Donate Life Nebraska is inviting everyone to link hands on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge on Saturday to celebrate national Donate Life Month.
Joey Hoffman, Spokesperson for Donate Life Nebraska, says in 18 people die in America each day due to a lack of donor organs. She says Donate Life Nebraska is joining the national campaign to sign up 20 million organ donors in 2012. Hoffman says becoming a donor because is one of the only opportunities you’ll have in your lifetime to save someone else’s life.
A forum Wednesday in Papillion focuses on the health care needs of veterans.
The veterans’ focus group is one of 25 such meetings the American Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force is holding throughout the U.S. At each location, they’re talking with veterans about the quality of health care they’re receiving, and if it meets their needs.
Increased productivity and decreased absenteeism are just two of the benefits for employers that create a culture of health and wellness.
Rebecca Vinton Dorn is Executive Director for Wellness Council of the Midlands. WELCOM sponsors an annual awards lunch honoring metro area companies for their efforts in promoting worksite wellness. This year’s lunch will honor eight companies.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on President Obama’s health care overhaul law.
Justices heard three days of arguments from the U.S. Solicitor General and from Attorneys General who sued to have the health care law thrown out. 26 states, including Nebraska, are part of the lawsuit.
An estimated three of every 100 cases of colon cancer are the result of a hereditary genetic condition called Lynch Syndrome.
Thursday is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. It’s named for Dr. Henry Lynch, the Director of Creighton University’s Hereditary Cancer Center. He discovered the genetic condition, which is passed down through generations. People with Lynch Syndrome are at increased risk of colon and other types of cancer.
Sheri Bowen is the Agency Administrator for the Mills County Public Health Department. She says Iowa is fifth in the nation when it comes to percentage of late stage colon cancer diagnoses.
Bowen says when colon cancer is caught in an early stage, it’s 90% treatable. Currently 64% of Iowans over the age of 50 have been screened. Bowen says the Iowa Get Screened Colorectal Cancer Program wants to increase that to 80% by 2014.