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Take the healthy eating challenge: Fortify your diet with plant-based foods

You’re ready to make the commitment to healthier eating, eager to reap the many benefits, including weight loss, increased energy and decreased risks of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. Yes, you are on board! You’re just not sure where to start. “There are constantly new nutrition claims, fads and diets telling people what they

By |2020-03-02T13:04:25-06:00March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Take the healthy eating challenge: Fortify your diet with plant-based foods

National Children’s Dental Health Month teaches importance of starting good dental habits at a young age

You probably know that teeth are important for chewing and eating. But, do you know they are also important for talking and smiling? That’s what the staff at Smile Station Pediatric Dentistry teaches children throughout the year, but especially in February. Why? Because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. According to the American Dental

By |2020-02-27T09:35:29-06:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on National Children’s Dental Health Month teaches importance of starting good dental habits at a young age

Wise & Well: Tawny Archer’s weight loss journey

Tawny Archer, a provider executive at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), has lost 82 pounds since the beginning of her weight loss journey. It all began when she was pregnant with her now 17-month-old daughter. “When I was pregnant two years ago, I had gestational diabetes really bad where I had to

By |2020-02-27T08:54:53-06:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Tawny Archer’s weight loss journey

Flu poses greater risk to Nebraskans than coronavirus

News about COVID-19, a new coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, spread quickly. However, Nebraskans have a greater risk of catching another illness: The flu. Flu activity is currently widespread in Nebraska, according to estimates on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website. Of the 46,145 influenza diagnostic tests performed so far in the

By |2020-02-20T09:00:57-06:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Flu poses greater risk to Nebraskans than coronavirus

‘Think of what your goal is and keep striving for it’

Geni Evans’ decision to focus on her health in 2019 was an easy one. “I always struggle at the end of the year with the holidays and all the treats I love,” she said. “I knew I needed to lose weight and get in shape.” So, Evans, a medical policy and special project clinical analyst

By |2020-01-31T13:57:45-06:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘Think of what your goal is and keep striving for it’

Wise & Well: Malorie Maddox’s wellness journey

Even before Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Malorie Maddox came to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) in 2018, she made wellness a priority in her life. “I was born with rheumatoid arthritis, so at a very early age I had a doctor tell me I have to be active my whole life,”

By |2020-01-29T15:49:16-06:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Malorie Maddox’s wellness journey

Seniors move, strengthen and connect in SilverSneakers fitness program

Kathleen Mohle was 30 years old when The Temptations released “My Girl” in 1965. Now the classic tune – “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day . . ." – serves as workout music for the active 84-year-old, one of 20 seniors in a SilverSneakers class at the Armbrust YMCA. SilverSneakers is a health and

By |2020-01-14T14:27:12-06:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Seniors move, strengthen and connect in SilverSneakers fitness program

12 months of healthy tips for a more vibrant 2020

Make 2020 your healthiest year yet with a month-by-month commitment to wellness. “If you want to shed bad habits and develop healthy ones, make your move,” says Sarah Emanuel, manager of wellness services for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “Start with one healthy choice and keep going. Good habits can improve your

By |2020-01-13T15:41:27-06:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 12 months of healthy tips for a more vibrant 2020

Five ways to have yourself a healthy little holiday

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can make taking care of yourself trickier than perfecting a gingerbread house. However, it’s important to prioritize healthy habits, so you can experience all the joyous events of the season. Follow these five tips from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s wellness team to stay in tip-top-shape.

By |2019-12-10T11:37:09-06:00December 13th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Five ways to have yourself a healthy little holiday

Resiliency series helps employees grow challenge-tackling skills

Chris Johnson was a “goofy ADHD kid in the ‘60s.” “I had too much energy and was not very focused,” he said. “By the time I got to college, I flunked out my first year because I didn’t know how to be a student.” Johnson failed his English class three times in two semesters and

By |2019-12-10T08:39:01-06:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Resiliency series helps employees grow challenge-tackling skills