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Is one of your employees a wellness inspiration? The Light of Wellness Awards give WCWI's members the opportunity to showcase the extraordinary impact of their employee wellness strategies. View your 2019 Light of Wellness Award Recipients.

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 History of Light of Wellness Awards

Named in honor of William M. Kizer, who first inspired the idea of worksite wellness in Wisconsin and ignited the Wellness Council of Wisconsin. The Light of Wellness Awards give our member organizations the opportunity to showcase the extraordinary wellness achievements of individual employees. Their successes should reflect active participation in the wellness programs offered by their employer.


 Nomination Guidelines
  • Organizations must be Wisconsin employers with at least two (2) employees, hold Wellness Council of Wisconsin membership in good standing, and offer an employee wellbeing program.
  • Nominations must be submitted electronically
  • Please limit nominations to two (2) per organization
  • The awards fall into three categories:
    • Reflection
    • Ignite
    • Rising Light
 About the Light of Wellness Award: Reflection

Celebrating the Positive Impact 

Reflection Award: celebrates the positive impact that an employee has experienced in their own wellness through the support of their employer’s wellness strategy.  A Reflection Award winner may have a story of how they were deeply impacted and supported in making a lasting lifestyle change and as a result, embodies someone who took the skills learned through their employer wellbeing initiative and translated them to their home, family and/or community. 

Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Created a friendship or an accountability group that supports one another in their health behavior, and overall workday experience
  • Developed a sense of trust through experience in health coaching and/or onsite classes
  • Shifted the way they view their life’s purpose through their connection to the wellbeing initiative
  • Was able to achieve personal wellness goals or overcome hardship through the support of their employer’s wellbeing initiatives, resources, and policies
 About the Light of Wellness Award: Ignite
Celebrating Committed Leadership
Ignite Award: celebrates a committed leader who has a clear passion for driving the wellness value story at their organization. This individual is a senior-level leader who is influential in creating and supporting the wellness strategy, inspires others to join the wellness movement, is a role model, and demonstrates ongoing commitment to the culture of wellness at the organization. An Ignite Award winner is a member of the organization’s leadership team and plays a key role in advancing wellness as a top strategic priority for their organization.
Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Developed a new mission for the wellbeing initiative that aligns with their organizational mission
  • Incorporates wellbeing into core business principles/pillars
  • Models wellbeing through active participation in wellbeing initiatives and communicates the importance of wellbeing at the organization
  • Is working to encourage and align all leaders at the organization to support wellbeing amongst employees
 About the Light of Wellness Award: Rising Light

Celebrating the Journey

Rising Light Award: celebrates the wellness journey and honors an employee who is using the support of their organization’s wellness strategy to begin to focus on their own wellbeing. A Rising Light Award winner may have a story of how they were empowered to care for their own wellbeing in a more focused way or experienced a newfound support through the resources or programs their employer offers.

Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Was empowered to start a personal wellness goal/journey from the encouragement of their organization’s wellbeing policies and offerings
  • Initiated a commitment to work on their personal wellbeing and create a change in their lifestyle
  • Made the decision to focus on wellbeing due to access of employer resources or encouragement from manager
 Nomination Review Process

Industry and community leaders along with our Board of Directors will review all nomination forms received. One winner will be chosen in each of the three categories listed above. 

 Award Designation

Winners will be recognized during WCWI’s Annual Awards Ceremony on September 11, 2019, the evening prior to WCWI’s 29th Annual Employee Wellbeing Conference, at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.

View our past Light of Wellness Award recipients!  Check it out


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