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Fitness trackers are great motivators, seniors say, for stepping up activity, feeling younger

Retired Omaha attorney Fred Coffman doesn’t spend his days in court – he spends them on it. Over the last couple of years, the active 77-year-old has developed quite a taste for pickleball, a fast-growing court sport that combines tennis, table tennis and badminton. “I like pickleball because you bend, you stretch. You’re moving frontward,

By |2019-01-14T08:52:42+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fitness trackers are great motivators, seniors say, for stepping up activity, feeling younger

Food, fun & families: Prioritizing time (and reaping the benefits) in 2019

Kathy Biernbaum of Springfield, Nebraska, brings out her recipe for quality family time every holiday season – it involves copious amounts of flour and frosting. “My mom always did cookie cutouts with frosting,” she says. “I still have that Pillsbury cookbook; it’s from 1955.” For Kay and Mike Glynn of Hastings, Iowa, quality family time

By |2019-01-14T09:01:37+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Food, fun & families: Prioritizing time (and reaping the benefits) in 2019

CASA volunteer says ‘it’s good to be a hero’ in the life of child

Here’s a quick glimpse into the psyche of Elkhorn’s Phil Brown: After he completed his 30 hours of training to become a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children, he volunteered to take on five cases. “They still joke about that. Nobody has five cases,” Brown says. One is typical. Brown and his

By |2019-01-07T09:08:56+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on CASA volunteer says ‘it’s good to be a hero’ in the life of child

Suicide prevention initiative ‘crucial’ to rural area with limited mental health services

Carolyn Petersen discovered years ago that a listening ear and a steady, compassionate voice can save a life. “I had a young mother call me,” recalls Petersen, of Valentine, Nebraska. “She had gathered some pills, and she was going to kill herself.” An emergency services dispatcher in New York at the time, Petersen did what

By |2018-11-26T08:40:21+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Suicide prevention initiative ‘crucial’ to rural area with limited mental health services

Stepdaughter’s diagnosis, staggering statistics compel Omahan to join breast cancer fight

Odds are you’ve encountered the bully or know someone who has. Incorrigible and unrelenting, it pummels without prejudice, hovering over its marks with that snarling taunt: “Have you had enough yet?” Omaha’s Karen Crawford has had enough. “We want to find a cure for this disease. It’s a horrible disease,” she says. “One in eight

By |2018-10-29T10:06:32+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Stepdaughter’s diagnosis, staggering statistics compel Omahan to join breast cancer fight

Older Nebraskans taking control of health with YMCA assist

Larry Newill is actively working to keep his Type 2 diabetes in check. Aletheir Evans is now in the habit of monitoring her own blood pressure. Both say their quality of life is improving – and the “why” can be traced back to the Y. Throughout the state, older Nebraskans are taking control of their

By |2018-10-22T09:58:48+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Older Nebraskans taking control of health with YMCA assist

Hastings College students keep Bronco Bikes program growing, pedaling forward

Daniel Mastrobuono has to put the brakes on our interview. Another rush of Hastings College schoolmates just walked into the Bronco Bikes shop on campus, and the senior business major needs to get them rolling. “I got through 40 bikes in the first two pickups and then about 35 in the last two days,” he

By |2018-09-24T08:53:03+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Hastings College students keep Bronco Bikes program growing, pedaling forward

‘Diabetes saved my life.’ At 60, 5-mile walks, 60-minute workouts are daily priorities

It looks like a small home gym, complete with a weight bench and an elliptical machine, but to Clint Baker, this is his “House of Pain,” a designation stenciled on the wall in big, black letters. “Every morning, it’s a mental fight to go into the House of Pain,” he says. And yet, he does

By |2018-09-10T16:06:42+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘Diabetes saved my life.’ At 60, 5-mile walks, 60-minute workouts are daily priorities

Girl Scout camp helps young women own their life journeys, embrace potential to ‘change the world’

Maysaa Khalaf, 19, is from Iraq. Behind that simple sentence is a story – both harrowing and uplifting. Xinrou Tan, 29, is from Malaysia. Another simple string of words, another incredibly inspiring story. Fate brought both to Lincoln as young women. They met in 2017, at Catron Camp and Retreat Center in Nebraska City, where

By |2018-08-27T08:52:08+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Girl Scout camp helps young women own their life journeys, embrace potential to ‘change the world’

Sidewalk Marathon is fun, easy way to see the town, log steps for better health

Between full- and part-time jobs, active involvement in his church and passions for cooking and photography, Garry Floyd, 50, doesn’t have a lot of time to stop and smell his roses – but he has learned to enjoy them in motion. “Walking has really helped me to see the town and how beautiful things are,”

By |2018-08-20T10:02:23+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Sidewalk Marathon is fun, easy way to see the town, log steps for better health