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Gov. Ricketts Encourages Businesses to Apply for 2019 Governor’s Wellness Award

Media Contacts:  

Eric Maher, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970

Leah Bucco-White, Health and Human Services, 402-471-9356

Lisa Henning, Nebraska Safety Council, 402-483-2511, ext. 109


Media Release:

Gov. Ricketts Encourages Businesses to Apply for 2019 Governor’s Wellness Award


LINCOLN– Today, Governor Pete Ricketts encouraged businesses to apply for the 2019 Governor’s Wellness Award before the application deadline on June 1, 2019.


“The Governor’s Wellness Award recognizes employers who are putting people first and creating opportunities for Nebraskans to be active and healthy at work,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Wellness programs help make healthier employees, which in turn strengthens workplace performance and creates a solid foundation for overall success.”


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.


New features this year include updated criteria and the new elite Harvester Award, which will be open to the most advanced wellness programs in Nebraska. 


All new and recertifying applicants are encouraged to attend the award information webinar.  The webinar walks interested parties through the application process step-by-step and is being held on April 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. CT.  To join, go to the Nebraska Safety Council’s website at


Businesses interested in the Governor’s Wellness Award will find the application link at  The final application deadline is June 1, 2019 by midnight CT.  


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