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Older adults ‘like’ Facebook for ability to stay informed, connect with friends and family

Carol Obenauer, 57, gains motivation from it. Ann Herzinger, 64, uses it as a tool for enlightenment. Mel Kaup, 64, logs on to stay in the loop, nudged initially by the lure of exclusive family photos. “After our son Andy got married, the rest of our kids started talking about neat wedding pictures the very

By |2019-01-21T11:03:14+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Older adults ‘like’ Facebook for ability to stay informed, connect with friends and family

The 411 on robocalls

You answer the phone and hear a prerecorded message instead of a live person—that’s a robocall, and depending on the content of the prerecorded message, it could even be illegal. Here’s the key: federal regulations permit robocalls for informational purposes (things like your flight is delayed or school is cancelled), but according to the Federal

By |2019-01-21T10:49:39+00:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The 411 on robocalls

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska announces grants to nonprofits

As a Nebraska-based company, we believe strongly in giving back to our communities. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has a long tradition of providing significant support to nonprofit organizations statewide. “The grants are an opportunity for our company to recognize the meaningful work being done by organizations across the state to impact

By |2019-01-15T11:07:32+00:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska announces grants to nonprofits

Fitness trackers are great motivators, seniors say, for stepping up activity, feeling younger

Retired Omaha attorney Fred Coffman doesn’t spend his days in court – he spends them on it. Over the last couple of years, the active 77-year-old has developed quite a taste for pickleball, a fast-growing court sport that combines tennis, table tennis and badminton. “I like pickleball because you bend, you stretch. You’re moving frontward,

By |2019-01-14T08:52:42+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fitness trackers are great motivators, seniors say, for stepping up activity, feeling younger

Refresh your insurance knowledge

It’s the New Year and with every New Year comes fresh beginnings. Did you know that it can also mean changes with your health insurance? Many health insurance plans reset annual cost shares (the amounts you pay) on January 1 of each year. This means the amounts you had accumulated towards your out-of-pocket maximum in

By |2019-01-09T10:32:11+00:00January 9th, 2019|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Refresh your insurance knowledge

Food, fun & families: Prioritizing time (and reaping the benefits) in 2019

Kathy Biernbaum of Springfield, Nebraska, brings out her recipe for quality family time every holiday season – it involves copious amounts of flour and frosting. “My mom always did cookie cutouts with frosting,” she says. “I still have that Pillsbury cookbook; it’s from 1955.” For Kay and Mike Glynn of Hastings, Iowa, quality family time

By |2019-01-14T09:01:37+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Food, fun & families: Prioritizing time (and reaping the benefits) in 2019

New Year, New You wellness challenge harnesses the power of teamwork

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees are harnessing the power of teamwork to meet one common New Year’s resolution during the company’s 12-week New Year, New You challenge. New Year, New You is a team weight loss wellness challenge hosted by BCBSNE’s wellness team from Jan. 16 to April 10. Participants aim

By |2019-01-02T10:41:22+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on New Year, New You wellness challenge harnesses the power of teamwork

CASA volunteer says ‘it’s good to be a hero’ in the life of child

Here’s a quick glimpse into the psyche of Elkhorn’s Phil Brown: After he completed his 30 hours of training to become a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children, he volunteered to take on five cases. “They still joke about that. Nobody has five cases,” Brown says. One is typical. Brown and his

By |2019-01-07T09:08:56+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on CASA volunteer says ‘it’s good to be a hero’ in the life of child

5 tips for setting attainable New Year’s resolutions

‘Tis the season for change. New Year’s resolutions are fun to set, but after the first week of working towards your goals, it’s easy to fall off the bandwagon and revert to old habits. Make 2019 the year you set and keep your New Year’s resolutions by utilizing the following tips. 1. Focus on the

By |2018-12-28T08:35:15+00:00December 28th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 5 tips for setting attainable New Year’s resolutions

BCBSNE’s workplace wellness program works well for employees

Jillian Ridpath was exhausted. As a chemical dependency nurse working the night shift, Ridpath drank caffeinated beverages to stay awake, went home too tired to cook and used food to cope with the stress of her job. All three factors led to her decision to look for a new position at a different company. Improving

By |2018-12-14T08:34:08+00:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE’s workplace wellness program works well for employees