Please note: This timeline has been updated due to COVID-19.

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The Governor’s Wellness Award is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council, proudly part of Panhandle Public Health District.  For more information, interested businesses should contact Jessica Davies at 308-487-3600 x101 or

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 466 companies with several companies receiving the award more than once since 2008 for their wellness achievements. We are proud to be the administrators and facilitators of this evidence-based 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?

The Governor’s Wellness Awards have been developed to begin the process of planting, growing, and harvesting a quality, evidence based worksite wellness program. Each of the following is available in two categories: businesses with fewer than 50 employees, and businesses with 50 or more employees.

Awards Timeline - This timeline has been adjusted due to COVID-19

June 30, 2020 – One Hour Application Webinar Overview, Q & A

Please register for Governor's Wellness Award 2020 Webinar Overview, Q & A  at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

July 1, 2020 -  Governor's Award Application Opens

July 30, 2020 - Peer Review Deadline for Application Assistance

August 14 2020 - Final Application Deadline @ Midnight

Week of September 21 - Official Announcement of Award Winners

2020 Recipients will have their choice to accept their award at any one of the following events, virtually or as determined safely at that time:

  • October 1, 2020 - Gering Conference Awards Luncheon
  • October 1, 2020 - Kearney Conference Awards Luncheon
  • October 6, 2020 - Omaha Evening Gala 
  • October 8, 2020 - York Conference Awards Luncheon 

    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 a banquet of your choice.  In addition, award recipients will be listed on 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 Jessica Davies for more information.


    Apply now!

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