Governor's Wellness Awards

2017 Governor’s Wellness Award - Grower

Community Hospital won the Governor’s Wellness Award-Grower award in 2017, a step up from the Sower award achieved in 2014. The Sower Award recognizes workplaces that have established quality wellness programs; while the Grower Award honors businesses and organizations demonstrating significant improvement in employee health behaviors. The award program is a partnership of the Governor’s Office, DHHS, and the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell. A total of 54 Nebraska employers representing 34 communities were honored for offering evidence-based worksite wellness programs for their employees.

2014 Governor’s Wellness Award - Sower

Community Hospital was one of 50 Nebraska employers receiving the 2014 Governor’s Wellness Award. The Governor’s Wellness Award honors businesses for successful efforts in promoting workplace wellness. A total of 252 awards have been given since the program began seven years ago. Nebraska is one of only a handful of states nationwide honoring wellness efforts of employers.

“These awards recognize employers for their serious commitment to employee well-being,” said Gov. Heineman. “Prevention and wellness efforts in the workplace have produced higher productivity, better employee satisfaction and helped control health care costs. Wellness works every time and I applaud these employers for making this investment”

The award was created to recognize Nebraska employers who have developed successful models for encouraging wellness at work. Factors considered for the award include the level of support for the program by company leaders, assessment of employee needs, wellness plan design, outcomes and benefits, and policies supporting healthy behaviors. Wellness programs typically provide employees with health education, health screenings and opportunities for exercise.

The Governor’s Wellness Award has two categories. The Sower Award recognizes workplaces that have established quality wellness programs; the Grower Award takes it to the next level, and honors businesses and organizations demonstrating significant improvement in employee health status through their wellness programs.

Nebraska businesses can apply for the Governor’s Wellness Award online at www.nebraska.gov/wellness. Awards are presented annually and are good for three years. The award program is a partnership of the Office of the Governor, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and WorkWell/Nebraska Safety Council. The Nebraska Worksite Wellness Toolkit can be found at www.worksitewellness.ne.gov.