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Gov. Ricketts Announces Sign-Ups for the 2018 Governor’s Wellness Award

Media Contacts:  

Luke Robson, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1967

Judi Yorges, Department of Health and Human Services, 402-471-6585

Lisa Henning, Nebraska Safety Council, 402-483-2511 x109




LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts encouraged businesses to apply for the 2018 Governor’s Wellness Award, with the final deadline on June 1, 2018.


“The Governor’s Wellness Award recognizes Nebraska employers who have established evidence-based worksite wellness programs,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Wellness programs are good business and a wise investment in a company’s greatest asset – its employees.  A healthy workplace helps people and families live healthier lives and improves the quality of life.”


The Governor’s Wellness Award is structured around a business model for managing wellness programs.  Factors considered for the award include leadership support, assessment of employees’ health risks and interests, a written wellness plan with measurable goals and objectives, supportive policies and environments, and ability to demonstrate outcomes from wellness efforts.


An informational webinar that walks interested parties through the application process step-by-step is being held on April 5 at 2:00 p.m.  To join, go to the Nebraska Safety Council’s website at  All current and future applicants are encouraged to attend a webinar.


During this year’s webinar, award upgrades will be announced that impact all 2019 and future applicants.  New award applications in 2019 will specify additional requirements like completing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Worksite Health ScoreCard  -


Businesses interested in the Governor’s Wellness Award can apply online at  The final application deadline is June 1, 2018 by midnight.  The Governor’s Wellness Award is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell.  For more information, interested businesses should contact WorkWell at 402-483-2511 x109 or