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Posted on December 22, 2014

Kids in crisis often don’t have access to the most basic resources. Youth Emergency Services — also known as YES — provides crucial support to homeless and at-risk youth at several locations around Omaha. Every month, YES serves more than 600 meals at its downtown drop-in center, where kids in need can get basic hygiene […]

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Posted on December 22, 2014

When it comes to birthday treats, cupcakes are king. But with help from Partners for Healthy Schools, Conestoga Magnet School is suggesting a better way to celebrate. The school is encouraging students and parents to embrace a healthier mindset by steering away from sugar—and substituting treats that can be just as prized. Bringing good habits […]

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Posted on November 7, 2014

Like clockwork, at 2 p.m. students and educators at Indian Hill Elementary take a minute to move. The whole school pauses to do desk-side jumping jacks, toe-touches or trunk twists — whatever teacher-led activity each student can do to get their blood pumping. It’s called “Jammin’ Minute,” part of a bigger initiative at Indian Hill […]

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Posted on November 5, 2014

“We have to help the whole child to get them to learn academically,” says Eric Nelson, principal at Fontenelle Elementary. “That means looking for different ways to help our children, especially those who live in poverty areas.” His school has made what he calls “a big push” for wellness, thanks to support from Partners for […]

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Posted on September 19, 2014

Employees wanted to try it but were hesitant. Some admitted they never ate fruits and vegetables. Others worried they would waste weekly produce because they didn’t know how to incorporate it into their life. Nearly 75 employees at Blue Cross Blue Shield decided to sign up for the company’s first community supported agriculture program, or […]

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Posted on July 21, 2014

  With fresh fruit available in their office and scheduled wellness walks on Fridays, Dial Properties already has made healthy strides. With summer approaching, conversations with Partners for a Healthy City about implementing an additional policy to support local agriculture “planted the seed” to take things a step further. This year, they’ve become onsite gardeners. […]

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Posted on May 30, 2013

The Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) not only to help its employees make the healthy choice the easy choice at work, but for its residents to make the healthy choice at home as well. Healthy food and beverage options are an easy choice available for OHA employees. Water is available at all times and there are […]

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Posted on May 30, 2013

In collaboration with Live Well Omaha: Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work, school principal Eric Nelson embraces every opportunity to help facilitate a culture shift for students and staff at Fontenelle Elementary School. As a Partners for a Healthy City — and the first school to sign up — Nelson has made a commitment to […]

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Posted on May 30, 2013

Girls Inc., who recently joined Partners for a Healthy City, implemented an initiative to serve no sugar-sweetened beverages on any of their properties. “At first it was hard on staff, but we realize how much better it is for us,” said Carolyn Green, Director of Health Access for Girls Inc. “Now, we are used to […]

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Posted on May 6, 2013

Seldin Company and its employees held a “Save the Stairs” contest at their corporate office to promote health and wellness throughout the company. The contest was a friendly competition between two teams led by company executives to decorate the stairwells at the Seldin corporate office. Each team was assigned a stairwell and asked to come […]

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Posted on May 1, 2012

Traditions run deep in the Latino culture. From music to recipes to family, they’re the things that bring people together and create a sense of community. It’s some of those same traditions that can benefit from healthy changes, says Carolina Padilla, executive director of the Intercultural Senior Center in south Omaha. In 2008, she founded […]

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Posted on February 2, 2012

Join area college athletes, former Husker stand-outs, and local organizations and businesses for an afternoon of fun activities and great prizes at Get Your Family Movin’ Day. Saturday, February 18 11:00 am – 3:00 pm UNO School of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER) 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha Brought to you by UNO, City of […]

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Posted on September 13, 2011

Energy Plaza has always been an appropriate name for the headquarters of the Omaha Public Power District. Home to 650 employees, the downtown location is the hub for the customer-owned utility that serves nearly 350,000 people in southeast Nebraska.

