Gov. Ricketts honors recipients of 2022 Governor’s Wellness Award

LINCOLN, Nebraska — On Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska presented awards of recognition to the 2022 recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award.

This award was developed to celebrate Nebraska companies who take the initiative to promote a healthy working environment by contributing their time, leadership, and resources.

Read the following press release from the governor:

Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) made the announcement today regarding who will be receiving the Governor’s Wellness Award for the current year. Miss Nebraska 2022, Steffany Lien, joined the Governor and the Department of Health and Human Services to celebrate the award winners and highlight the significance of wellness in the workplace. Five businesses in the state of Nebraska are being recognized for their efforts in implementing wellness programs at their workplaces that are supported by evidence.

“Employers who have fostered a culture of wellbeing in their workplace are recognized with the Governor’s Wellness Award,” said Governor Ricketts. “The Governor’s Wellness Award” I applaud the winners of this year’s competition for their dedication to improving the emotional and physical well-being of their teammates. The people that work for a company are its most valuable resource. It is in the best interest of businesses to implement workplace programs that promote healthy eating and active living since doing so is beneficial for business.

A number of stress-relieving activities, such as yoga, blood drives, the development of a school health index, community events to promote exercise, and free health assessment screenings for teammates were among the activities that award recipients offered over the course of the previous year to earn their recognition.

This is the 15th year that the Governor’s Wellness Award has been presented to businesses in recognition of their commitment of resources and time to wellness initiatives inside the workplace. The award was first presented in 2008. Every application is required to give information in the following areas: leadership, data collection, intervention strategies, policy/environment support, and outcome evaluation.

The Governor’s Wellness Award is broken down into three categories, which are as follows:

The Sower Award is given to workplaces that have superior wellness initiatives and acknowledges those that have them.
Businesses and organizations who have shown a significant improvement in the health behaviors of their employees are eligible to receive the Grower Award.
Employers who can demonstrate measurable value and a positive return on investment as a result of their wellness programs are recognized as recipients of the Harvester Award.

Winners of the Governor’s Wellness Award for 2022 are as follows:

The Sower Award was given to Associated Staffing (Grand Island).
The Sower Award was presented to Grand Island Northwest Public Schools.
Grower Awards went to Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, Nebraska State University in Fremont, and the University of Nebraska Foundation in Lincoln. The Harvester Award went to Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha.

Since the Governor’s Wellness Award program was established, a total of 490 prizes, including those given out to the winners of this year’s competition, have been presented all over the state.

Employers in the state of Nebraska who are interested in finding out more about the Governor’s Wellness Award can do so online by clicking here. Awards are given out on a yearly basis and remain valid for a period of three years, after which time applicants are strongly encouraged to reapply.

The Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council, which is a part of the Panhandle Public Health District, is in charge of the Governor’s Wellness Award, which is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and managed by the council. Contact Nicole Berosek at 308-279-3496 or [email protected] if you are an employer interested in beginning a wellness program for your employees or strengthening an existing program.

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