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Wise & Well: The beat of Jeff Huether’s wellness

Wellness has never been a linear process for Jeff Huether – rather, it’s had its peaks and valleys. “Honestly, over time, my focus on wellness has reacted like the stock market,” said Huether, director of pharmacy at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “What has helped me is having a partner along the

By |2021-02-26T10:56:57-06:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Team Blue|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: The beat of Jeff Huether’s wellness

Wise & Well: Tammy Talacko’s way of wellness

Most people see their wellness as a checklist to get done throughout the day. Not Tammy Talacko. She sees it as a way of existence. “Being healthy is not a matter simply of getting in a certain number of steps each day and saying your prayers at night,” said Talacko, nurse care manager at Blue

By |2021-01-20T11:19:46-06:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Tammy Talacko’s way of wellness

Wise & Well: Tom Kocanda’s work-from-home wellness

To Tom Kocanda, staying well is less about how many reps you can do at the gym or perfecting portion sizes and more about one thing – your mindset. “In the past, I tended to overcomplicate things when considering how to best approach a wellness lifestyle,” said Kocanda, enterprise security education consultant at Blue Cross

By |2020-12-28T14:26:47-06:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Tom Kocanda’s work-from-home wellness

BCBSNE receives Grower Wellness Award

Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently awarded Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) with a Grower Wellness Award. The award is presented every three years as part of the Governor’s Wellness Awards. It honors organizations that demonstrate significant improvement in employee health behaviors. This year

By |2020-10-30T14:21:53-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE receives Grower Wellness Award

Wise & Well: Kiran Ala’s motivation to stay well

Kiran Ala has been focusing on keeping every dimension of wellness balanced for almost 20 years. “When I was a teenager, I watched the movie Rocky,” said Ala, database administrator at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “I was so pumped up to be a boxer and started my journey with a push

By |2020-11-02T12:22:46-06:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Kiran Ala’s motivation to stay well

Wise & Well: Leah Bond’s lifelong wellness

From being a gymnast in her youth to her education as an athletic trainer, wellness has been at the center of Leah Bond’s life for as long as she can remember. “Personally, it’s the thing I do just for myself every day,” said Bond, human resources business partner at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of

By |2020-09-29T08:49:09-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Leah Bond’s lifelong wellness

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

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

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska employees counted their steps to better wellness during the company’s 10K-A-Day wellness challenge

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) 10K-A-Day wellness challenge hosted by the company’s wellness department motivated employees to walk to better wellness. The challenge ran six weeks, and employees could go solo to try and make it on the individual leaderboard or form a team and take on the challenge together. “Ten thousand

By |2020-06-30T15:43:07-05:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska employees counted their steps to better wellness during the company’s 10K-A-Day wellness challenge