Mary Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council presents the Wellness Frontiers Award to Melissa Martin, Director of Well-Ahead Louisiana.

Well-Ahead Louisiana, an initiative of the Louisiana Department of Health, was recently honored with the prestigious Wellness Frontiers Award from the Healthcare Leadership Council. 

The Healthcare Leadership Council created the Wellness Frontiers Award to promote best practices and draw attention to existing wellness initiatives that demonstrate excellence and quality.  

Well-Ahead Louisiana earned this recognition for their work to create WellSpots across Louisiana. WellSpots are worksites, hospitals, schools, child care centers, colleges/universities and restaurants that have worked with the Louisiana Department of Health to meet wellness benchmarks and to implement voluntary, smart changes to make healthier living easier for all Louisiana residents.

“The greatest healthcare challenge our nation faces today is the escalation of chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.  The good news is that we can successfully combat this problem through innovative approaches that encourage wellness and healthy lifestyles,” said Mary R. Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council.  “We are recognizing the Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative because its WellSpot Designation Program is exactly the kind of exciting, game-changing program that should be spotlighted and replicated throughout the United States.”

There are currently 2,267 Well Spots across Louisiana.

“Each WellSpot designation is a small step toward improving Louisiana’s health outcomes and reducing the financial and personal cost of chronic disease,” said Melissa Martin, Director of Well-Ahead Louisiana. “Receiving the national Wellness Frontiers Award commends our efforts to balance our state’s vibrant culture with healthy living. It also celebrates communities and partners that are helping us move Louisiana’s health forward.”

To learn more about becoming a WellSpot, visit

About Healthcare Leadership Council:

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) ( is a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare and is an exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to collaboratively develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that emphasizes wellness and makes affordable, high quality care assessable to all Americans.  For more information on HLC’s Wellness Frontiers Award, visit  

About Well-Ahead Louisiana:

Well-Ahead Louisiana is an initiative of the Louisiana Department of Health aimed at improving the health and wellness of Louisiana residents. Well-Ahead Louisiana 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 will make healthy living easily accessible. To learn more, visit or follow us on Facebook @Well-Ahead Louisiana, LinkedIn @Well-Ahead Louisiana, Twitter @WellAheadLA, and Instagram @WellAheadLouisiana