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Expansion of Heartland Bike Share provides Nebraskans with healthy, sustainable transportation

More Nebraskans are gaining access to healthy, sustainable transportation with the expansion of Heartland Bike Share’s program. Heartland Bike Share, the first large-scale bike sharing system in the Omaha metro, began in Aksarben Village in 2011, with the help of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. The program has grown over time, and with

By |2018-05-31T13:01:23+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Expansion of Heartland Bike Share provides Nebraskans with healthy, sustainable transportation

Breast cancer survivor fulfills fly-fishing dream, reclaims life thanks to Casting for Recovery

Maggi Welch has a couple of gigs on tap this particular May afternoon – such is the life of the 71-year-old lead singer of a traditional Irish music band, the Flat Rock Irregulars. “To say we’re an eclectic group is putting it mildly,” Welch says. The intrepid North Platte musician has collected a number of

By |2018-06-20T10:42:02+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Breast cancer survivor fulfills fly-fishing dream, reclaims life thanks to Casting for Recovery

Grandparents can have active and affordable adventures with grandkids

Diane LeDoux, Deb Ratzlaff and Mary Smith have more in common than proud grandmother status. They’re all advocates for Greater Omaha’s outdoor amenities; active proof that you can venture affordably with the grandkids, often times with no more cost involved than a picnic lunch and a state park permit or an annual membership to a

By |2018-05-25T14:38:17+00:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Grandparents can have active and affordable adventures with grandkids

BCBSNE supports Boys Town National Research Hospital Memorial Day Run

Each year, dozens of area non-profit organizations host walks, runs and bike events to support their causes. “At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), we believe it’s our responsibility to support the communities in which we work, live and do business. BCBSNE employees are passionate about giving back and staying healthy,” said Marjorie

By |2018-06-13T09:45:52+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE supports Boys Town National Research Hospital Memorial Day Run

Going abroad? Travel medical insurance is smart protection in event of injury, illness

Retirees Scott and Trudy Darling are treating themselves to the world, a reward for a job well done during their pre-retirement years. “It was such a busy time raising three kids and working, but we always talked about the places we wanted to go. That’s what we’re doing now,” says Scott, 69, a former vice

By |2018-05-23T09:06:42+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Going abroad? Travel medical insurance is smart protection in event of injury, illness

Tips to keep kids safe online during summer break

As the school year comes to a close, kids are going to discover they have a lot of free time on their hands. Chances are, a great deal of their time will be spent online. This summer, look at online safety and privacy as one component of an overall summer family plan. Mix online time

By |2018-05-22T13:09:03+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Tips to keep kids safe online during summer break

Strong grandparent-grandchild connections pay healthy dividends in mind, body and spirit

Teresa Rogers loves to ride motor bikes, build forts and sleep out in the tent. “I’ve been ziplining,” she says. “I’ll do whatever they do.” It’s not peer pressure driving 64-year-old Teresa; it’s intergenerational relationship building. The brick-and-mortar is active engagement with an 18-year-old granddaughter and three grandsons, ages 12, 11 and 7, whom she

By |2018-05-15T09:16:39+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Strong grandparent-grandchild connections pay healthy dividends in mind, body and spirit

Telehealth will deliver mental health treatment to rural Nebraska with help of Fearless Grant

Telehealth will deliver mental health and trauma treatment to rural Nebraska families with the help of $22,000 Fearless Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) mental health and engineering scholars are developing equipment to provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. The therapy uses an eight-phase approach. After a clinician

By |2018-05-11T15:57:53+00:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Telehealth will deliver mental health treatment to rural Nebraska with help of Fearless Grant

Depression diagnosis in Blue Cross members has risen dramatically

Depression diagnosis rates are increasing in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members – up 18.9 percent since 2014. Young people had the most dramatic rise, a 37.3 percent increase for members ages 15 to 20 and a 40 percent increases for members ages 21 to 30. “The Blue Cross and Blue Shield

By |2018-05-14T14:24:41+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Depression diagnosis in Blue Cross members has risen dramatically

BCBSNE kicks off a 10K-A-Day wellness challenge

Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall health—that’s why Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) wellness program is hosting a 10K-A-Day challenge, encouraging employees to dust off their fitness trackers and get moving. The goal is to reach the recommended 10,000 steps per day over a six-week period. By

By |2018-05-09T10:24:32+00:00May 9th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Comments Off on BCBSNE kicks off a 10K-A-Day wellness challenge