LAUSD recognizes that school personnel, administrative staff, and all other employees involved in the educational process set the culture and tone of the educational environment. The District will strive to promote healthy living for staff and students. It should be recognized that in order to promote student wellness, employee wellness must also be emphasized and that there should be a common goal for the entire educational community. The overall goal shall be to improve employee wellness awareness to promote proactive preventive care. The objectives of this endeavor are to reduce health-care costs, increase productivity, and reduce absenteeism, worker’s compensation, and retirement costs due to disability. The District has begun the process of designing a District-wide Wellness and Total Health Management Program. However, in the interim, it is the intent of this blueprint to provide minimal guidelines for schools and offices in promoting healthy living styles for employees that is also compliant with an array of laws and regulations.