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Wise & Well: Seth Orndorff on keeping wellness fun

Between playing soccer and being on the swim team growing up, Seth Orndorff has always led an active life, but, when college ended and pools became fewer and farther between, he struggled to keep active without getting bored. That is until he found the cure to his activity rut: keeping exercise fun. “I have a

By |2022-08-26T12:18:30-05:00August 29th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Seth Orndorff on keeping wellness fun

It’s time to play catch-up on vaccines this back-to-school season

As Nebraska moves into another school year, now is the perfect time to ensure that children are caught up on routine vaccinations. Vaccines are crucial to protect children from preventable diseases, especially as in-person activities and learning are back in full swing, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine ordering

By |2022-08-19T12:21:14-05:00August 23rd, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on It’s time to play catch-up on vaccines this back-to-school season

Wise & Well: Kara Urkoski’s journey – ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’

Kara Urkoski and her youngest son Blake pictured on vacation in Florida. Kara Urkoski, provider executive II at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), credits her success in leading an active lifestyle to being involved in sports when she was a kid. “I played soccer a lot when I was younger, I was

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Four tips for summertime safety

As you gear up to enjoy the hotter temperatures, you may begin to spend more time outdoors. While summer is a time to relax, don’t forget to stick to the basics of summer safety. Here are four tips to keep having summer fun. Stay hydrated As the weather heats up, so do you. To regulate

By |2022-07-20T15:41:38-05:00July 19th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Four tips for summertime safety

Patient-provider communication: The key to improved health literacy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost nine out of 10 people struggle to comprehend health information when their health care provider or others use unfamiliar or complex terms. Proper patient-provider communication creates a strong base for developing long-term, trusting relationships that improve personal health literacy – the ability of the

By |2022-07-11T12:55:00-05:00July 11th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Patient-provider communication: The key to improved health literacy

BCBSNE urges you to receive the COVID-19 booster shot

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) strongly encourages members to receive their COVID-19 booster shot. COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are a safe and effective way to reduce your risk of severe illness related to COVID-19. Do not receive any vaccination that has not been approved by

By |2022-07-06T14:16:06-05:00July 8th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE urges you to receive the COVID-19 booster shot

Seniors: How to stay active all summer long

Summertime means longer, warmer days and more ways to be physically active around and outside your home – from strolls around the neighborhood to long bike rides on one of the many paved trails in Omaha – there's no shortage of methods to move your body. The importance of exercise According to the National Institute

By |2022-06-21T14:18:04-05:00June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Seniors: How to stay active all summer long

Four tips to keep yourself safe in the sun

The summer sun has finally arrived, and everyone is spending more time outdoors. Before you grab your family and friends to enjoy all that summer has to offer, it is important to revisit the basics of sun safety. Here are four tips on how you can practice sun safety while enjoying the hot weather. Stay

By |2022-06-21T11:20:33-05:00June 22nd, 2022|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Four tips to keep yourself safe in the sun

Wise & Well: Kim Arnold’s journey – ‘it feels good to feel good’

Kim Arnold, vice president of marketing and communications at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), realized it was time to make a change when she started working in the building again last year. “When I started coming into the office last spring, I started wearing real clothes again,” said Arnold. “Like a lot

By |2022-06-09T11:54:09-05:00June 9th, 2022|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Kim Arnold’s journey – ‘it feels good to feel good’

The power of care at your fingertips

Jillian Ridpath, BCBSNE nurse health coach For as long as she can remember, Jillian Ridpath had a passion for helping others. Her caring nature and ability to connect with people led her to find her true calling as a nurse. As a nurse health coach at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

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