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Cold and flu season can hit college dorms hard

College is back in session and for students living in the dorms, so is the cold and flu season. In my first year in the dorms I had three or four colds. It’s easy to understand when hundreds of students are packing into one building. Each floor becomes a breeding ground for germs. A cold

By |2019-10-08T09:28:13-05:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Cold and flu season can hit college dorms hard

525 BCBSNE employees receive free flu shots

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) recently provided 525 employees with free flu vaccines at Blue Cross Centre. Think Whole Person Health Care personnel, including Pharmacy Manager Jennifer Krobot, administered the vaccines. BCBSNE provides free vaccines onsite for employees annually. Krobot recommends getting the vaccine between the end of September and beginning of

By |2019-09-27T14:03:40-05:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 525 BCBSNE employees receive free flu shots

BCBSNE hosts annual health, safety and benefits fair

At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) travel-themed health fair, employees chose their own adventure while visiting booths and learning more about health, safety and benefits opportunities available in the company and community. BCBSNE hosted the fair at Blue Cross Centre. More than 35 vendors, including Jeana Tortorilla with the National Safety Council,

By |2019-09-25T09:20:52-05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE hosts annual health, safety and benefits fair

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

By |2019-07-01T08:59:31-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Middle-age spread: With the right strategies, you can get a handle on battle of the bulge

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