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Posted on September 13, 2011

At 91 years old, Holy Cross Catholic Church is feeling pretty spry. That’s thanks to a congregation with a mix of young families and older generations—a blend that keeps this central Omaha parish young at heart. To promote healthy living among all its parishioners, as well as the community at large, Holy Cross joined Partners […]

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Posted on September 13, 2011

From pop to Spanish hip-hop, from salsa to merengue, you can hear the music pumping. Twice a week, there’s always a group moving to the beat in Katia Torosian’s Zumba class at One World Community Health Center. Patients, community members and staff all are welcome take part in the sessions held at the Livestock Exchange […]

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Posted on August 5, 2011

No one should be denied the opportunity to enjoy healthy food because they can’t afford it. That’s the driving force behind the Table Grace Café, a new nonprofit eatery in downtown Omaha. “Our goal is to feed everybody who walks through the door, regardless of their ability to pay,” says co-owner and chef Matt Weber. […]

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Posted on August 3, 2011

Answering the question, “What’s for dinner tonight” has gotten a little easier for employees of four Omaha companies. On Wednesdays this summer, they only have to venture out to the parking lot to pick up some groceries. Best of all, their ingredients have been plucked fresh from a local garden.

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Posted on June 28, 2011

The City of Omaha welcomes the first of its kind outdoor fitness area, opening in Elmwood Park on Wednesday, June 29. “The vision for the park is to encourage and promote healthy, active lifestyles for all age groups and levels of fitness by creating a safe, fun and functional atmosphere within the community,” said Michaela […]

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Posted on June 24, 2011

If asked, a majority of people would probably say they would like to improve their quality of life. This often includes the desire to eat better and exercise. A common phrase related to this is “I want to eat better,” or, “I’ve always wanted to run a 5K.” When told by people they “always wanted […]

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Posted on June 24, 2011

“To creatively influence life for the better through purpose-driven design” is the core purpose for Omaha’s RDG Planning & Design. And it’s a passion for people and their experiences in these designs that matters most to this team. Since 1965, RDG has been helping transform the culture of the city, region and nation through creative […]

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Posted on June 24, 2011

Four years ago, Brian Spencer had a wake-up moment. He was looking at photos from a family cruise when he saw that an unhealthy lifestyle had caught up with him. “They say the camera adds 10 pounds. There must have been eight cameras on me,” he jokes.

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Posted on June 24, 2011

When it comes to treating patients, the staff at UNMC Physicians knows there’s no such thing as one size fits all. At each of their 36 locations throughout the Omaha area, approximately 750 employees are engaged every day in promoting and participating in a healthy lifestyle. The clinics have access to several wellness activities as […]

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Posted on May 5, 2011

Each year, Live Well Omaha Kids, a community collaboration led by Live Well Omaha and Alegent Health, publishes a report on the impact of their programs on our community’s fight against childhood obesity. Year three’s report, recently released, shows encouraging accomplishments — an indication that the group’s plan is taking them — and us — […]

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Posted on May 5, 2011

For lots of companies, soda is the beverage of choice. That was the case at the Heartland Workers Center, an organization that helps promote leadership skills and civic participation for Latinos. Workers and visitors alike chose soda mostly out of habit, says Abbie Kretz, one of the center’s organizers. “We bought a lot of soda […]

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Posted on May 4, 2011

The City of Omaha, Douglas County Department of Health and Live Well Omaha have partnered to provide free bicycle parking for businesses throughout the city. If you are interested in bicycle parking for your organization, please contact your PHC Trainer or Laura Feyerherm (laura.feyerherm@boystown.org) for the form you will need to get started. Once your […]

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Posted on May 4, 2011

Rev. Ralph B. Lassiter, Pastor, Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Omaha, Nebraska and Doris Lassiter, Health Ministry Director Prior to our partnership with the Douglas County Live Well Omaha Initiative, Mount Moriah partnered with Alegent Health to do on-site vascular screenings. Screening were not only conducted of members of Mount Moriah but members of other churches […]

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Posted on April 5, 2011

Like many other cities, Omaha has become a community that relies on cars. And while this is a viable method of transportation, the health and happiness benefits of a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly lifestyle can no longer be ignored. Fortunately, the City of Omaha has developed new policy through a Transportation Master Plan (TMP) that provides […]

