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‘My life has changed,’ after collaborative approach to losing 45 pounds

Wade Whitsel knows what it’s like to receive that phone call. “It’s pretty mind-boggling,” he says. Over the last 10 months, the 50-year-old resident of Rosalie, Nebraska, has flashed from ominous test results to a biopsy to that call confirming an aggressive form of prostate cancer. A radical prostatectomy in May gave way to seven

By |2018-08-13T08:32:15+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘My life has changed,’ after collaborative approach to losing 45 pounds

Wrestling experience inspires Navy vet to compete in Cornhusker State Games

Brittne Westerman-Evert, 31, has a relentless resume – collegiate wrestling on scholarship, intense mixed martial arts training and competition and a decade of service in the U.S Navy. “I’ve always wanted to be the best, and my parents taught me that you have to work hard to be the best. That’s just what I’ve always

By |2018-07-25T09:01:25+00:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Wrestling experience inspires Navy vet to compete in Cornhusker State Games

Dennis De Leon was feeling lost and aimless then he found the Literacy Council

Dennis De Leon drove by the office three times before working up the nerve to step inside. The implications of that decision – choosing to engage the Literacy Council of Grand Island – would not only alter his life in a profound way, it would ripple to impact many more. “It’s really important we try

By |2018-06-25T13:13:59+00:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dennis De Leon was feeling lost and aimless then he found the Literacy Council

Meet Papa Joe, a foster grandparent fearless in helping kids become their best original self

"I learn from the kids. We're like family," says 76-year-old Foster Grandparent Joe Mattox, Papa Joe. He tutors elementary-age students at Wilson Focus School three days a week. "I tell the kids all the time, 'You're going to be one of the smartest kids in the school.' " Fearlessly. That’s how Joe Mattox, 76, served

By |2018-06-18T11:22:14+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Meet Papa Joe, a foster grandparent fearless in helping kids become their best original self

Breast cancer survivor fulfills fly-fishing dream, reclaims life thanks to Casting for Recovery

Maggi Welch has a couple of gigs on tap this particular May afternoon – such is the life of the 71-year-old lead singer of a traditional Irish music band, the Flat Rock Irregulars. “To say we’re an eclectic group is putting it mildly,” Welch says. The intrepid North Platte musician has collected a number of

By |2018-06-20T10:42:02+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Breast cancer survivor fulfills fly-fishing dream, reclaims life thanks to Casting for Recovery

Grandparents can have active and affordable adventures with grandkids

Diane LeDoux, Deb Ratzlaff and Mary Smith have more in common than proud grandmother status. They’re all advocates for Greater Omaha’s outdoor amenities; active proof that you can venture affordably with the grandkids, often times with no more cost involved than a picnic lunch and a state park permit or an annual membership to a

By |2018-05-25T14:38:17+00:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Grandparents can have active and affordable adventures with grandkids

Going abroad? Travel medical insurance is smart protection in event of injury, illness

Retirees Scott and Trudy Darling are treating themselves to the world, a reward for a job well done during their pre-retirement years. “It was such a busy time raising three kids and working, but we always talked about the places we wanted to go. That’s what we’re doing now,” says Scott, 69, a former vice

By |2018-05-23T09:06:42+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Going abroad? Travel medical insurance is smart protection in event of injury, illness

Strong grandparent-grandchild connections pay healthy dividends in mind, body and spirit

Teresa Rogers loves to ride motor bikes, build forts and sleep out in the tent. “I’ve been ziplining,” she says. “I’ll do whatever they do.” It’s not peer pressure driving 64-year-old Teresa; it’s intergenerational relationship building. The brick-and-mortar is active engagement with an 18-year-old granddaughter and three grandsons, ages 12, 11 and 7, whom she

By |2018-05-15T09:16:39+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Strong grandparent-grandchild connections pay healthy dividends in mind, body and spirit

P4K University pushes teen to work harder in life – not just school

JoAnn Robinson, 14, has big dreams. She enjoys studying math, engineering and robotics at North High School – but her real passion is lights, cameras and action. “I want to be a director,” she says – like her inspiration, director and producer Kenny Ortega, the guiding force behind some of her favorite movies, including Disney’s

By |2018-04-20T10:15:19+00:00April 20th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement|Comments Off on P4K University pushes teen to work harder in life – not just school

Joslyn program gives patrons with memory loss the ultimate gallery experience

Sharon Martin and Mike Hughbanks share a passion for advocacy and outreach related to dementia throught Art to Remember, an interactive program at Joslyn Art Museum. Omahans Mike Hughbanks and Sharon Martin understand the debilitating nature of dementia from two distinct perspectives. At 60, Mike, former chief operating officer at Diversified Financial, brings the patient

By |2018-04-11T13:41:52+00:00April 11th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Joslyn program gives patrons with memory loss the ultimate gallery experience