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NET’s Good, Healthy Life series looks at wellness programs

Good, Healthy Life is a new series produced by NET in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). The series explores health care in the country, how the system got to be where it is and how consumers can navigate it. They are examining the causes of illnesses, how Nebraskans can prevent

By |2018-12-07T11:07:15+00:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on NET’s Good, Healthy Life series looks at wellness programs

5 tips for having a healthy and safe holiday season

The hustle and bustle of the holidays makes it easy to forget to slow down and take care of yourself. Enjoy the holiday season while staying healthy and safe by using these five tips from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) wellness team. 1. Find seasonal activities that get your body moving It’s

By |2018-12-04T08:51:57+00:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on 5 tips for having a healthy and safe holiday season

New wellness challenge provides motivation to maintain weight over holidays

When the weather outside turns frightful, it’s easy to curl up on the couch and enjoy sweet treats, leading to weight gain that sticks around. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) is providing employees with motivation to maintain their weight over the holidays with a new wellness challenge. The challenge, Maintain Don’t Gain,

By |2018-11-12T10:47:15+00:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New wellness challenge provides motivation to maintain weight over holidays

Rural opioid deaths outpacing urban, Nebraska remains vigilant, makes suggestions to USDA

With rural opioid deaths now outnumbering urban deaths, representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently came to Lincoln to hold a roundtable discussion on what can be done to combat this growing nationwide problem. While Nebraska has a relatively low rate of addiction, members of law enforcement, lawmakers, health experts and the

By |2018-11-05T14:58:22+00:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Rural opioid deaths outpacing urban, Nebraska remains vigilant, makes suggestions to USDA

Geriatric massage ‘takes my cares away’ and relieves chronic aches and pains, patients say

In a darkened room, with music quietly playing and the hint of flowers in the air, 81-year-old Ronna Graskowiak can finally relax. “This takes my cares away,” Ronna says. Ronna is a caregiver to her 90-year-old husband, who is losing his memory. She’s in good hands with certified geriatric massage therapist Nicole Joy at Think

By |2018-10-16T09:48:52+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Geriatric massage ‘takes my cares away’ and relieves chronic aches and pains, patients say

CEDARS: Be creative with wellness program

CEDARS, a Nebraska-based child-service organization, received a Governor’s Wellness Award this year along with 38 other Nebraska employers. The award recognizes businesses that dedicate leadership, resources and time to wellness efforts in the workplace. “We have a great wellness committee,” Joy Crawford, the company’s human resource specialist said. “It’s helpful to have such buy-in from

Cancer struck and there was no way of knowing why

The American Cancer Society estimates 10,320 Nebraskans will develop cancer this year. Most will be diagnosed with breast and lung cancer. People often ask, “Why me?” Many cancers can be attributed to smoking or too much time in the sun. For the following three people, there was no way of knowing why. All they could

By |2018-10-11T08:49:02+00:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cancer struck and there was no way of knowing why

BCBSNE Intern Megan Brohman doesn’t let autoimmune disease slow her down

Most college students spend spring break lounging on the beach or hitting the ski slopes, but Megan Brohman, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) information services intern, spent her last spring break in the hospital. Brohman, then a University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) student, had been struggling with health problems since

By |2018-10-09T10:38:20+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE Intern Megan Brohman doesn’t let autoimmune disease slow her down

Sampson Construction “keeps it simple” to engage employees in wellness program

Sampson Construction received a Governor’s Wellness Award this year along with 38 other Nebraska employers.  The award recognizes businesses that dedicate leadership, resources and time to wellness efforts in the workplace. Travis Lucas, Sampson Construction human resources director, started the company’s wellness program about 18 months ago. “It began pretty much from ground zero,” Lucas

A simple message – get a mammogram

Lisa Vogt has a simple message – get a yearly mammogram. She knows. At age 49, she had a routine mammogram. No lumps were found. But she had calcifications—tiny white dots—on her screening. Lisa had a biopsy, which confirmed it was cancer, DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). It’s a cancer where abnormal cells are found

By |2018-10-03T09:37:38+00:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A simple message – get a mammogram