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The I.C.E. (Innovate, Connect, Engage) Award

Applications are closed for 2019.

In the spirit of its three guiding principles – Innovate, Connect, and Engage (ICE) – WELLCOM is introducing a new way to recognize corporate cultural innovation and impact with the I.C.E. Award.

When William Kizer founded the Wellness Council of the Midlands (now WELLCOM) alongside executives from Valmont, Mutual of Omaha, and Union Pacific, it was an innovation that formed the first wellness council in the nation that was to serve as a blueprint for the formation of councils to follow.

It is this forward-thinking innovation and cultural impact that WELLCOM is seeking to award in organizations across the Midwest.

The WELLCOM I.C.E. Award evaluates your company culture based on innovation from any department within your organization – not just the wellness team! Proof and examples of cultural improvement can spotlight any part of the company that is contributing to employee wellness. Let us know about your new, unusual, and groundbreaking innovations impacting your company culture!

Application is open to both WELLCOM members and not-yet-members. Finalists will be recognized at WELLCOM’s 2019 Wellness Awards Gala on October 8, 6-9pm, where the winner will be announced.

Following the Wellness Awards Gala, WELLCOM will release a white paper on the 2019 I.C.E. Award winner’s innovative organizational practice(s).

Key Criteria for Evaluation:

  • INNOVATION: Exhibit that your company is transforming the wellness sphere.
  • CONNECTION: Exhibit that your company culture is focused on the wellness of its employees by purposefully connecting organizational goals to employee wellness outcomes.
  • ENGAGEMENT: Explain how your examples of innovation have or will have long-term impact on company culture and comprehensive employee wellness and engagement.


  • When Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini experienced life-changing results from adopting mindfulness practices, he didn't keep the practices to himself but launched a mindfulness-based wellness program within Aetna, measuring stress and how employee stress could be reduced. “What makes this all work was not my ideas; these were indicators from the study and the journals,” Bertolini said “But I kicked it off and gave the organization permission to invest in each other and create resiliency and build a mission-oriented business around people, planet and profits - in that order.” Watch testimonials here!


1. Complete this brief online form to answer the following:

  • Describe your company’s innovative wellness practice(s) and/or influence(s) (from any part of your organization).
  • Explain how this innovation impacts a company culture centered around wellness.
  • Briefly describe any future implication or enhancement of this innovation.
  • Applicant may provide any supporting materials demonstrating their example (optional).

2. Finalists will be asked to participate in a conversational interview process for further evaluation of your company culture, wellness innovation, and long-term impact.

Applications are closed for 2019.

Eight Dimensions of Wellbeing

WELLCOM holds to SAMHSA's eight dimensions of wellbeing:

Emotional | The ability to cope effectively with life, create satisfying relationships, and maintain a realistic self-concept and enthusiasm about life.

  • Example: Managing stress by doing intentional activities that elicit a 'relaxation response.'
  • Example: Recognizing and expressing a full range of feelings in a healthy way.
  • Example: Taking responsibility for one's own feelings and avoiding blaming others for the way one feels.

Environmental | Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support wellbeing.

  • Example: My current living environment is safe and supports my lifestyle.
  • Example: Access to green spaces near one's home.

Financial | Satisfaction with current and future financial situations; the capacity to manage economic resources including savings, debt reduction, and a monthly budget.

  • Example: Solid understanding of one's financial portfolio.
  • Example: Ability to live within one's means by prioritizing ‘wants’ from ‘needs.'

Intellectual | Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.

  • Example: Lifelong learner who willingly integrates new learning into an evolving worldview.
  • Example: Willing to listen to new ideas different from one's own, and constantly re-examine one's judgments.
  • Example: Seeks opportunities that challenge one's critical thinking skills.

Occupational | Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one's work; the process of engaging in activities that contribute to one's own personal growth as well as make the world a better place.

  • Example: Spends time working at activities that benefit individuals or society.
  • Example: Chooses a life role that one enjoys and matches one's values and lifestyle.
  • Example: Balances work with play and other important aspects of one's life.

Physical | Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep; the process of prioritizing my body's needs including adequate physical activity, sleep, and nutrition in order to live my optimum life.

  • Example: Takes proactive steps to avoid and prevent injury and illness.
  • Example: Balances the amount of food consumed with sufficient exercise.
  • Example: Abstains from addictive behaviors including alcohol, drugs, caffeine, and nicotine.

Social | Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.

  • Example: Communicates honestly and directly including resolving conflicts in a healthy, timely manner.
  • Example: Maintains a strong mutual, independent social support system.

Spiritual | Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

  • Example: Has consistency among beliefs, values, and behaviors.
  • Example: Appreciates the individual uniqueness, diversity, and need for connectedness among all people.

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