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Thinking about retirement? Do your health care coverage homework now

Changing your health insurance  probably won't cross your mind until the letters and emails start coming with all kinds of coverage options around your 64th birthday.

Posted: November 30, 2015
Are you an 'active couch potato'? How to squeeze more activity into your day

It is possible to be physically active and still be highly sedentary. Follow these simple strategies at work and at home to sit less and move more.

Updated: November 29, 2015 - 8:57 pm
5 ways to deal with annoying family members over the holidays

There's a little secret that many share but rarely speak of: Some of our relatives are downright annoying. Why not plan ahead for how to manage those difficult situations with frustrating family members? Here are a few suggestions.

Updated: November 26, 2015 - 11:29 am
Omaha woman's nephew died while running; despite that, she still finds strength in the sport

 In my mind, running is the greatest sport on earth. But on Friday, Nov. 13 my love for running was thrown a curveball. My nephew was hit by a car while out running and died.

Updated: November 29, 2015 - 8:57 pm
No more blisters, blackened toenails: 6 tips to find the right running shoes

It’s become one of my running traditions. After an endurance race, I get ready to say goodbye to some close friends and kick out some uninvited guests who showed up for the run. I’m talking toenails and blisters.

Updated: November 24, 2015 - 2:14 pm
6 tips to get to the gym when you don't feel like working out

If you don’t make time for your health, you’re going to ring in the New Year feeling plump, just like those turkeys you stuffed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not to mention, tired, out of whack, and guilty for letting yourself go.

Posted: November 23, 2015
Omaha dietitian on how to curb your sugar problem

Whether it is to lose weight, treat diabetes or improve your lifestyle, eating less sugar is a common goal, but sugar seems to be hidden everywhere. Try focusing on the following tips to make your battle easier.

Posted: November 18, 2015
Finding your 'why': Nebraskan on 'Extreme Weight Loss' says knowing true motivation is key to better health

Why do you want to live a healthy lifestyle? Why are you wanting to make a change in your life? If you do not know the reason you started, what is the point?

Posted: November 17, 2015
How I told my 6-year-old that I have cancer

I wasn't sure I could hold it together if I had to talk. I wasn't sure I could stop myself from breaking into tears while telling our 6-year-old that mommy has cancer.

Updated: November 16, 2015 - 6:13 pm
Rest days and cool downs actually lead to strength gains, not setbacks

Successful recovery allows the body to heal and overcome the stress associated with rigorous exercise.

Updated: November 11, 2015 - 10:13 am
Not everything in a box is bad; how to shop the inner aisles of the grocery store

After filling your cart with fresh produce, dairy and lean proteins, don’t be afraid to head to the middle of the store.

Updated: November 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Walking Works winners logged nearly 10,000 miles during challenge

This year, 31 Nebraska companies took the Walking Works Challenge to encourage physical activity through online tracking and workplace incentives. 

Updated: November 09, 2015 - 10:01 am
What the future of health care might look like

I don’t have a crystal ball, but if I did and could see what health insurance may look like in five, 10 or even 20 years, I would see you, the patient, in the center of the process.

Updated: November 07, 2015 - 12:43 pm
Pregnant? What all those doctor visits are for

When you are pregnant, it seems like you undergo a lot of tests – one at each doctor visit of your pregnancy. But do you really know what they’re all for?

Posted: November 06, 2015
How to save money at the pharmacy during cold and flu season

Here's the inside scoop on how you can successfully navigate the pharmacy aisles and save money this cold and flu season with three simple tips.

Updated: November 08, 2015 - 8:36 pm
Relationship educator says LGBT lessons unnecessary, warns teen sex brings more than physical consequences

Are the physical consequences of sex the only consequences we should be worried about? In my classes, I teach that sex does not affect us just physically, but intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually as well.

Updated: November 04, 2015 - 11:26 am
Easy ingredient swaps to make holiday baking nutritious and delicious

Giving up holiday traditions for the sake of perfect eating is one solution, but it isn’t very realistic. Here are some easy ingredient swaps to make holiday cooking and baking better. 

Updated: November 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm
The ins and outs of grieving; how you can help someone who's experienced loss

Grief is a normal feeling of sadness usually related to the loss of someone or something cherished or valued. 

Posted: October 30, 2015
4 life lessons from a 10-year cancer survivor

As I look back on all the things I've learned in the past decade, it makes me feel even stronger.

Posted: October 29, 2015
5 meals that incorporate more fish into your diet

Try some of the ideas below, aiming to eat fish for one to two meals per week. These may just become new, regularly scheduled meals!

Updated: November 10, 2015 - 11:40 am
How to eat healthy when you're traveling; tips from local pro athlete

Whether it’s planes, trains or automobiles, eating healthy on the go is never easy. Out of sheer convenience, you’re often going to reach for the first thing you can get your hands on. Why does it have to be so hard? It doesn’t!

Updated: November 20, 2015 - 12:48 pm
What to do when friends and family don't support your healthy habits

It can be hard to stay focused on losing those 20 pounds by eating broccoli and going to kickboxing class most days of the week while your husband eats Doritos for dinner.

Updated: November 10, 2015 - 9:58 am
Finding the right fit key to minimizing cycling discomfort

Many of the common complaints about cycling – such as saddle discomfort, hand numbness and back pain – can be alleviated with a proper bike fit.

Posted: October 22, 2015
They're not just for carving; how to cook with nutrient-rich pumpkin

You’ve heard that brightly colored fruits and vegetables have loads of nutrients, and pumpkin is no exception.

Updated: November 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm
5 myths about the flu shot

There are a lot of myths about vaccinations, and we need to set the record straight when it comes to the five most common.

Updated: October 23, 2015 - 2:39 pm

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