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Governor’s Wellness Award Application Open for 2017

Media Contacts:

Eric Maher, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1974

Leah Bucco-White, DHHS, 402-471-9356

Laurie Klosterboer, Nebraska Safety Council, 402-483-2511



LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the application process for the 2017 Governor’s Wellness Awards opens on March 9 with the final deadline on June 9, 2017.


“The Governor’s Wellness Award recognizes Nebraska employers who have established quality worksite wellness programs,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Wellness programs help empower our people and their families to live healthy lives and improve the quality of life for Nebraskans.”


The Governor’s Wellness Award encourages businesses to offer employee health and wellness programs.  Factors considered for the award include the level of support for the program within company leadership, assessment of employees’ needs, the design of the wellness plan, outcomes and benefits of the wellness plan, and policies supporting healthy behaviors.


An informational webinar that walks interested parties through the application process step-by-step is being held on March 9 at 9:00am and 2:00pm.  To join, go to the Nebraska Safety Council’s website at


Businesses interested in the Governor’s Wellness Award can apply online at   The final application deadline is June 9, 2017 by midnight.  The Governor’s Wellness Award is administered by the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, interested businesses should contact WorkWell at 402-483-2511 x102 or