Healthy Start

New PE Standards Spark Support from the Healthy Schools Training Krewe 

Physical education (PE) is the foundation of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program and is intended to provide students with the ability and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.  In April, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released the new physical education (PE) standardsThese standards were developed by a group of practitioners and stakeholders with expertise in physical education and are unique to Louisiana. 

With new standards in place, there is a need to support PE teachers in implementing quality physical education in schools. In August, Well-Ahead Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), the Louisiana Association of Health, Physical Activity, Recreation, and Dance (LAPHERD), and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation joined forces to coordinate trainings for PE teachers across the state.  Together with the Healthy Schools Training Krewe, these partners have led trainings in nine parishes across the state. A total of 753 PE teachers have attended the interactive trainings and received guidance and resources for implementing quality physical education. These trainings can potentially positively impact approximately 213,171 students in Louisiana!

With these trainings, and the resources developed by the
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, Louisiana is poised to further advance professional practice related to physical education

Did You Know?

  • Professional development for physical education teachers is critical for the implementation of quality physical education.
  • Students that attend PE are approximately 2-3 times more likely to be active outside of school and almost twice as likely to continue to be active in adulthood. 

Moving Louisiana’s Health Forward

Physical education is a key component of healthy schools.  The Healthy Schools Training Krewe is a group of expert trainers from different organizations that have joined forces to support healthier schools.  At no cost, the Krewe provides on-site professional development to those working to create healthier schools.  Take action today! Request a training by emailing Emily Pineda at          

Oldies but goodies

Playgrounds in Louisiana Get a Splash of Color to Inspire Play

Well-Ahead Louisiana has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Health's Bureau of Family Health, the Louisiana Department of Education, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and Tulane University School of Public Health to form the Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Improvement and Innovative Network (CoIIN). CoIIN works to improve nutrition and physical activity in early care settings.

This school year, CoIIN will purchase playground stencils that will create, improve and enhance outdoor play spaces at early childhood education centers, schools, and community spaces. Playground stencils are designed to create painted playgrounds.  They provide an excellent opportunity for children to get physically active and practice developmentally appropriate movement such as balance, locomotor skills, and spatial awareness. In addition, age appropriate stencils give children the opportunity to practice letter awareness, rhyming, color and number recognition, counting, patterning and measurement.  Stencils are reusable and have the potential to impact thousands of Louisiana children.  

Soon, the stencils will be available four use by early childhood education centers, schools and community spaces to.  CoIIN will provide a DIY toolkit and technical assistance to support early care staff in using the  stencils appropriately.


  • Over 76,000 children under the age 5 in Louisiana are obese - that's enough to fill 1,600 school buses!
  • Louisiana early childhood licensure regulations for childcare centers state that:
    • Children under age two shall be provided time and space for age appropriate physical activity for a minimum of 60 minutes per day.
    • Children age two and older shall be provided a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity per day that includes a combination of both teacher led and free play.


Help us ensure Louisiana children have the opportunity for a healthy start.  Email to be among the first to know when stencils are available.  Start gathering your stencil supplies today! Click here for a list of everything you will need.  One stencil at a time, we will move Louisiana’s health forward.