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Wise & Well: Tracie Pettijohn’s wellness awakening

Tracie Pettijohn’s wellness journey began a year ago with a wakeup call from her doctor. Pettijohn, a marketing operations consultant at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), is a five-year breast cancer survivor who has struggled with her weight in the past. “The turning point for me was when I had a physical

By |2020-08-12T15:33:13-05:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Tracie Pettijohn’s wellness awakening

July is “Protect Your Head” month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the U.S. Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans endure a TBI. A concussion is one of the most common types of TBIs, and Rusty McKune sees

BCBSNE voted Omaha’s Choice for Health Insurance

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) recently won first place in the 2020 Omaha’s Choice Awards for Best Health Insurance Provider. The Omaha World-Herald presents the awards annually, and the newspaper’s readers choose the winners using an online ballot. Awards are given to a variety of businesses and service providers. Categories include health

By |2020-07-22T12:26:36-05:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE voted Omaha’s Choice for Health Insurance

Don’t put off your preventive care

While it may be easy to push a preventive health screening back on your calendar, screenings, especially for cancer, are crucial to your health. “Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Dr. Jo Gardner, a medical director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “The U.S. Preventive Services

By |2020-07-22T09:36:12-05:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Don’t put off your preventive care

OneWorld works fast and furious to expand health care services in COVID-19 hot spot

OneWorld Community Health Centers is accustomed to change. The nonprofit has been evolving to serve the Omaha metro for the last 50 years — but never more rapidly than in the last few months. “The pandemic has dramatically affected the work we do,” says CEO Andrea Skolkin. OneWorld is headquartered in Douglas County’s top COVID-19

By |2020-07-24T15:45:04-05:00July 17th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on OneWorld works fast and furious to expand health care services in COVID-19 hot spot

BCBSNE health coach helps members ‘achieve a healthier way of life’

From navigating weight loss to managing a diabetes diagnosis, Registered Health Coach Sara Schneider is there to help Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members reach their health goals step-by-step. Schneider, a registered nurse and diabetic educator, works with BCBSNE members through Wellframe, a free mobile app. The app, which is available to

By |2020-07-20T14:10:34-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE health coach helps members ‘achieve a healthier way of life’

BCBSNE donations support face mask distribution efforts in Omaha, Grand Island areas

With support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), two local nonprofits recently began distributing face masks to people in need. Cloth face coverings may help prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommends people wear face masks in public when social distancing

By |2020-07-24T15:46:11-05:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE donations support face mask distribution efforts in Omaha, Grand Island areas

Health of America study finds increase in pregnancy, childbirth complications

The number of women experiencing pregnancy and childbirth complications has increased, according to a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Health of America study. The study examined 1.8 million pregnancies between 2014 to 2018 among commercially-insured women ages 18 to 44. Key findings include a 16.4% increase in pregnancy complications and a 14.2% increase in childbirth

By |2020-07-24T12:58:14-05:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Health of America study finds increase in pregnancy, childbirth complications

How Karen Altig brings her passion for business to the classroom

Karen Altig always enjoyed learning, but she didn’t think about teaching until she saw a LinkedIn post from a former coworker advertising for a business process management teaching position at Midland University. At the time, Altig, who is a senior enterprise Agile program manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), was working

By |2020-07-24T15:46:47-05:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How Karen Altig brings her passion for business to the classroom

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska employees counted their steps to better wellness during the company’s 10K-A-Day wellness challenge

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) 10K-A-Day wellness challenge hosted by the company’s wellness department motivated employees to walk to better wellness. The challenge ran six weeks, and employees could go solo to try and make it on the individual leaderboard or form a team and take on the challenge together. “Ten thousand

By |2020-06-30T15:43:07-05:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska employees counted their steps to better wellness during the company’s 10K-A-Day wellness challenge