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.

Congratulations 2017 Award Winners

Large Grower

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Hastings Public Schools
Bayard Public Schools
Boone Central Schools
Community Hospital - McCook
University of Nebraska Foundation
Norfolk Iron & Metal Company
Bruning-Davenport School
City of Chadron
Union Bank & Trust Company
Head Start C&FDP, Inc.
Fillmore County Hospital
Columbus Public Schools
Lincoln Industries
Assurity Life Insurance Company
Homer Community School
Educational Service Unit 6
C&A Industries, Inc.
Lincoln Public Schools
Randolph Public Schools
Seward Public Schools
RDG Planning & Design

Small Grower

Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands
Sarpy County Cooperative Head Start
Educational Service Unit 9
Region 3 Behavioral Health Services
Silver Lake Public School
Nebraska State Education Association
Nebraska Association of School Boards
Educational Service Unit 17
Grand Island Central Catholic School

Large Sower

Nebraska Organ Recovery
ESU 10
Bloomfield Community Schools
Omaha Performing Arts
Thayer Central Community Schools
Hershey Public Schools
Dial Retirement Communities-Nebraska
Bennington Public Schools
Hyatt Global Contact Center - Omaha
Nebraska City Public Schools
Lyons-Decatur Northeast School
Battle Creek Public Schools
CHI Health

Small Sower

Blue Hill Public Schools
Rock County Public Schools
Axtell Community School
Shelby-Rising City Public School
Loup County Public School
Shickley Public School

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. 


Governor's Wellness Award Application Time Line for 2018

Open Now - Application Process
April 5, 2018 - Application Process Webinar
May 1, 2018 – Application Due for Peer Review (Peer Review process allows for your application to be reviewed previous to final submission.)
June 1, 2018 – Final Due Date (due by midnight)
August 2018 – Announcement of Awards
September & October – Awards Ceremonies