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The Governor's Wellness Award was developed to help organizations of all sizes across the state of Nebraska become recognized for their wellness efforts. The Governor's Wellness Award has recognized over 250 companies with several companies recieving the award more than once since 2008 for their wellness achievements. We are proud to be the administrators and facilitators of this great awards process.

What is the Governor's Wellness Award?

This award was created to encourage all businesses in Nebraska to offer wellness and health programs for their employees.

What are the different award levels?

Each of the following is available in two categories: businesses with fewer than 50 employees, and businesses with 50 or more employees.

- The Sower Award

- The Grower Award

- The Harvester Award

All award criteria is based on sound research and best practice models. The Sower Award is intended to be a stepping-stone to the Grower and Harvester Awards. As with agriculture, worksite wellness is an evolutionary process. There is always room for growth and change.  

The Sower Award is intended to be a stepping-stone to the Grower Award. All award criteria are based on sound research and best practice models. As with agriculture, worksite wellness is an evolutionary process. There is always room for growth and change. The Sower Award plants the seed for wellness.

The Grower Award rewards businesses for changing health behaviors. 

The Harvester Award is available to businesses that are reaping the benefits of an advanced wellness program and can demonstrate top shelf outcomes. 

The Governor’s Wellness Awards have been developed to begin the process of planting, growing, and harvesting a quality, evidence based worksite wellness program. 

Awards Timeline

April 1, 2019 – Application Open

April 11, 2019Informational Webinar

May 10, 2019 -  Peer Review Deadline for application assistance

June 1, 2019 - Final Application Deadline (midnight)

August, 2019 - Official announcement of award winners

October 8, 2019 - Award recognition at the WELLCOM’s Wellness Awards Gala


What is the cost to apply?

There is no cost to apply.

How and when will our company be recognized?

All award recipients will be formally notified by the Governor and receive a framed certificate. You will be recognized publicly at WELLCOM's Wellness Awards Gala on October 8, 2019.  In addition, award recipients will be listed on the WELLCOM and the State of Nebraska websites. The State of Nebraska will issue periodic press releases announcing award recipients. A media release will be provided in your award packets for use with your local media.

How long will my certification be valid?

Your award is valid for three years, at which time you can reapply. You may upgrade from the Sower to the Grower award anytime your company meets the higher standards. Businesses are encouraged to continuing growing their program, therefore the Sower award may only be granted twice to an applicant (i.e. may only reapply for the Sower Award once in a lifetime). It is expected that applicants will move to a Grower Award after that time.

Who can I contact to find out more information about the application process or wellness programs for my employees?

Contact WELLCOM's Member Services Manager, Justin Holes, for more information.  Governor's Wellness Award 1-on-1 consultations are available to WELLCOM members to help you complete your application.  If you would like to set up an consultation appointment, please click here.    

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