Governors Wellness Award 3 1 2014The 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. 

2018 Governors Wellness Awards Press Conference 0813 ReducedGovernor Pete Ricketts held a press conference on August 13, 2018 to recognize 38 Nebraska businesses that are receiving the Governor’s Excellence in Wellness Award.  Two Nebraska businesses were featured in the conference including Hexagon Lincoln and Hemingford Telephone. 

Photo at right, individuals L to R: Judy Martin – Deputy Health Director State of Nebraska, Rick Rashilla – Hemingford Telephone, Kirsten Lamle - Hexagon Lincoln, Governor Pete Ricketts, Tonya Mayer – Hemingford Telephone, Heidi Kadavy – Hexagon Lincoln.

Congratulations to All 2018 Award Winners

Large Grower

Beatrice Public Schools
CQuence Health Group
Educational Service Unit 8
Fremont Public Schools
Hexagon Lincoln 
Lincoln Surgical Hospital
Nebraska Public Power Distrct
Nelnet, Inc
Omaha Public Power District 
Schuyler Community Schools

Small Grower

Cirrus House, Inc
Hemingford Telephone & Mobius Communications

Large Sower

Cedars Youth Services
Central City Public Schools
Chadron Community Hospital
Creighton University
Educational Service Unit 4
Educational Service Unit 7
Falls City Public School
Fillmore Central Schools
Five Nines
Heartland Community School
Nebraska Methodist College
Plainview Public School
Regional West
Sampson Construction
Springfield Platteview Community Schools
Tabitha Health Care
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Small Sower

Chambers Public School
Exeter-Milligan Public Schools
Kenesaw Public School
Keya Paha County Schools
Lindsay Holy Family School
Niobrara Public School
Osmond Public Schools


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?

  1. The Sower Award for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
  2. The Sower Award for businesses with 50 or more employees.
  3. The Grower Award for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
  4. The Grower Award for businesses with 50 or more employees.

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. National awards are available for those that choose to take their wellness program to a higher level. Businesses that have achieved national recognition are “harvesting” financial return on investment. The Governor’s Wellness Awards have been developed to begin the process of planting, growing, and harvesting a quality, evidence based worksite wellness program. The Sower award has been created for small businesses with limited human and financial resources. Criteria to recognize large businesses and their vast array of services were taken into consideration for this award.

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 can choose to receive that certificate in the mail or may be recognized publicly at one of the wellness council banquets. Banquet information will be sent with your recognition notice. In addition, award recipients will be listed on the State of Nebraska website. 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.

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

Contact WorkWell Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

How do I apply for the award?

Click on the following link: Governor's Wellness AwardWatch our video on how to apply for the award. Go to the login box and click first time user. Follow the directions to register. 

Stay Tuned: Governor's Wellness Award Application Time Line for 2019

TBD - Application Process
TBD - Application Process Webinar
May 1, 2019 – Application Due for Peer Review (Peer Review process allows for your application to be reviewed previous to final submission.)
June 1, 2019 – Final Due Date (due by midnight)
August 2019 – Announcement of Awards
September & October – Awards Ceremonies