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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

Getting healthy meant investing in herself

Michelle Shimmel is making 2019 the year to get healthy. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employee joined a Healthy Weight Challenge at the beginning of the year and hasn’t looked back. “I lost 30 pounds, and I continue to lose weight after the challenge,” Shimmel said. “I used the challenge as

By |2019-07-03T10:26:10-05:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Getting healthy meant investing in herself

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

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Coping with summer allergies

Take it from an allergy sufferer, it’s no fun sniffling through the summer months. Any change in the weather can bring about itchy eyes, a running nose and constant sneezes. Bad weather, high humidity and dry air can also set off asthma. So, what can you do to lower your risk of an allergy or

By |2019-06-18T08:43:23-05:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Coping with summer allergies

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

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