
The Well-Ahead team assisted the West Feliciana Parish library in adopting a comprehensive tobacco-free policy, ensuring that employees and patrons would no longer be allowed to smoke near the entrance of the library. The library also began promoting the Louisiana Quitline, which offers free cessation coaching and resources to those who want to quit using tobacco. In addition to the tobacco-related benchmarks, the library started promoting the 5-2-1-0 message and adopted a healthy meeting policy[ii], ensuring healthy options are served at all meetings.
The director of the library, Glenna Fallin, says, “The designation of being a WellSpot will affect many in the community as they begin to see the changes in health consciousness here. Our new policies in regards to breastfeeding, smoking, and food/beverage content at meetings and programs will, hopefully, cross over into the public’s private lives as well.” The West Feliciana Library has become a great role model for local businesses in West Feliciana Parish, and the staff is hoping other businesses will join in to move Louisiana’s health forward!
Did You Know?
29.1% of men and 33.6% of women use counseling and/or medication to quit smoking.1
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.2
There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure; even brief exposure can be harmful to health.3
Moving Louisiana’s Health Forward
WellSpots are places and spaces in Louisiana that have implemented healthy changes in their environment to help their employees and community members live well. It’s easy to become a WellSpot. Start the WellSpot designation process today by taking the online assessment here.