Business coalition battles coming federal health law change, saying it could raise insurance costs up to 18%

Expanding the definition of “small business” will increase premiums, business groups say. 

A 40-minute workout you can do solo or with the whole family

It’s hard to get a workout in at home without someone interrupting, so, I came up with a way to get everyone involved without letting my workout intensity slip.

New U.P. health care website focuses on savings

The Union Pacific Railroad Employees Health Systems, which administers health care benefits for 23,000 hourly workers and retirees in 30 states, said California-based Castlight Health will provide software that will allow its members to view benefit information, find doctors and use the mail-order pharmacy.

40 percent of food in America goes uneaten

Not only could curbing the waste have a profound effect on the very real issue of hunger, but it could also help with less-obvious concerns — water supplies, energy and land use, even climate change.

Posted: June 03, 2015
The spouse who earns less is more likely to cheat

Study finds that dependency on a partner leads to straying more often.

Posted: June 03, 2015
Nebraska man who weighed 399 pounds to appear on ABC's 'Extreme Weight Loss'

Josh Hanes worked with trainers Chris Powell and Heidi Powell over the course of a year on "Extreme Weight Loss," which airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted: June 02, 2015
First triplets born at Lakeside Hospital to couple who met there, work there

Julie and Drew Kleymann welcomed the triplets May 26, with 5-pound, 5-ounce Jett coming first at 7:20 a.m., followed by 4-pound, 13 ounce Lyla at 7:21 a.m. and finishing with 5-pound, 13-ounce Knox at 7:22 a.m.

Posted: June 02, 2015
More than 40 individual insurance plans in Nebraska, Iowa will see double-digit premium increases next year

Insurance companies are blaming rising health care and drug costs, more use of health services and the phasing out of federal programs intended to control costs.

Posted: June 02, 2015
Four speedy workouts to do when you're short on time

Snippets matter, be they of pie or of days or, when it comes to working out, of minutes. In other words, the “not enough time” excuse doesn’t cut it.

Posted: June 02, 2015
Registration for Corporate Cup now open

The race, now in its 35th year, is Sept. 13 and benefits the American Lung Association in Nebraska.

Posted: June 02, 2015
Omaha man goes from 300 pounds to 215, credits hard work, 'Faturday'

The 26-year-old tried several diet programs before he discovered what works best for his body. Now 6-foot-1 Bren Vander Weil is a healthy 215 pounds, a weight he’s maintained for three years.

Updated: June 01, 2015 - 2:01 pm
65-year-old legendary swimmer says she will do 'extreme things until the day I die'

You might think that at 65 years old, legendary swimmer Diana Nyad is ready to relax, settle down and enjoy her golden years. Think again.

Posted: June 01, 2015
Avoid temptation and eat healthier at work

Physical inactivity, stress, ever-present birthday cakes and rampant desktop eating — the workplace has it all.

Posted: June 01, 2015
Construction prompts move of helipad at Nebraska Medical Center

A parking lot on the southwest corner of Saddle Creek Road and Farnam Street will be temporarily converted into a helipad.

Updated: June 01, 2015 - 3:27 pm
Organ network’s longest-surviving recipient calls distinction 'amazing'

Jennifer Harrington was born with a rare form of hepatitis that severely damaged her liver. She itched, couldn’t walk and had a swollen belly. She was 3 when she received a liver transplant at the Nebraska Medical Center on Oct. 3, 1987.

Posted: June 01, 2015
Nebraska Medical Center's intestinal rehab clinic offers children a new way to survive

Although the med center is a national leader in intestinal transplants, the clinic has grown increasingly successful at helping kids avoid undergoing transplants through nutritional advances and infection control.

Posted: May 31, 2015
Hansen: Methodist Hospital cancer center patients now greeted with a story — how one man beat an 'incurable' prognosis

Sure, you can pull the lever for a while and keep winning, cancer patient Jon McAlpin said last year. But eventually the casino will take your money. The house always wins. Except a funny thing happened on the way to inevitability. Jon hit the jackpot.

Posted: May 31, 2015
Are home births a right or a risk? Numbers low in Nebraska due to law rebuffing midwives

Although still a small portion of births in the U.S., the number of home births has risen steadily in Iowa but not in Nebraska, one of two states where certified nurse midwives are forbidden by law from assisting at a home birth.

Posted: May 31, 2015
Incorporate more veggies into your diet by making pasta dishes

With the help of one of those “as seen on TV” spiral slicers, just about any root vegetable from beets to turnips can take the shape of pasta.

Posted: May 30, 2015
There's no 'one size fits all' weight-loss program; find what works for you

You are most likely to succeed with a personally tailored weight-loss program that takes into account a variety of factors such as health status, lifestyle and preferences.

Posted: May 30, 2015
Omaha mom's 5 reasons for going to the gym (health is last)

She even made a helpful infographic for you to tape to your coffee machine.

Posted: May 30, 2015
Why you shouldn't work out too hard at the gym

The most basic exercises might look easy on the board, but when the body is unconditioned, they can be really difficult.

Posted: May 29, 2015
What's interrupting your sleep?

If sleep disturbances leave you tired, cause you to miss work or interfere with your relationships, you deserve a clinical evaluation. There are likely recommendations for how to get your sleep back in order.

Posted: May 29, 2015
How to soothe your screaming newborn

It is important to know that all children move through a period of crying and that, as a parent, you are not alone.

Posted: May 29, 2015
Iowa health clinic offers virtual visits to patients

The fee is $50 per visit, and users must have Internet connections and web cameras on their computers or mobile devices.

Posted: May 29, 2015
VA wants local veterans’ two cents 
on replacing its aging hospital in Omaha

With three big-budget replacement options, the agency seeks local input. It plans a series of focus groups and town hall meetings this summer before making a final decision on the hospital.

Posted: May 28, 2015
13 songs to add to your workout playlist

A good playlist keeps you motivated during a long workout, and if you run, it can keep you in rhythm.

Updated: May 28, 2015 - 10:10 am
Papillion woman among 14 local athletes competing at CrossFit regionals this weekend

This year’s regional competition runs Friday through Sunday and serves as a qualifier for the annual CrossFit Games, the program’s most elite competition.

Posted: May 28, 2015

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