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The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) created an awards program to recognize schools and school districts which demonstrate commitment to the health of their employees by implementing school employee wellness programs. The awards program is based on the nine steps for establishing a school employee wellness program, outlined in School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's SchoolsView Webinar

Unfortunately, this program is not currently funded to provide future awards.


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Nine Steps for Establishing a School Employee Wellness (SEW) Program

  1. Obtain administrative support

  2. Identify resources

  3. Identify a leader

  4. Organize a committee

  5. Gather and analyze data

  6. Develop a plan

  7. Implement the plan

  8. Evaluate and adapt the program

  9. Sustain the program


The program includes three different levels of awards:

BRONZE: Developed School Employee Wellness Program Plan
Criteria included:

  • Documented administrative support
  • Completed resource analysis
  • Identified SEW leader and/or committee
  • Completed needs assessment (includes gathering baseline health-related costs to school/school district, and identifying the interests of school employees)
  • Developed SEW plan (includes at minimum a mission statement, goals, measurable objectives, activities to meet objectives, and a budget)

SILVER: Implemented School Employee Wellness Program
Criteria included:

  • Met all Bronze criteria
  • Implemented SEW plan in two health areas identified by the needs assessment

GOLD: Evaluate and Adapt School Employee Wellness Program
Criteria included:

  • Met all of the Bronze and Silver criteria
  • Implemented SEW plan in two additional health areas identified by the needs assessment
  • Evaluated SEW program annually (includes process and outcome)
  • Sustained SEW program for at least two years


A review board was established for each award level that includes three individuals, one of whom would represent a school with an existing school employee wellness program.


Up to three applicants from each award level received special recognition for their efforts that includes grants (Bronze $250, Silver $500, Gold $1000) to be reinvested in their employee wellness programs; banners; a press release to local media outlets; a profile on DHPE's School Employee Wellness web site; the opportunity to present at a national conference; and letters to their State's Governor, Superintendent of Education, and Local Representatives from both DHPE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC/DASH). In addition, all applicants who met the criteria listed above for each level of award received recognition that included a letter to their school superintendent and principal from both DHPE and CDC/DASH.

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