A new report on county health rankings in Nebraska shows Douglas County’s STD rate and percent of children living in poverty are on the rise.
The County Health Rankings report was discussed at this week’s Board of Health Meeting. Douglas County had 540 reported STD cases per 100,000 population, according to the 2012 rankings. The percent of children living in poverty climbed from 15 percent to 21 percent.
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.
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.