FAIRBURY – Jill Duis RN, infection preventionist and certified diabetes educator at Jefferson Community Health Center, was presented the Leadership Champion Award by WorkWell on Thursday, May 12 in Lincoln.
The Leadership Campion award recognizes an individual who has made significant contribution to the advancement and promotion of personal health or the health of others. Through professional and volunteer work, Duis has made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of health.
In addition to her job responsibilities at JCHC, Duis is a long-time advocate for stroke and heart health awareness with the American Cancer Society.
Duis is a stroke survivor and has had a pacemaker for more than a third of her life. This drives her to spread the message about health and wellness in any way she can. She has participated in Red Dress events, is a founder of the Jefferson County Go Red for Women event, and has talked to both state and federal legislators promoting healthy policies.
She has given numerous community and area presentations on health topics, using her years of experience in public speaking.
She has been a diabetes educator for many years. She was trained as a Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle coach in 2015 and helped start JCHC’s Smart Moves diabetes prevention program. The program is geared to offer education and support to participants on healthy eating, exercise, lifestyle modifications with the goal to lose 5% or more of their body weight and increase activity to 150 minutes per week. The first Smart Moves class was offered to the community in October 2015, and the second class started in February 2016. The classes have had great response and results. Jill and her team have visited local businesses to educate them on the program and how it can benefit the employee and the business.
Duis can be found exercising daily in the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center at JCHC or in other ways outside the facility. She promotes health living through being a great role model for other employees at JCHC.
The award was presented by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts at a WorkWell banquet at Innovation Campus in Lincoln, along with other awards.More