KEARNEY - For the fourth year, area residents and organizations will be recognized in June for their work in developing programs that make Central Nebraska a healthier place to live. The recognition is part of the Healthy Community Awards program, a unique opportunity to celebrate the good health of Kearney and Buffalo County citizens and those individuals and groups who, through their leadership, education and assistance, help make the community a healthier place to live.
Contributions from individuals and groups throughout the Kearney and Buffalo County community are significant in the continued efforts to keep this community a healthy place to live. Area residents are encouraged to nominate local individuals, businesses and organizations for their work in making the region a healthier place to live. Nomination forms are available at www.gshs.org by clicking here. The deadline to submit a nomination is May 8 and forms should be returned to Marsha Wilkerson at Good Samaritan Hospital.
The Healthy Community Awards include a total of six categories - advocacy, education, prevention, partnership, leadership and recreation. A local advisory committee will select award recipients based on their contributions in a particular category.
The breakdown of each category is as follows: • Advocacy is awarded to the group or individual who has creatively implemented health improvement or awareness programming on behalf of a specific population. • Education is awarded to the group or individual who has provided health education opportunities and is an advocate of health within the community. • Prevention is awarded to the group or individual who has provided a service or program that makes a significant contribution to preventing injury, illness or disease. • Partnership is awarded to the group or individual who has actively partnered with Good Samaritan Hospital to provide health services in the community. • Leadership is awarded to the group or individual who has shown outstanding leadership in the community by preventing, promoting or protecting health issues. • Recreation is awarded to the group or individual who has shown outstanding leadership in organized sports - youth or adult - in the community.
Last year's winners were:
• Recreation - Mike Koski, Kearney Little League
• Advocacy - Scott Hayden, Kearney Park & Recreation
• Education - Dr. Charles Bicak, University of Nebraska at Kearney
• Prevention - Nickole Michalski, Just for Kix, Shelton
• Partnership - Rodgers Helicopter Service
• Leadership - Dr. Ken Shaffer, Kearney Clinic
A luncheon recognizing the Healthy Community Award winners will take place in conjunction with the Community Olympics in June.