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BCBSNE’s chief medical officer: ‘Protect our state. Get your flu shot’

By Dr. Debra Esser, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s chief medical officer By now, you’ve probably heard the word “pandemic” countless times as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact people’s health, well-being and daily life. Flu season is coming, and with it, the possibility of a twindemic, or two pandemics happening at

By |2020-09-21T14:40:28-05:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE’s chief medical officer: ‘Protect our state. Get your flu shot’

BCBSNE medical director says vaccines are still vital to children’s health with e-learning

As Nebraska moves through an uncertain school year, there is one aspect that should remain consistent with year’s past: Ensuring children receive their immunizations. Vaccines are crucial to protect children from preventable diseases, even if they are not attending in-person classes. “It is important that children receive their scheduled immunizations, and that they get the

By |2020-09-11T11:40:22-05:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE medical director says vaccines are still vital to children’s health with e-learning

More Americans at risk for colorectal cancer due to rise in chronic health conditions

With chronic health conditions on the rise, more Americans are at risk for colorectal cancer, according to a recent Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Health of America study. A key component of the study’s findings relates to the health of millennials, who were born between 1981 and 1996. BCBS previously examined millennial health and found

By |2020-09-23T12:35:22-05:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Comments Off on More Americans at risk for colorectal cancer due to rise in chronic health conditions

Wise & Well: Kerry Kremke’s miles of wellness

Kerry Kremke, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) chief information security officer and director of information security and privacy, believes wellness is a journey influenced by his actions. “What I eat, the activities I do, the way I work with people, the attitude I choose to take and my spiritual connection are a

By |2020-08-28T13:46:21-05:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Kerry Kremke’s miles of wellness

BCBSNE employees stay active at home with virtual group exercise

Since March 24, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) wellness team has been offering virtual group exercise classes for employees. The wellness team made the adjustment to the regular, in-person group exercise classes offered in the onsite gym at Blue Cross Centre as employees transitioned to working from home due to the pandemic.

By |2020-08-20T16:20:15-05:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE employees stay active at home with virtual group exercise

COVID-19 summer safety tips

Summer may be winding down, but the season’s not over yet. Utilize these coronavirus (COVID-19) summer safety tips to protect your health while enjoying your favorite warm-weather pastimes. Farmers markets Always make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing when at a farmers market. If the booths and lines aren’t setup in a

By |2020-08-13T08:57:55-05:00August 4th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , |Comments Off on COVID-19 summer safety tips

Wise & Well: Tracie Pettijohn’s wellness awakening

Tracie Pettijohn’s wellness journey began a year ago with a wakeup call from her doctor. Pettijohn, a marketing operations consultant at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), is a five-year breast cancer survivor who has struggled with her weight in the past. “The turning point for me was when I had a physical

By |2020-08-13T08:58:47-05:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Tracie Pettijohn’s wellness awakening

July is “Protect Your Head” month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the U.S. Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans endure a TBI. A concussion is one of the most common types of TBIs, and Rusty McKune sees

Don’t put off your preventive care

While it may be easy to push a preventive health screening back on your calendar, screenings, especially for cancer, are crucial to your health. “Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Dr. Jo Gardner, a medical director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “The U.S. Preventive Services

By |2020-08-17T10:46:49-05:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Don’t put off your preventive care

BCBSNE health coach helps members ‘achieve a healthier way of life’

From navigating weight loss to managing a diabetes diagnosis, Registered Health Coach Sara Schneider is there to help Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members reach their health goals step-by-step. Schneider, a registered nurse and diabetic educator, works with BCBSNE members through Wellframe, a free mobile app. The app, which is available to

By |2020-07-20T14:10:34-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE health coach helps members ‘achieve a healthier way of life’