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School supply “shop” opens at Conestoga Elementary for new year

Checklists in hand, Conestoga Elementary students and their parents recently crossed school supply shopping off their to-do lists in a special “shop” set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees. BCBSNE, Conestoga’s Adopt-a-School partner, hosts an annual school supply drive for the elementary school. Departments and employees throughout the company collect

By |2019-08-15T16:56:46-05:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on School supply “shop” opens at Conestoga Elementary for new year

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

Roots in numbers grow into diverse experiences, lead to his dream job

Steve Konnath’s career reflects the sports analogy a manager once used to describe his potential. “He saw me as a multipurpose back on a football team,” Konnath said. “He could put me anywhere, and I could do anything.” For a stretch in his career, Konnath, who currently serves as vice president of actuarial, underwriting and

By |2019-08-01T10:45:33-05:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Roots in numbers grow into diverse experiences, lead to his dream job

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

Helping members is her passion

January Miller has always enjoyed helping others. As a customer service representative at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), she assists the company’s members every day. “It’s a very humbling experience,” Miller said, “and rewarding, too.” Miller came to BCBSNE in October 2018. While she didn’t have experience in the health care industry,

By |2019-07-19T11:19:00-05:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Helping members is her passion

BCBSNE interns embrace corporate social responsibility at seminar

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) recently gave 10 interns the opportunity to attend First National Bank of Omaha’s Intern Innovation seminar on corporate social responsibility. The two-day seminar brought together interns from surrounding companies to create a community outreach campaign. “My favorite part was getting to meet and collaborate with interns from

By |2019-07-18T11:13:44-05:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE interns embrace corporate social responsibility at seminar

Data can lower health care costs

Data is everywhere in health care - the results of a lab test, immunization records and cholesterol levels are considered data. What if some of that same data could be used not just to treat but to predict future health conditions like diabetes? It’s already happening. Data in the hands of providers and their staffs

By |2019-07-15T13:42:19-05:00July 17th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Data can lower health care costs

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

BCBSNE creates employee resource group to support LGBTQ community

When Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska employees (BCBSNE) expressed interest in learning how to support the company’s LGBTQ community, the Diversity and Inclusion Business Council (DIBC) set out to make it happen. The DIBC, which cultivates an inclusive culture at BCBSNE, created an interactive session on fostering a safe and welcoming environment for

By |2019-07-12T08:40:44-05:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE creates employee resource group to support LGBTQ community