Wellness Champions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does my organization qualify for the Health Champion Designation?

2. Do you have any resources that would assist our organization in meeting the criteria?

3. Can I apply for more than one location at the same time?

4. How long does it take to fill out the application?

5. I already submitted my application but need to make changes. Can I do that?

6. Is there a cost to apply to receive the Health Champion Designation?

7. Can I submit the application via mail or email?

8. When can I apply for the Health Champion Designation?

9. How will we be notified about the recognition?

10. Once we receive the Health Champion Designation, do we need to renew?

11. If we receive the Health Champion Designation, what benefits does our organization receive?

12. My company does the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® and/or the Tour de Cure®, do we receive special recognition?

13. If I apply, will my company automatically receive the designation?

14. If our application is not approved, will I be notified?

15. Who should I contact with problems submitting the application or questions about the Health Champion Designation?

 

1. How does my organization qualify for the Health Champion Designation?

To review and prepare for all application criteria, download a PDF copy of the designation criteria.

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2. Do you have any resources that would assist our organization in meeting the criteria?

The American Diabetes Association Stop Diabetes @ Work resources were developed specifically for the workplace. These resources can be customized to complement your existing wellness program or they can be used on their own. Stop Diabetes @ Work tools include resources to help you establish healthier meetings and vending options, support physical activity programs, create a healthy work environment with organizational resources, and provide health information and educational materials.

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3. Can I apply for more than one location at the same time?

Yes you can apply for up to 25 locations at the same time. Each location applied for on the same application need to meet the same criteria. An organization can also submit multiple applications if certain locations meet different criteria.

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4. How long does it take to fill out the application?

The application will take between 20-40 minutes to fill out. The time variance depends on the number of criteria your organization meets. The application may be saved and you can return to it at any time during the application cycle. Upon saving the application, the system will provide a specific URL. To return to the application, you will need to use the URL provided. If you cannot locate your custom URL, please contact the Association at healthchampion@diabetes.org and we will provide it to you. There is no need to start the application again.

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5. I already submitted my application but need to make changes. Can I do that?

Yes, but you will need to contact the Association to be given access to your application. Please send an email to healthchampion@diabetes.org to request access.

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6. Is there a cost to apply to receive the Health Champion Designation?

There is no cost to apply for the recognition.

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7. Can I submit the application via mail or email?

The only way that applications are accepted is through the online application. Please refer to the application criteria prior to beginning your application.

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8. When can I apply for the Health Champion Designation?

You may apply at any time. Designations are given out three times per year. Depending on the time you submit your application, you can expect to hear from your local office on the designation in January, June or September/October.

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9. How will we be notified about the recognition?

Designations are given out three times per year. Depending on the time you submit your application, you can expect to hear from your local office on the designation in January, June or September/October.

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10. Once we receive the Health Champion Designation, do we need to renew?

Yes, the Health Champion Designation term is one year and is renewable on an annual basis. You would apply during the same application cycle annually. Organizations will receive a reminder notification that their application needs to be renewed.

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11. If we receive the Health Champion Designation, what benefits does our organization receive?

Please refer to the Benefits of Being a Health Champion page to see the benefits of the Health Champion designation including online recognition, advertising, and tools that you can use to promote the designation to your community, employees, and prospective employees.

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12. My company does the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® and/or the Tour de Cure®, do we receive special recognition?

Yes, companies, organizations, and community groups that receive that participate in the signature physical activity events of the American Diabetes Association will be recognized with the Elite Health Champion Designation.

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13. If I apply, will my company automatically receive the designation?

Each application is reviewed by the Association and based on the description of the criteria met. A determination is made as to whether the applicant receives the designation.

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14. If our application is not approved, will I be notified?

Yes, any company/organization submitting an application that is not approved will be notified by the American Diabetes Association that they did not meet the criteria and why. An applicant may reapply again in the next application cycle.

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15. Who should I contact with problems submitting the application or questions about the Health Champion Designation?

Please email the Association at healthchampion@diabetes.org. A representative from the Association will contact you to assist with your questions. You can also reach out to your local American Diabetes Association contact for additional support.

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