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About Cassandra Wade

Cassie is a University of Nebraska at Omaha student whose interest in writing began as a student journalist. She enjoys writing for a variety of platforms while working as a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska intern for the internal communications and corporate social responsibility teams.

Colorful Choices challenge encourages eating habits that lead to better health

Eating five servings of produce every day is challenging, but at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), the challenge of consuming fruits and vegetables takes on a new meaning with Colorful Choices. Colorful Choices is a six-week health challenge hosted by BCBSNE’s wellness team. The goal of the challenge is to eat five servings of

By |2018-09-04T09:50:38+00:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Colorful Choices challenge encourages eating habits that lead to better health

BCBSNE provides 420 students at Conestoga Elementary with school supplies

With school supply donations from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), 420 students at Conestoga Elementary will be able to experience the joys of a new school year with fresh supplies. The supplies, including notebooks, pencils, crayons and more, came from BCBSNE’s annual donation drive for Conestoga, the company’s Adopt-a-School partner. A total of

By |2018-08-20T10:52:09+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE provides 420 students at Conestoga Elementary with school supplies

Avenue Scholars program provides intern with foundation for future

Araceli Mercado Diaz knew the Avenue Scholars program offered internship opportunities when she signed up for the program as a sophomore in high school, but never pictured herself as an intern at Blue Cross Blue and Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). Now, the University of Nebraska at Omaha junior has been with the company as a

By |2018-08-14T09:07:55+00:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Avenue Scholars program provides intern with foundation for future

BCBSNE manager embraces community by serving on eight boards

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska manager Cynthia Hume doesn’t just openly embrace the company’s value of community service. She lives it. Hume, a BCBSNE claims manager, serves on the boards of eight nonprofit organizations, including Susan G. Komen, the Iowa West Foundation and 100 Black Men of Omaha, to name a few. When it

By |2018-07-17T09:47:46+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE manager embraces community by serving on eight boards

BCBSNE grant supports riding to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) awarded grants to 73 organizations last year. One of these organizations, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA), used grant funding to improve the quality of life of adults and children with disabilities through equine-assisted activities. HETRA, which serves disabled individuals from eastern Nebraska and western Iowa as

By |2018-06-14T09:29:09+00:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE grant supports riding to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities

Nebraska Lions Foundation provides fast, free vision screenings for Special Olympics athletes

Two Nebraska Lions Foundation programs teamed up to provide Special Olympics athletes with fast, free vision screenings at the May 2018 games. According to the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), research shows that 68 percent of Special Olympics athletes haven’t had an eye exam in three years, 37 percent need glasses and 18 percent wear

By |2018-06-11T12:14:49+00:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Nebraska Lions Foundation provides fast, free vision screenings for Special Olympics athletes

Expansion of Heartland Bike Share provides Nebraskans with healthy, sustainable transportation

More Nebraskans are gaining access to healthy, sustainable transportation with the expansion of Heartland Bike Share’s program. Heartland Bike Share, the first large-scale bike sharing system in the Omaha metro, began in Aksarben Village in 2011, with the help of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. The program has grown over time, and with

By |2018-05-31T13:01:23+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Expansion of Heartland Bike Share provides Nebraskans with healthy, sustainable transportation