Nebraska's workplace wellness program offers awards in two categories. The Sower Award recognizes workplaces that have established quality wellness programs. The Grower Award takes it to the next level, honoring businesses and organizations that demonstrate significant improvement in employee health through their wellness programs.
Nebraska businesses can apply for the Governor's Wellness Award online here. Awards are presented annually and are good for three years.
Grower Award recipients:
All Points Cooperative
Central District Health Department
Fred A. Lockwood & Co PC
Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A.
Lincoln Airport Authority
Lincoln Electric System
Lincoln Public Schools
Little Blue NRD
Lower Loup Natural Resources District
Lower Platte South NRD
Mary Lanning Healthcare
Nye Senior Services-Nye Square
Panhandle Public Health District
Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District
RDG Planning & Lamp Design
Speedway Motors, Inc.
State Farm Insurance
Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District
Upper Republican National Resources District
Warren Distribution, Inc.
Woodmen of The World
Sower Award recipients:
Arbor Day Foundation
Aurora Public Schools
Broken Bow Public Schools
David City Public Schools
Dial Retirement Communities
Dodge County Head Start
East Butler Public Schools
Educational Service Unit #2
Five Points Bank of Hastings
Harvard Public School
Lexington Public Schools
Marian High School
Nebraska Association of Resources Districts
Nemaha Natural Resources District
Norfolk Public Schools
Norris School District
Peru State College
Sandhills Public Schools
South Central Unified at Lawrence/Nelson
Sutherland Public School
Tri Valley Health System
Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District
LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman defended his Big Mac habit on Monday, saying you can eat some fast food and be a successful participant in a wellness program, too.
The 65-year-old governor, a long-time Big Mac fan, said he's been advised that as long as he keeps his exercise level high enough, he can indulge, in moderation, in his favorite fast food.
Heineman said his pedometer showed he walked nearly 21,000 steps on Sunday and nearly 19,000 on Saturday. That was more than enough, he said, to qualify him for a Big Mac break from McDonald's, as advised by former State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joann Schaefer.
“She always told me, if I got to 7,000 to 8,000 by noon, it was OK to have a Big Mac,” said the governor, who eats an apple a day.
Monday morning, Heineman joined the current state medical director, Dr. Joe Acierno, to announce 50 Nebraska businesses were being honored this year by the governor for successfully promoting wellness programs.
Representatives of the Lincoln Electric System and Hastings-based Five Points Bank said encouraging workers to exercise, eat better and kick bad habits enhances productivity and can decrease health insurance costs.
Acierno, who replaced Schaefer in February, said he agreed that fast food in moderation is OK as long as a person keeps exercising.
“To make (Big Macs) a habit is another thing,” the doctor said.
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