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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: Kiran Ala’s motivation to stay well

Kiran Ala has been focusing on keeping every dimension of wellness balanced for almost 20 years. “When I was a teenager, I watched the movie Rocky,” said Ala, database administrator at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “I was so pumped up to be a boxer and started my journey with a push

By |2020-11-02T12:22:46-06:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Kiran Ala’s motivation to stay well

Flu and COVID-19 facts to know as flu season approaches

Flu season is right around the corner, along with the risk of a twindemic. This year, it is even more crucial to understand the risks of the flu, why flu shots are essential and how the flu compares to COVID-19. Five Fast Flu Facts to Know The flu is a respiratory illness caused by various

By |2020-11-02T09:22:32-06:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Flu and COVID-19 facts to know as flu season approaches

Claims intern finds growth, joins family members working at BCBSNE

Teana Hamilton came to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) in 2019 as part of the summer intern program. “I had heard great things about BCBSNE,” said Hamilton, an intern in the claims department on the quality team. “I knew working here would be a great opportunity and experience for me to build

By |2020-10-12T13:57:18-05:00October 8th, 2020|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Claims intern finds growth, joins family members working at BCBSNE

Wise & Well: Leah Bond’s lifelong wellness

From being a gymnast in her youth to her education as an athletic trainer, wellness has been at the center of Leah Bond’s life for as long as she can remember. “Personally, it’s the thing I do just for myself every day,” said Bond, human resources business partner at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of

By |2020-09-29T08:49:09-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Leah Bond’s lifelong wellness

BCBSNE medical director says vaccines are still vital to children’s health with e-learning

As Nebraska moves through an uncertain school year, there is one aspect that should remain consistent with year’s past: Ensuring children receive their immunizations. Vaccines are crucial to protect children from preventable diseases, even if they are not attending in-person classes. “It is important that children receive their scheduled immunizations, and that they get the

By |2020-10-01T09:18:08-05:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE medical director says vaccines are still vital to children’s health with e-learning

Wise & Well: Kerry Kremke’s miles of wellness

Kerry Kremke, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) chief information security officer and director of information security and privacy, believes wellness is a journey influenced by his actions. “What I eat, the activities I do, the way I work with people, the attitude I choose to take and my spiritual connection are a

By |2020-08-28T13:46:21-05:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Kerry Kremke’s miles of wellness

BCBSNE helps Conestoga Elementary prepare for an uncertain school year

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) school supply drive for Conestoga Elementary was back in session this year with the need greater than ever for donations. “Many families are struggling to pay bills, so money for school supplies is not available,” said Mindi Struck, agile project manager at BCBSNE and drive volunteer. Even

By |2020-08-28T13:48:10-05:00August 21st, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE helps Conestoga Elementary prepare for an uncertain school year

BCBSNE employees stay active at home with virtual group exercise

Since March 24, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) wellness team has been offering virtual group exercise classes for employees. The wellness team made the adjustment to the regular, in-person group exercise classes offered in the onsite gym at Blue Cross Centre as employees transitioned to working from home due to the pandemic.

By |2020-08-20T16:20:15-05:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE employees stay active at home with virtual group exercise

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 |2020-08-13T08:57:55-05:00August 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 |2020-08-13T08:58:47-05:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Tracie Pettijohn’s wellness awakening