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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.

COVID-19 summer safety tips

Summer may be winding down, but the season’s not over yet. Utilize these coronavirus (COVID-19) summer safety tips to protect your health while enjoying your favorite warm-weather pastimes. Farmers markets Always make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing when at a farmers market. If the booths and lines aren’t setup in a

By |2020-07-31T13:52:07-05:00August 4th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , |Comments Off on COVID-19 summer safety tips

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 |2020-07-28T14:05:59-05:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Tracie Pettijohn’s wellness awakening

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

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

Wise & Well: Derek Wakefield’s approach to holistic wellness

To Derek Wakefield, wellness is more than eating right and getting up and moving – it’s holistic. “Wellness is being connected, engaged, mindful and willing to learn and be adaptable to your surroundings,” he said. Wakefield, a product manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) does his best to “balance the eight

By |2020-06-24T12:16:50-05:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Derek Wakefield’s approach to holistic wellness

Fearlessly You @ Blue celebrates its one-year anniversary this Pride month

This Pride Month, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employee resource group (ERG) Fearlessly You @ Blue is celebrating its one-year anniversary. “Fearlessly You @ Blue has openly supported LGBTQ+ people at BCBSNE since it started,” said Jody Gernandt, a claims examiner at BCBSNE and Fearlessly You @ Blue member. “We’ve held

By |2020-06-23T11:10:04-05:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Fearlessly You @ Blue celebrates its one-year anniversary this Pride month

In honor of Memorial Day, BCBSNE employees share their stories

In honor of Memorial Day, two Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees from the employee resource group Military Families United Together shared their stories to encourage others to reach out for support. Military Families United Together is a BCBSNE employee resource group that supports veterans and military families and welcomes anyone who

By |2020-05-26T10:22:00-05:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on In honor of Memorial Day, BCBSNE employees share their stories

Wise & Well: Matthew Pleggenkuhle and his state of wellness

While wellness is usually discussed as an activity or attribute, Matthew Pleggenkuhle views wellness differently. “Wellness is a state of being, not having or doing, and it is important to recognize that emotional and mental wellness are often more important than physical wellness,” said Pleggenkuhle, business process manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of

By |2020-05-07T15:35:42-05:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Matthew Pleggenkuhle and his state of wellness

Celebrating National Nurses Week: ‘The most rewarding part of my job is just being able to help and give back’

Megan Fry, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) nurse case manager, is one of the companies 70 nurses who work tirelessly to support members and providers. “Every day is something different,” said Fry. “I usually log on to work about 7 a.m. and am on the phone until my day is done. This

By |2020-05-07T15:26:33-05:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Celebrating National Nurses Week: ‘The most rewarding part of my job is just being able to help and give back’