Promising Practices by Local Leaders

Schools can provide a healthy environment for students, teachers and families to learn and experience the benefits of healthy physical activity, good nutrition and improved wellness. Through a generous grant from The Humana Foundation, Ochsner surveyed 85 schools in the Jefferson Parish Public School System and identified promising practices (methods, techniques and activities) to improve the health and wellness of students, teachers, faculty/staff and families.

This site serves to highlight local leaders in schools (teachers, nurses, food service staff, etc.) that have introduced and encouraged activities, techniques and methods to promote healthier behaviors. As we learn and strive towards better health we encourage you to:

  • Connect with the local leaders featured here

  • Consider trying one of the highlighted promising practices

  • Contribute your own promising practice

Featured Local Leader

Sheliah Dijon

Sheliah Dijohn at Hazel Park Elementary School

  • Sample Wellness Activities:
    • PPF Fridays – Popcorn, Pickles and Freezies – Healthy Snacks
    • Training Faculty/Staff on Wellness Policy
  • Personal Favorite Wellness Activity:
    • Faculty/Staff Wellness Retreat
  • Recommended Step to Get Started:
    • Find funding – empowers and gives you means to do more to complement your current activities
    • Get administration’s support

Connect with Sheliah at

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