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Our perception of ‘old’ changes as we age

When checking the weather in the morning, you can focus on the actual air temperature or you can embrace the calculated “feels like” temperature, which factors in wind and humidity. Many of us take a similar approach to aging. If you were born in 1960, your actual age will be 59 at some point this

By |2019-07-15T08:56:33-05:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Our perception of ‘old’ changes as we age

BCBSNE creates employee resource group to support LGBTQ community

When Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska employees (BCBSNE) expressed interest in learning how to support the company’s LGBTQ community, the Diversity and Inclusion Business Council (DIBC) set out to make it happen. The DIBC, which cultivates an inclusive culture at BCBSNE, created an interactive session on fostering a safe and welcoming environment for

By |2019-07-12T08:40:44-05:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE creates employee resource group to support LGBTQ community

Lincoln communal garden growing

Squash, bamboo, cucumbers, mushrooms and eggplants are being tended with care by Karen refugees in a first of its kind communal garden in Lincoln. The Karen culture supports the sharing of plots of land and labor for the use of all. “For those who worked in agriculture before immigrating, it builds a comforting connection between

By |2019-07-09T08:53:30-05:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Lincoln communal garden growing

BCBSNE’s award-winning customer service department starts with training, support

It takes a unique skillset to work in customer service in the health care industry. Lisa Rock, a customer service manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), knows. “We’re helping people with their health care and their finances,” Rock said. “Those are two incredibly important, sensitive things for our members.” BCBSNE helps

By |2019-07-12T11:04:10-05:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE’s award-winning customer service department starts with training, support

Getting healthy meant investing in herself

Michelle Shimmel is making 2019 the year to get healthy. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employee joined a Healthy Weight Challenge at the beginning of the year and hasn’t looked back. “I lost 30 pounds, and I continue to lose weight after the challenge,” Shimmel said. “I used the challenge as

By |2019-07-03T10:26:10-05:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Getting healthy meant investing in herself

Salvation Army volunteer reflects on flood relief, her “little part” in filling a huge need

For Omahan Stacey Quandahl, it was about rising to the occasion in the wake of last spring’s catastrophic flooding in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. A grandmother of three, she was among thousands of residents who stepped up to help with the relief effort. “I was moved to volunteer because I knew there was such

By |2019-07-01T09:15:50-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Salvation Army volunteer reflects on flood relief, her “little part” in filling a huge need

Middle-age spread: With the right strategies, you can get a handle on battle of the bulge

Do you have an apple-shaped or pear-shaped body? What’s the difference between subcutaneous and visceral fat – and why does it matter? The answers are increasingly important as we age and start to grapple with those gradually expanding waistlines. Multiple factors — including hormone changes, genetics, lifestyle habits, loss of muscle mass and metabolism decline

By |2019-07-01T08:59:31-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Middle-age spread: With the right strategies, you can get a handle on battle of the bulge

Take Steps support comes full-circle for BCBSNE employee, son

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska employee (BCBSNE) Darcy Swope and her son, Riley, know the impact inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can have on a person’s life. Riley’s IBD symptoms, including persistent diarrhea and weight loss, began in high school. Concerned, Darcy took him to the doctor. “They thought it was a flu virus,

By |2019-06-24T08:31:26-05:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Take Steps support comes full-circle for BCBSNE employee, son

Coping with summer allergies

Take it from an allergy sufferer, it’s no fun sniffling through the summer months. Any change in the weather can bring about itchy eyes, a running nose and constant sneezes. Bad weather, high humidity and dry air can also set off asthma. So, what can you do to lower your risk of an allergy or

By |2019-06-18T08:43:23-05:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Coping with summer allergies