Scottsbluff’s Cirrus House kicks off wellness program with BCBSNE grant

The residents and staff of Scottsbluff’s Cirrus House are using a new wellness program to change eating behaviors, fitness and improve mental wellness with the help of a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) wellness grant.

The $4,900 grant will be presented to the Cirrus House on Thursday, August 27 at 10 a.m. (Mountain Time) 1509 1st Avenue, Scottsbluff, NE.

Cirrus House serves those living with mental illness.  Their lives are often cut short by preventable medical conditions; diabetes, heart disease and cancer.   The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports 95% of deaths are caused by these medical conditions.  To change their lifestyles and overcome economic roadblocks, the wellness program hopes to improve the results of a recent Health Risk Assessment (HRA). 

“We were impressed with the depth of the wellness program proposal and its ability to meet the needs of Cirrus House’s staff and residents,” Marjorie Maas, BCBSNE Community Engagement director said. 

Four wellness objectives will be measured over the course of a year:

  • Nutrition knowledge with monthly breakfasts, cooking classes, fitness sessions and nutrition challenges
  • Diabetes prevention plan with recipes and menu planning
  • Financial and stress management with classes for staff and members
  • Mentoring program to increase staff and member participation

The wellness program will kick off with a Live Strong Live Long wellness conference in the Panhandle.

BCBSNE’s wellness grant program is part of our larger community engagement strategy, which is designed to support health and wellness initiatives across the state. This year, BCBSNE provided funds to six programs, ranging from healthy meals to families in need to creating wellness programs for individuals with mental illnesses.



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