Heineman proudly shows off state wellness program at safety conference

Governor Heineman proudly showed off the state employee wellness program during comments Tuesday at the panhandle wellness and safety conference. Nebraska became the first state program to earn the coveted 2012 C. Everett Koop National Health Award, which includes stringent requirements for demonstrating health improvements and cost savings.

Heineman says he is proud of the participation in the program by state employees, and their willingness to make lifestyle changes.

As a result of the three year program, the State of Nebraska is enjoying a $4.2 million reduction in claims, strong participation rates and high satisfaction among employees. Heineman has become a big advocate of walking, carrying a pedometer around in his pocket, counting his thousands of steps every day.

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