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Going aboard? Omaha family’s ordeal makes strong case for travel medical insurance

A broken dental crown in Germany. A fall with injuries in Egypt. A heart problem in the Caribbean. Medical emergencies can have a stunning lack of respect for our international travel plans, but as Omahan Amy Tokos can attest, a simple precaution can spare an incredible amount of headache and expense. “It was kind of

By |2019-09-04T08:54:25-05:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Our Take|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Going aboard? Omaha family’s ordeal makes strong case for travel medical insurance

An aspiring chef finds a door into the kitchen, excels in 15-week culinary training program

Wesleyon “Wes” Zollicoffer scrolls through original recipes worthy of Food & Wine magazine: charred watermelon with pistachio, feta cheese and vinaigrette; charcuterie board with homemade crackers, bacon, salami and pickled pineapple; gumbo-inspired shrimp croquettes with creamy grits and andouille sausage purée. The north Omaha native created them all. “I go back to what I loved

By |2019-08-12T08:40:20-05:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on An aspiring chef finds a door into the kitchen, excels in 15-week culinary training program

Mindfulness meditation: How it’s practiced and why it can lead to healthier you

Three tones on a cellphone mark the start of a 30-minute “sit” at The Center for Mindful Living in Dundee. The scent of lavender, rich and soothing, hangs in the air as those gathered – some in chairs, others on the floor – give full focus not to the past or to the future but

By |2019-08-05T09:03:43-05:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Mindfulness meditation: How it’s practiced and why it can lead to healthier you

Our perception of ‘old’ changes as we age

When checking the weather in the morning, you can focus on the actual air temperature or you can embrace the calculated “feels like” temperature, which factors in wind and humidity. Many of us take a similar approach to aging. If you were born in 1960, your actual age will be 59 at some point this

By |2019-07-15T08:56:33-05:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Our perception of ‘old’ changes as we age

Salvation Army volunteer reflects on flood relief, her “little part” in filling a huge need

For Omahan Stacey Quandahl, it was about rising to the occasion in the wake of last spring’s catastrophic flooding in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. A grandmother of three, she was among thousands of residents who stepped up to help with the relief effort. “I was moved to volunteer because I knew there was such

By |2019-07-01T09:15:50-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Salvation Army volunteer reflects on flood relief, her “little part” in filling a huge need

Middle-age spread: With the right strategies, you can get a handle on battle of the bulge

Do you have an apple-shaped or pear-shaped body? What’s the difference between subcutaneous and visceral fat – and why does it matter? The answers are increasingly important as we age and start to grapple with those gradually expanding waistlines. Multiple factors — including hormone changes, genetics, lifestyle habits, loss of muscle mass and metabolism decline

By |2019-07-01T08:59:31-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Middle-age spread: With the right strategies, you can get a handle on battle of the bulge

Mindful meditation, other self-help strategies for managing stressors that can come with age

As a person grows older, it's natural to fret about an expanding slate of concerns: changing social roles, living on a fixed or limited income, physical decline, chronic illness, loss of independence. “Whether it’s retirement or an ‘empty nest,’ changing social roles can be difficult and confusing," says Jennifer Baker, a social worker and mental

By |2019-06-17T08:48:15-05:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Mindful meditation, other self-help strategies for managing stressors that can come with age

Like falling in love, experiencing art can boost your mental and physical well-being

As we grow older and look for ways to fortify our physical and mental health, study after study has painted a picture for us: It pays to get creative. This time, we’re not talking about exploring a new Zumba Gold class or diving into a series of brain games. We’re talking about exercising actual creativity

By |2019-06-05T09:08:10-05:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Like falling in love, experiencing art can boost your mental and physical well-being

Jessie had it all. Then the whisky took over. Without Heart Ministry Center, who knows where she’d be

It’s just before noon on a Monday, and the waiting area at Heart Ministry Center has grown crowded with people needing basic necessities: toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, diapers ... They’ll also receive plenty of kindness and understanding from intake specialist Carlin “Jessie” Green. “Being hospitable and compassionate – just caring about people – is extremely

By |2019-05-28T09:38:06-05:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Jessie had it all. Then the whisky took over. Without Heart Ministry Center, who knows where she’d be

If the gym scene isn’t for you, allemande left and dance your way to better fitness

Debbie Carlson, 67, says she was hooked instantly – ever since that first allemande left and do-si-do six years ago. “I found out about it from a member of a church group. Her square dance club was starting a session of lessons so I went to check it out,” Carlson says. Now, she is fully

By |2019-05-20T08:48:55-05:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on If the gym scene isn’t for you, allemande left and dance your way to better fitness