St. Charles Parish Hospital partners with schools for Health, Wellness & Vaping Awareness Event

Published 6:05 pm Friday, November 4, 2022

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LULING – St. Charles Parish Hospital and St. Charles Parish Public Schools have partnered to host the event “Team Up for Student Health” on Nov. 10, designed for sixth through 12th grade students and their parents/guardians to encourage health, wellness, and smoking and vaping prevention.

“Team Up for Student Health” will take place at the Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center, 275 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling. The lobby will open at 5 p.m. with STEM activities, interactive demonstrations, and educational health-focused exhibits from Ochsner Performance TrainingOchsner Eat FitOchsner Education Outreach and more.

Following the exhibition portion of the evening, a panel of speakers, including St. Charles Parish Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ken Oertling and St. Charles Parish Hospital Chief Executive Officer Keith Dacus, will take the stage at 6 p.m.

Presentations will focus on wellness with a direct emphasis on smoking and vaping prevention and the correlation between successful educational engagement and positive health.

“As vaping has become more popular among today’s youth, we want to share the facts about smoking with our community to encourage health and wellness. When students feel good and have positive, healthy habits, they are more likely to succeed academically and experience great success. Our goal is to empower our community with the knowledge and tools to form healthy habits for a bright future,” said Dacus.

An adult should accompany those participating students in middle school. Attendees will have the opportunity to win exciting prizes, including tickets to New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans games.

“As a school system, we provide high-quality educational experiences to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and values required to become productive global citizens.  Topics surrounding health and wellness in general are at the forefront of our society right now, and we want to help provide our students and community with the knowledge and tools needed to ensure their health and wellbeing for the future,” said Oertling.


Ochsner Health is proud to partner with St. Charles Parish Public Schools to bring this initiative to life in hopes of creating a healthy community. For more information about St. Charles Parish Hospital visit and visit for more information about St. Charles Parish Public Schools.