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OPPD honored for its commitment to wellness

November 5, 2018 | Mary Oswald | OPPD, OPPD at work
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OPPD was named a recipient of the 2018 Governor’s Wellness Award.

In an Oct. 30 ceremony in Omaha, Governor Pete Ricketts recognized the utility as a Large Grower for its commitment to wellness and positively affecting the health and wellness of OPPD employees. This is OPPD’s first time receiving the Large Grower award.

Representatives from OPPD accepted the award at a recent ceremony. Pictured, from left, Vice President of Human Capital Mart Sedky, Lindsey Ciurej, Carmen Schicker, Stacy Centarri, Carla Vice, McKell Pinder, director of Total Rewards and Scott Focht, senior director of Business Strategy and Deployment.

The Governor’s Wellness Award was developed to help organizations of all sizes across Nebraska be recognized for their wellness efforts. The Grower Award rewards businesses with more than 50 employees for changing health behaviors. Over 300 companies have been recognized since the award began in 2008, with several companies receiving the award more than once.

Stacey Centarri, OPPD wellness specialist, attributes OPPD’s success to the commitment by President and CEO Tim Burke and senior leaders to providing programs and benefits that directly benefit employees’ health and well-being. A diabetes management program, added in 2016, was well received, along with a program aimed to help employees get better sleep and many other mind and body wellness programs.

frameawardVice President of Human Capital Mart Sedkey and OPPD’s “Wellness Champions employees were critical to the success of these programs and benefits. The “champions” are employees at every location who volunteer to help drive engagement in wellness programs and behaviors.

In conjunction with Centarri, champions advocate for health and wellness at their locations. They are encouraged to initiate challenges, programs specific to their location and promote the company’s wellness programs.

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OPPD employees participate in a yoga class at the utility’s downtown Omaha headquarters. Photo credit: Kim Wear


Burke and Centarri have signed resolutions to move forward with plans to create a “culture of movement” at OPPD. More wellness offerings will be announced in 2019 and beyond.

OPPD’s catalog of wellness programs includes:

  • Livongo, a diabetes management program that incorporates smart meter technology and coaching to empower employees to make better choices in managing their condition
  • ProjectZ, a program that helps employees increase their quality of sleep
  • On-site fitness classes at the utility’s headquarters in downtown Omaha.
  • Employee-led wellness activities, such as walking and stair climbing, Pre Shift Stretching at remote locations

Discounts on memberships to Omaha area YMCAs, as well as lower registration fees for fitness activities like the Corporate Cup and Trek up the Tower

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About Mary Oswald

Mary Oswald joined Omaha Public Power District in 2018 as a corporate marketing and communications generalist after 16 years in employee communications at First National Bank.

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