College & University WellSpot benchmarks

College & University Benchmarks

Colleges and universities have a great opportunity to make the healthy choice the easy choice for students and staff by doing things like adopting a 100% tobacco-free campus policy, offering worksite wellness programming for staff, and offering free or low cost health and wellness resources to students.

To learn more about the benchmarks for college and university WellSpots and to get your college or university moving Well-Ahead, take the college and university assessment

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College/University WellSpot Benchmarks

All college and university WellSpots must be designated tobacco-free locations. In addition to being tobacco-free, colleges and universities may meet additional wellness benchmarks.

Level Three

Level Two

Level One

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Three benchmarks of choice
  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Five benchmarks of choice
  • Tobacco-free policy
  • All benchmarks met
Benchmarks Documentation/Verification

Comprehensive tobacco-free policy

Copy of policy

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Tobacco cessation coverage within employee health plans

Copy of health plan benefits or health plan promotional materials

Promotion of the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline or another approved cessation service organization

Written description or pictures of ways in which the LA Tobacco Quitline or other service is promoted to employees and students

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Designation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace or Champion 

Well-Ahead LA will verify this benchmark is met with the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. 

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Worksite Wellness Program - Beginning Implementation 
The first steps in beginning a worksite wellness program are gaining support from management, determining who will lead the program, and planning an initial assessment of your employees to determine current health habits and interests.

  • Letter from management indicating support for a worksite wellness program
  • Name of the designated staff person to lead the program
  • Brief description of worksite/employee assessments planned, in progress, or completed
RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Worksite Wellness Program - Partial Implementation
Once you’ve assessed your employees, you will utilize the results to develop a work plan of activities or programs to encourage healthy behaviors surrounding physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation and mental health. 

Copy of wellness work plan or calendar of events specific to the organization, reflective of assessment results, and including activity descriptions related to physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation and mental health.  

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Worksite Wellness Program - Full Implementation
Now that you have a plan, you’ll continue to encourage and motivate your employees as you implement the plan. After one year, you’ll do an assessment to evaluate the impact of your program. Assessments should be continued on an annual basis.

Description of how annual program evaluation was conducted or copy of annual evaluation results.

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Promotion of the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! message in at least two ways

Written description or pictures of at least two ways in which the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! message is promoted to employees and students. 

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At least 50% of vending items in each snack and beverage machine or provided snack options meet approved healthy vending guidelines

Inventory of vending machine or snack options from vendor (with nutritional information if available) or picture of vending machine (if nutritional information is posted on the machine).

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Promotion of self-assessment tools for prediabetes and heart health among employees

Written description or pictures of ways in which the self-assessment tools are promoted

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Offer at least three student health and wellness services related to the following: 
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Mental health  

Written description of ways in which at least three health and wellness services are offered to students 

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Cafeteria(s) offer and promote at least one healthy entree option (during each meal time) daily that meets approved nutrition guidelines 

  • Copy of menu showing healthy options available at each meal time
  • Description as to how each menu item meets approved nutrition guidelines
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