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About Amanda Minckler

Amanda is currently a student at Creighton University and interning in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s Communications Department. She is also the photo editor and a staff writer for Creighton’s student newspaper.

Wise & Well: Jim Hempel’s passion for wellness lives on and off the court

Jim Hempel’s wellness journey began over a decade ago when he first started at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and found it was easy to prioritize his wellness when the company he worked for did, too. “It was the first time my employer was as deliberate about providing programing for its employees’

By |2021-03-31T11:38:44-05:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Health and Wellness, Stories, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Jim Hempel’s passion for wellness lives on and off the court

Annual YP Connect learning and development day has a new format

To fit a time like no other, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) Young Professional’s (YP) Connect put on a learning and development day for employees like no other. YP Connect is a BCBSNE employee resource group (ERG) supporting YPs and their advocates. The ERG hosts a learning and development event annually, and

By |2021-03-17T11:12:04-05:00March 18th, 2021|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Annual YP Connect learning and development day has a new format

BCBSNE releases workforce diversity statistics

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) recently released its 2020-2021 workforce diversity statistics, providing insight to the makeup of the company. Key data include the number of women and people of color in the workforce and on the executive leadership team, the generational differences of employees and the percentage of employees who agree

By |2021-03-10T11:37:21-06:00March 9th, 2021|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE releases workforce diversity statistics

BCBSNE joins #DressinBlueNE effort to fight back against colon cancer

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) is joining the statewide effort organized by the Nebraska Cancer Coalition (NC2) and the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force to help raise awareness of lifesaving colon cancer screening during Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March. BCBSNE encourages its employees and members to participate in Dress in

By |2021-03-03T10:46:19-06:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE joins #DressinBlueNE effort to fight back against colon cancer

Wise & Well: The beat of Jeff Huether’s wellness

Wellness has never been a linear process for Jeff Huether – rather, it’s had its peaks and valleys. “Honestly, over time, my focus on wellness has reacted like the stock market,” said Huether, director of pharmacy at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “What has helped me is having a partner along the

By |2021-02-26T10:56:57-06:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Team Blue|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: The beat of Jeff Huether’s wellness

BCBSNE and YMCA motivate Nebraskans to get healthy

With the onset of a new year, many make resolutions to focus more on their health. The Ed Thomas YMCA of McCook’s Get Fit Team Challenge is making that easier. The challenge runs 10 weeks and has teams of 15 compete and motivate each other to a healthier lifestyle. “As a part of the challenge,

By |2021-01-22T11:47:02-06:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE and YMCA motivate Nebraskans to get healthy

Wise & Well: Tammy Talacko’s way of wellness

Most people see their wellness as a checklist to get done throughout the day. Not Tammy Talacko. She sees it as a way of existence. “Being healthy is not a matter simply of getting in a certain number of steps each day and saying your prayers at night,” said Talacko, nurse care manager at Blue

By |2021-01-20T11:19:46-06:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Tammy Talacko’s way of wellness

A look back at our 2020 Wise & Well nominees

While 2020 was a year of new experiences and changes, one thing stayed at the front of these nominees’ minds: Wellness. Every month, our Wise & Well series highlighted a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employee’s dedication to their health and wellness. Here’s a look back at who we recognized in 2020:

By |2020-12-29T08:38:11-06:00December 30th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A look back at our 2020 Wise & Well nominees

Wise & Well: Tom Kocanda’s work-from-home wellness

To Tom Kocanda, staying well is less about how many reps you can do at the gym or perfecting portion sizes and more about one thing – your mindset. “In the past, I tended to overcomplicate things when considering how to best approach a wellness lifestyle,” said Kocanda, enterprise security education consultant at Blue Cross

By |2020-12-28T14:26:47-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Tom Kocanda’s work-from-home wellness

Methodist Mobile 3D Mammography coach provides BCBSNE employees with convenient care

To provide Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees with crucial preventive care, the Methodist Mobile 3D Mammography coach recently visited Blue Cross Centre. The coach travels to local companies, like BCBSNE, and underserved areas to provide convenient breast screenings to women, said Ashlee Murphy, Methodist Mobile 3D Mammography coordinator. “The nice thing

By |2020-12-28T11:42:18-06:00December 28th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Methodist Mobile 3D Mammography coach provides BCBSNE employees with convenient care