Governor’s Wellness Award Winners Recognized During Press Briefing

Governor’s Wellness Award Winners Recognized During Press Briefing
Courtesy of office of Governor Ricketts. Gov. Ricketts (far right) and Dr. Gary Anthone (far left) with representatives of wellness award-winning organizations (from left to right): Joslynne Stauss (Waverly School District), Nichole Hall (ESU #6), and Jared Carlson (Assurity Life Insurance Company).

LINCOLN – Recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award were honored earlier this week.

From the Governor’s Hearing Room in the Nebraska State Capitol, Pete Ricketts was joined by Dr. Gary Anthone, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director of Public Health and representatives from the organizations receiving the awards.

Governor Ricketts started by updating Nebraskans that hospitalization numbers have gone up. Rickets said there were 231 hospitalizations last Thursday.

“Over the course of the last week or so we have seen an increase in hospitalizations,” said Ricketts. “In fact, as of yesterday (Sunday) we were at 224 hospitalizations which is very close to our peak on May 27 which was 232 hospitalization.”

The Governor’s Wellness Award was created to recognize Nebraska employers who dedicate leadership, resources and time to wellness efforts in the workplace.

Jared Carlson (Assurity Life Insurance Company); Nichole Hall (Educational Service Unit 6 in Milford) and Joslynne Stauss (Waverly School District 145) spoke during Monday’s press briefing.

The award has three categories of the Sower Award, Grower Award and Harvester Award. Dr. Anthone added four employers will receive Sower Awards and 10 the Grower Awards.

“Again, I want to commend the 14 winners of the Governor Wellness Award this year,” Dr. Anthone added. “For focusing on the health and well-being of their employees and making wellness part of their workplace culture.”

A total of 14 Nebraska organizations representing 13 communities were honored for offering evidence-based worksite wellness programs. The Governor’s Wellness Awards have been around for 13 years.

Including this year’s winners, 480 total awards have been distributed across the state. Awards will be presented at one of four virtual award ceremonies happening in September and October.

Governor Ricketts also made remarks during the Marathon Oil Ribbon Cutting in Beatrice Monday afternoon. The next scheduled press briefing will be on Wednesday, September 30 at 10 a.m. The governor will also return on NETNebraska Thursday evening at 8 p.m. for a COVID-19 Town Hall.