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Posted on April 5, 2011

Care for the Core Your core muscles are located in your abdominals and the lower back areas of your body. Keeping these muscles strong can help you in your everyday activities, like carrying car seats, getting groceries out of the car, or shoveling snow. A strong core can also help you improve your overall posture, […]

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Posted on March 25, 2011

Last week we talked about eating good carbs during the day to avoid the afternoon crash, but did not explain what good carbs are! Some popular fad diets call for the elimination of carbs in order to lose weight. While this may cause weight loss, it is an oversimplification of what leads to good health […]

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Posted on March 23, 2011

We all know the feeling. 2:00pm rolls around and we just want to crawl under the desk or go out to the car and sleep. Here are three tips that can help you avoid the afternoon crash and have energy to finish off the day.

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Posted on March 23, 2011

  The UNO Environmental Services team has an important job—to keep the buildings on campus looking and operating at their best. Twice a week, however, you can find several members of the group dedicated to another pursuit: staying well by walking.

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Posted on March 23, 2011

Take a peek in the oversize refrigerator in the employee lounge and you can tell SilverStone Group is serious about keeping workers healthy. The commercial-grade fridge is always stocked with plenty of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola bars and low-cal snack packs. Workplace desks are deemed a candy dish-free zone. Wednesdays are “special treat day,” when […]

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Posted on March 23, 2011

As manager of Qwest Center Omaha, the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority (MECA) is busy year-round preparing for events, both local and global. Each year, tens of thousands of people fill the Qwest Center arena for hockey games, basketball games, concerts and the annual shareholders meeting for Berkshire Hathaway.

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Posted on March 23, 2011

To be able to provide effective care, you need to take of yourself first. For Home Instead Senior Care, that means making wellness a priority for the 110 employees who work at the company headquarters in Omaha. The business was founded in 1994 and has built a network of 900 franchise offices around the world.

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Posted on February 16, 2011

Live Well Omaha: Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work is having a positive impact on many areas of our community. One of the most exciting early wins for the movement is through the Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Program. Led by Julie Harris of Activate Omaha, SRTS works with schools to educate students about — […]

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Posted on February 15, 2011

This is the time of year many people think about joining a gym in order to get in shape. There are many health club options, so you want to make sure you pick the right place that will help you accomplish your fitness goals.  One of the keys to starting and maintaining an exercise routine […]

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Posted on February 15, 2011

Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E .  Nuts are also high in plant sterols and fat – but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 fatty acids—good fats). These fats have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. […]

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Posted on February 7, 2011

Tax season can bring with it lots of stress, and especially for the accountants crunching all those numbers. Just ask the 120-member staff at Lutz & Company, PC. The Omaha-based CPA firm keeps a hectic schedule from January to April, with employees often working long hours and not always getting home for dinner or finding […]

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Posted on February 7, 2011

Our Partners for a Healthy City trainers have been very busy lately. Since beginning their efforts last fall, more than 90 Douglas County organizations have responded to invitations to join the movement and are creating policies to support healthy lifestyle choices among their employees, congregations and members. To see who has become a Partner as […]

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Posted on February 7, 2011

The international Ministerial Alliance of Omaha, the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Council and the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Wives Council of Nebraska have each endorsed the work of Live Well Omaha’s Partners for a Healthy City initiative. Their commitment to policies supporting healthy lifestyle choices will impact more than 4,000 area congregational members.

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Posted on February 6, 2011

As early adopters of healthy policies, Valmont Industries has paved the way for other companies looking for new ways to be well at work. And they’re definitely not resting on their laurels. Recently, the company introduced additional healthy options in their cafeteria, as part of their policy change with Partners for a Healthy Community.

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Posted on February 6, 2011

For a lot of places of worship, Sunday mornings include faith, fellowship and more than a few donuts for members and guests. That’s been the norm for The Water’s Edge, a congregation located in west Omaha. The usual fare included a spread of donuts, bagels, coffee and juice. But when the church heard about the […]

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Posted on February 4, 2011

To be able to provide the best kind of care, you need to take care of yourself first. At Village Pointe Pediatrics in west Omaha, seven physicians and 24 employees are putting that philosophy to work every day. Pay a visit to the office and you’ll see their good habits put into practice. Onsite exercise […]

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