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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

E-scooter test drive proves they’re not toys

If you’ve been in the Aksarben, Midtown or downtown Omaha, you’ve probably seen a bright green scooter fly by on a sidewalk or in the street. They popped up in the area in May and might be here to stay. I took a ride to see what e-scooters are about. There are basic rules to

By |2019-06-07T09:19:46-05:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on E-scooter test drive proves they’re not toys

Like falling in love, experiencing art can boost your mental and physical well-being

As we grow older and look for ways to fortify our physical and mental health, study after study has painted a picture for us: It pays to get creative. This time, we’re not talking about exploring a new Zumba Gold class or diving into a series of brain games. We’re talking about exercising actual creativity

By |2019-06-05T09:08:10-05:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Like falling in love, experiencing art can boost your mental and physical well-being

Tan no sign of health

Do you believe a tan makes a person look healthy? You are not alone. A recent Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Health of America study found 53 percent of millennials believe getting a tan is a sign of health. It’s a misconception that can have serious consequences. “I just didn’t do anything to prevent bad

By |2019-05-31T13:50:52-05:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Tan no sign of health

You never know when you may need it

Jenny Hemmer recently participated in basic life support training for health care providers who work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). Hemmer, a nurse case manager, took the class because “as a nurse, I feel like I should always be certified (in basic life support), but you never know when you may

If the gym scene isn’t for you, allemande left and dance your way to better fitness

Debbie Carlson, 67, says she was hooked instantly – ever since that first allemande left and do-si-do six years ago. “I found out about it from a member of a church group. Her square dance club was starting a session of lessons so I went to check it out,” Carlson says. Now, she is fully

By |2019-05-20T08:48:55-05:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on If the gym scene isn’t for you, allemande left and dance your way to better fitness

Getting to work can be good exercise

Getting to work is exercise for Brent Roberts. Roberts bikes nearly 20 miles a day, from his home to work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “I try to ride year around,” Roberts, a business configuration analyst, said. Roberts got started riding with his dad. He got serious about it as a

By |2019-05-16T09:55:20-05:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Getting to work can be good exercise

The truth about Alzheimer’s disease: We can’t control aging, genetics. That leaves lifestyle

Given the prevalence and devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease, the claims are bound to grab attention. After all, who wouldn’t want to “reverse mental decline associated with dementia in just a week,” “reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by half” or “prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s”? Let’s start with a hard truth: While certain FDA-approved

By |2019-05-06T08:41:24-05:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The truth about Alzheimer’s disease: We can’t control aging, genetics. That leaves lifestyle