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Light of Wellness Awards Dinner

Recognizing Wellness Champions 

The William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards are a great opportunity to recognize your wellness champions. The William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards Dinner recognizes individuals who embrace wellness and serve as role models for others.

The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Creighton University Harper Center Ballroom.

Awards are presented in three different categories:

Health Inspiration: Celebrates employees who have been steadfast supporters and active participants in their company’s wellness program. They inspire and serve as role models for others.

Health Transformation: Recognizes employees who now lead healthier lifestyles and have made a significant health transformation as a result of participating in their company’s wellness program.

Leadership: Recognizing business and community leaders for providing encouragement, time and resources to create a healthy workplace for all employees. Recipients are role models for strategically moving the wellness program to a top business priority.  This award is specifically designated for senior level executives.

2016 Light of Wellness Honorees

Honorary Leadership
Mike Foutch- First National Bank

Health Inspiration
Carrie Aylward- Dial Retirement Communities
Sara Evans- Mutual of Omaha
Lisa Fuchs- Nebraska Methodist College
Melissa Koller- WoodmenLife
Kate Loftin- Physicians Mutual

Health Transformation
Marcus Benzel- C&A Industries
Scott Boone- First National Bank
Cynthia Carter- Nebraska Medicine
Andy Hanneman- C&A Industries
Penny Lyons- Union Pacific Railroad
Cymone Russ- Physicians Mutual
Shelbie Weihs- Fit In The City

Honoring William M. Kizer

The William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards Dinner honors WELLCOM founder, William M. Kizer. Mr. Kizer pioneered the worksite wellness movement. He is Chairman Emeritus of Central States Indemnity and founded the Wellness Council of the Mildlands, now WELLCOM, in 1982. More than 30 years later, the mission continues reaching thousands of employees across the Midwest. The Light of Wellness Award was named in his honor in 2001.

Our Impact

  • Lives that have been impacted by WELLCOM


  • Businesses that have implemented a healthy workplace policy due to the work of WELLCOM


  • Small businesses that have been provided with opportunities to improve their worksite wellness through WELLCOM


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