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Amanda graduated from Creighton University and interned in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s Communications Department.

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

2020 Newsroom year in review

As a year like no other comes to an end, now is the time to reflect upon where we started and the journey to where we are. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) is proud to have kept Nebraskans up to date on the ever-changing landscape of this year, and we are grateful

By |2020-12-23T09:03:18-06:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 2020 Newsroom year in review

Pandemic fatigue: How to combat stress to stay safe

Throughout 2020, the world has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its regulations. People have faced the stress of the pandemic through restrictions, the threat of sickness and social isolation. The result? A wide-spread feeling of emotional exhaustion known as COVID-19 or pandemic fatigue, according to AMITA Health. What is pandemic fatigue? COVID-19 fatigue

By |2020-12-10T15:33:04-06:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pandemic fatigue: How to combat stress to stay safe

Wise & Well: Jen Wichern’s menu of wellness

Jen Wichern grew up in a food-centric family. Meals were how they came together and showed how much they cared for one another – now she keeps that love for food alive through her passion for wellness. “Healthy eating is crucial to wellness because what you put into your body helps your body perform at

By |2020-11-24T16:10:49-06:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Jen Wichern’s menu of wellness

The importance of a good night’s sleep

Sleep is as crucial to a good quality of life as diet and exercise. It can impact your work, waking hours and overall health. A good night’s sleep can promote recovery from workouts, growth in children, healing in your body and more. Not getting enough sleep can not only impact your day-to-day experience, but also

By |2020-12-07T14:00:36-06:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , |Comments Off on The importance of a good night’s sleep

BCBSNE raises over $390,000 for United Way of the Midlands

Even with the unusual year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) exceeded its United Way of the Midlands (UWM) fundraising campaign goal by raising $390,834 to support the nonprofit. UWM helps those in need work toward independence through programs fostering basic needs, education and financial stability. BCBSNE’s annual fundraising campaign engages employees in

By |2020-11-11T14:32:52-06:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE raises over $390,000 for United Way of the Midlands

BCBSNE employee furthers his education to grow his skillset

To supplement his work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), Samuel Paul recently earned his second master’s degree. “I got my first master’s degree in engineering management from National University in San Diego, California, in January 2011,” said Paul, a test engineer at BCBSNE. “I got my second master’s degree in computer

By |2020-11-17T12:19:22-06:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE employee furthers his education to grow his skillset

BCBSNE receives Grower Wellness Award

Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently awarded Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) with a Grower Wellness Award. The award is presented every three years as part of the Governor’s Wellness Awards. It honors organizations that demonstrate significant improvement in employee health behaviors. This year

By |2020-10-30T14:21:53-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE receives Grower Wellness Award

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