The newly updated online application system is now open!

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 480 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 

  • March 15, 2021 -  Governor's Award Application Opens
  • May 31, 2021 - Peer Review Deadline for Application Assistance
  • June 15, 2021 - Final Application Deadline @ Midnight
  • September 2021 - Official Announcement of Award Winners

2021 Recipients will have their choice to accept their award at any one of the following events, virtually or in-person as determined to be safe at that time:

  • TBD - Gering Conference Awards Luncheon
  • TBD - Kearney Conference Awards Luncheon
  • TBD - York Conference Awards Luncheon 
  • TBD - Omaha 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.

    Where can I access the scorecard/assessment to determine which one is best for completion by my organization/school?

    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.

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