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UNICO Group Honored as 2019 Governor’s Wellness Award Recipient

UNICO Group was recognized by Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Wellness Awards in the Sower Category.

UNICO is one of 42 Nebraska employers honored for offering evidence-based worksite wellness programs to its employees.

“The businesses recognized today are putting people first and are making the workplace a healthy environment,” Governor Ricketts said. “Worksite wellness provides an opportunity for Nebraskans to live healthy lives, improve quality of life, and help grow a healthier Nebraska for the next generation.”

This year marks the 12th year recognizing businesses that dedicate leadership, resources, and time to wellness efforts in the workplace.  The application process is designed to recognize businesses that have planted and nurtured the seed for wellness within their organization.  Each applicant must provide information in the areas of leadership, data collection, intervention strategies, policy/environment support, and evaluation of outcomes.

UNICO Group’s wellness program has been established for over a decade. In 2017, the program was enhanced by utilizing FitThumb, an online wellness platform that creates a simple way to track wellness activities.

“Each year, we have continued to fine tune our program, and we’ve enjoyed the many challenges and successes that have come with this adventure,” said Wellness Coordinator, Anna Biegler.

The Governor’s Wellness Award has three categories:

  • The Sower Award recognizes workplaces that have established quality wellness programs.
  • The Grower Award honors businesses and organizations demonstrating significant improvement in employee health behaviors.
  • The Harvester award, which is new this year, recognizes businesses that are experiencing documented value and return on investment.

Including this year’s winners, 466 total awards have been distributed across the state.