Eligibility

State and local governments, tribal entities, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and religious organizations, community-based institutions, coalitions, health care delivery organizations, schools, and employers are eligible for the Healthy Living Innovation Awards. Individuals are not eligible. Nominated organizations must be based in the United States and innovations must be implemented in the United States. An organization may not submit more than one application for the same innovation.

Nominated organizations must have undertaken an innovation that addresses at least one of the following health promotion areas: Healthy Weight; Physical activity; and Nutrition. All innovations must have been piloted or implemented within the last three years and have demonstrated results. (Note: An innovation can be an existing program that has been implemented in a new way within the last three years.). You must agree to have your organization's name and key information about your program including an optional photo appear on the Healthy Living Innovation Awards website.

All submissions should clearly: outline the value derived from the innovation, provide objective data or results and/or impacts of the innovation, highlight lessons learned, discuss replicability of the innovation, and specify any knowledge gained. Submissions under the Let's Move! Cities and Towns category need only to specify measures that have been developed to evaluate the performance of the innovation if results have not yet been collected.

Funding sources must be explicitly stated. Funding sources include internal funding; grants and cooperative agreements from private, federal, state, and local entities; and donations from private foundations among others. Organizations that have received Federal funding for an innovation are eligible, provided that a non-Federal agency has full responsibility and authority for developing and implementing the innovation. Innovations implemented through an outside group led by a Federal employee are eligible, provided they are not being implemented as a part of the employee's Federal job or the scope of their work.

Award Categories

Nominated organizations must identify a PRIMARY award category for consideration. If applicable, an OPTIONAL SECONDARY category may also be selected. An Innovation will only be considered within a second award category if a secondary category is listed; if selected, the innovation will only be awarded in one category.

Awards will be given in the following seven organizational categories:

1. Faith-Based and/or Community-based Initiatives

Religious organizations or community-base initiatives that support a non-religious health promotion innovation in at least one of the health promotion areas cited previously and/or a like innovation open to all residents of a specified locality, regardless of funding source or sponsorship.

2. Health Care Delivery

Organizations involved in the provision of services, programs, and/or technologies directly related to healthcare services that support health promotion innovation in at least one of the health promotion areas cited previously.

3. Healthy Workplace

 • Large Employer (500 or more employees)

Organizations that support a worksite health promotion innovation in at least one of the health promotion areas cited previously that has 500 or more total number of domestic employees within the organization as a whole.

• Small Employer (less than 500 employees)

Organizations that support a worksite health promotion innovation in at least one of the health promotion areas cited previously that has less than 500 total domestic employees within the organization as a whole.

4. Non-Profit

Nonprofit organizations that support a health promotion innovation in at least one of the health promotion areas cited previously. A non-profit organization is one that does not declare a profit and instead utilizes all revenue available after normal operating expenses in service to the public interest. It has the designation of being a 501(c) (3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

5. Public Sector

Local, county, state, territorial, or tribal government-based/funded entities that support a health promotion innovation in at least one of the health promotion areas cited previously. Federal Agencies are NOT eligible to apply.

6. Let's Move! Cities and Towns

Mayors or elected officials that have answered the First Lady's call to action to become a prospective Let's Move City or Let's Move Town and support a health promotion innovation in at least one of the health promotion areas cited previously. For this category, nominees only need to specify measures developed to evaluate the performance of the innovation if results have not been collected.

7. Schools (K-12)

Primary and secondary education-based/originated entities that support a health promotion innovation in at least one of the health promotion areas cited previously.

Legalities surrounding the nomination form and optional photo

Neither the nomination form nor the optional photo can contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright or license infringement.

Neither the nomination form nor the optional photo can reference an individual without the explicit consent of that individual, or in the case that the individual is a minor, the explicit consent of that minor's legal guardian.

Neither the nomination form nor the optional photo can contain brand names or trademarks unless these entities are official partners in the outreach effort.

Neither the nomination form nor the optional photo can contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.

Neither the nomination form nor the optional photo can contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Follow-up on certain submissions

All submissions will go through an initial vetting and final verification process to ensure the credibility and the validity of the organization and the innovation. We may reach out to an organization directly or through their Challenge.gov Account to obtain additional information or schedule a follow-up discussion.

Public voting

During the public voting period each user can only vote for a submission once but can vote for as many of their favorite submissions across categories as they like. Once a user has voted for a submission that user will not be able to vote for that submission again but can vote for another submission in that category or another category.