Gov. Dave Heineman today announced that applications for the 2014 Governor's Wellness Awards are being accepted. The Governor's Wellness Award encourages businesses to offer employee health and wellness programs.
"This wellness award recognizes employers who make a serious commitment to employee well-being," said Gov. Heineman. "Prevention and wellness efforts at work have produced higher productivity, better employee satisfaction and encouraged Nebraskans to lead healthier lives."
Factors considered for the award include the level of support for the program within company leadership, assessment of employees' needs, the design of the wellness plan, outcomes and benefits of the wellness plan, and policies supporting healthy behaviors.
"Wellness programs empower employees to make good decisions about the health risk factors in their lives," said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. "They can help workers take action to avoid chronic illnesses that can adversely impact their health and affect their quality of life. We hope this award program will encourage more businesses to offer employee health and wellness programs."
The Governor's Wellness Awards program was created in 2008 to honor and highlight wellness programs that are models for others. Last year, 50 companies were honored making the total 203 awards given over the past six years.
Businesses are encouraged to apply by May 30. The final deadline to be considered for awards is June 27 by midnight. Businesses interested in the Governor's Wellness Award can apply online at www.nebraska.gov/wellness.
For more information about the Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award, contact Tonya Vyhlidal at 402-483-2511 or TVyhlidal@nesafetycouncil.org.