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If you've already established the five Live HealthSmart Alabama initiatives and you're ready to apply for the Designation, please read the information below and complete the application at the bottom of the page.

If you're trying to decide whether or not your organization is ready, try our helpful quiz.

Additional Goals (Choose 3+)

Receiving the Designation is a prestigious honor. To maintain this status, we ensure all of our Designations set a number of goals for healthy living. In addition to the strategies you're already implementing, we ask that applicants choose three or more additional tactics from the list below. Each of these items falls into our policies, systems, and environment framework.

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Developing health incentive programs that reward individuals for reaching their health and wellness goals for physical activity, healthy eating, & prevention/wellness

Estalishing joint or shared-use agreements that allow public use of school gymnasiums, workplace workout facilities, greenspace, or playground equipment

Subsidizing memberships to local gyms for employees and/or hosting exercise classes

For physicians, prescribing exercise as a form of medicine

For schools, incorporating national programs such as "Safe Routes to School" or "Walk to School" days

For schools, ensuring that students receive 60 minutes of physical activity each day

Offering discounts on heart-healthy meals or food items

Developing health councils to review and monitor prevention and wellness goals

Hosting monthly lunch and learn educational sessions

Facilitating annual in-service training and continuing education sessions to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and prevention/wellness

Forming walking teams

Developing community gardens and teaching farms

Posting calorie, fat, carbohydrate, and sodium content on food items in the cafeteria

Providing access to cool, clean water at no cost

Ordering nutritious meals at sponsored events

Placing healthier items at eye level in vending machines

Developing "healthy stairways" (well lit, safe stairways with health messaging)

Placing healthy messages in strategic locations to reinforce positive behaviors

Using symbols such as a star, check, or heart to indicate the healthy food items

Application for Designation

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Live HealthSmart Alabama Designation?

    A Live HealthSmart Alabama Designation is an honor given to organizations that commit to making good health simple for their employees and communities. These organizations promote and encourage their employees and community members to live healthier lives and foster an environment for healthy behaviors to become habits.

  • How do I become a Live HealthSmart Alabama Designated Partner?

    Start by reviewing our website and completing our quick quiz to find out if your organization is ready. If you feel your organization is ready now, you can proceed with completing the designation application.

  • What happens after I complete an application?

    You’ll receive a confirmation email that your application was received and someone from our team will contact you with the next steps. Your application will be reviewed and a meeting will be scheduled to learn more about your current employee wellness efforts. You’ll learn during this meeting if you are a successful applicant.

  • What if my organization was not selected to be a Designated Partner?

    If your organization is not ready to complete the full application or you were not selected as a designation, a team member will help you develop a plan to meet all requirements. After you implement your plan, you may resubmit your application and LHSA will review your revised application.

  • What resources will I have access to once I’m a designee?

    You’ll have access to health and wellness toolkits that you can download and utilize. You will have the opportunity to invite your employees to join educational lunch and learns from UAB partners and experts.

  • What happens after I am granted a Designation?

    You will be invited to attend a designation ceremony with other organizations that have received a Designation. This ceremony will honor those that are making strides toward a healthier Alabama. From there, you will receive access to our designee toolkit, invitations to lunch and learns, and invitations to attend coalition meetings. Your organization will be invited to take part in roundtable discussions with other designation leaders to continue a path to make good health simple in Alabama.

  • Can I order Live HealthSmart Alabama Designation promotional items?

    Once you’ve been selected as a Designation, you will receive a form you may use to order an initial supply of Live HealthSmart Alabama promotional items. For future orders, you will need to purchase the items. We will give you the Live HealthSmart Alabama Designated Partner logo so you can co-brand additional items.

  • Can a school earn a Designation?

    You can absolutely participate if you are a school. The health and wellness of our students is key in creating a healthier population in the long run. How to start the process to become a Live HealthSmart Alabama school:

    • Adopt healthy vending and school cafeteria options, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and unprocessed foods.
    • Increase opportunities for physical activity for students who don’t participate in team or competitive sports.
    • Encourage students to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
    • Develop a school health council to review and monitor prevention and wellness goals.
  • Can a restaurant earn a Designation?

    The places we go to enjoy food are at the heart of a healthy community. How to become a Live HealthSmart Alabama restaurant:

    • Include nutritional information on all printed and displayed menus. This should include information on calories, fat, carbohydrates, and sodium.
    • Indicate heart-healthy menu items with a star, check, or heart to make choosing healthy menu items easier for customers.
  • Can businesses earn a Designation?

    Live HealthSmart Alabama businesses engage the well-being of their employees, transforming Alabama into a state where everyone can enjoy a healthy future. How to become a Live HealthSmart Alabama business:

    • Encourage employees to take short physical activity breaks or “exercise snacks” during the day.
    • Ensure clean, cool water is always available to employees at no cost.
    • Post promotional signage on vending machines to promote the healthier items.
    • Host annual educational sessions including, but not limited to, the relationship between lifestyle and health, weight management, smoking cessation, healthy lifestyle choices, and behavioral change, and skill building programs.
  • What if I’m not classified as a school, restaurant, or business?

    If you feel your organization doesn’t fall into any of these categories, reach out through our contact us page and someone from our team will contact you to learn more about your organization.