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Taking action to stop summer reading slide

Summer reading isn’t just a nice to have for children anymore. A Scholastic study shows that younger children and children from low-income families are the most likely to experience a “summer slide” in reading. Each slide they experience can set them further back in school. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) partnered with

By |2019-06-25T13:39:15-05:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Taking action to stop summer reading slide

Curiosity and creativity collide at ProtoLab Day Camp

Six Howard Kennedy Elementary School students crowd around a laser cutter at Metropolitan Community College (MCC), cheeks pressed against the glass, eyes glued on the action as the machine etches their custom designed nametags into reality. Ken Heinze, MCC prototype design lab coordinator, steps up and invites the students to open the machine with him.

By |2019-06-18T09:16:44-05:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Curiosity and creativity collide at ProtoLab Day Camp

4 tips to celebrate summer and the great outdoors safely

Ah, summer. Nothing beats enjoying a long, hot day in the great outdoors. Swimming, hiking, camping – however you choose to celebrate the warmer months, stay safe and have fun all season long by utilizing the following safety tips. 1. Don’t catch rays. Dodge them Lounging poolside under the sweltering sun sounds like the start

By |2019-06-12T09:46:43-05:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on 4 tips to celebrate summer and the great outdoors safely

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

Omaha Public Schools students with disabilities grow workplace skills at BCC

The Winner’s Circle Café at Blue Cross Centre (BCC) serves more than meals to hungry employees: it serves special needs students from Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Students from Burke High School and South High School in the OPS Work-Based Learning program come to the café with a paraprofessional several days a week during the school

By |2019-06-10T15:19:37-05:00June 15th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Omaha Public Schools students with disabilities grow workplace skills at BCC

Weight Watchers @ Work offered at BCBSNE

Another session of Weight Watchers @ Work (WW) is underway at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), and it’s a good one. Michelle Buechler, a claims lead at BCBSNE, is participating in her second session and is happy to be doing so. Buechler’s first session started in January 2019. “A friend at BCBSNE

By |2019-06-13T16:02:06-05:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Weight Watchers @ Work offered at BCBSNE

Life safety officer discovers ‘can’t miss’ opportunities in new role

Terel Dunn started at Blue Cross Centre (BCC) as a Frontline Security contractor two years ago. In his third year at BCC, Dunn joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) security and life safety team, becoming a full-time employee and discovering “can’t miss” opportunities for growth. Dunn transitioned to his role as a

By |2019-06-07T14:01:05-05:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Life safety officer discovers ‘can’t miss’ opportunities in new role

Can’t get your man to the doctor?

If you or your husband are anything like mine, it’s impossible to get them to go to the doctor.  “I feel fine, I don’t need to go to the doctor if I’m not sick,” is something I hear all too often.  Clearly, I’m not the only one that’s heard this, because there’s an entire month

By |2019-06-10T10:50:48-05:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Our Take|Comments Off on Can’t get your man to the doctor?

Where you get health care can cost you

Do you know how much a trip to your physician costs? Most of us don’t. We pay the copay at the physician’s office and don’t think much about it. If the doctor determines further tests are needed, most patients go where he or she suggests. When the bill comes, costs may be higher because of

By |2019-06-10T08:59:14-05:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Where you get health care can cost you

E-scooter test drive proves they’re not toys

If you’ve been in the Aksarben, Midtown or downtown Omaha, you’ve probably seen a bright green scooter fly by on a sidewalk or in the street. They popped up in the area in May and might be here to stay. I took a ride to see what e-scooters are about. There are basic rules to

By |2019-06-07T09:19:46-05:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on E-scooter test drive proves they’re not toys