Gov. Ricketts Honors 2016 Recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award
Taylor Gage, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970
Leah Bucco-White, Health & Human Services, 402-471-9356
A list of 2016 Governor’s Wellness Award winners is attached.
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Human Services (DHHS) announced this year’s recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award. A total of 44 Nebraska employers representing 28 communities are being honored for developing and implementing successful worksite wellness programs.
“Worksite wellness programs help us grow a healthier Nebraska by offering employees opportunities to embrace a healthy lifestyle and improve their quality of life,” Governor Ricketts said. “These employers have demonstrated leadership, vision, and a commitment to making wellness an integral part of their workplace culture.”
The Governor’s Wellness Award was created nine years ago to recognize Nebraska employers who dedicate leadership, resources, and time to wellness efforts in the workplace. The Governor’s Wellness Award process is a rigorous one. Each applicant must provide information in the areas of organizational support, data collection, intervention strategies, communication planning, policies supporting healthy behaviors, and outcomes and benefits.
“Nebraska businesses are empowering employees to make an investment in their own health through coaching, preventive screenings, and health education and opportunities to increase physical activity, eat healthier, quit tobacco, and manage stress. Worksite wellness efforts equal a win-win for everyone involved,” said Judy Martin, DHHS Deputy Director of Community and Environmental Health.
The Governor’s Wellness Award has two categories. The Sower Award recognizes workplaces that have established quality wellness programs. The Grower Award takes it to the next level, and honors businesses and organizations demonstrating significant improvement in employee health behaviors. Including this year’s winners, 315 total awards have been distributed across the state.
Awards will be presented to this year’s winners at four separate award ceremonies during the months of September and October. The award ceremonies will be held in Lincoln on September 19, Kearney on September 29, Gering on October 6, and Omaha on October 11.
Nebraska employers can apply for the Governor’s Wellness Award online at www.nebraska.gov/wellness. Awards are presented annually and are good for three years. The award program is a partnership of the Office of the Governor, DHHS, and the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell. For employers interested in starting a wellness program or enhancing an existing one, the Nebraska Worksite Wellness Toolkit is a great resource and can be found at www.worksitewellness.ne.gov.