Preventing diabetes is goal of BCBSNE wellness grant

Liberty Centre Services of Norfolk, Nebraska is implementing a Color Your Recovery diabetes prevention and education initiative with the help of a $15,000 wellness grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).

The grant will be presented to Liberty Centre representatives, 9 a.m., Saturday, September 12th at 900 East Norfolk Avenue, Norfolk, NE., just before the Color Your Recovery 5K walk/run begins.

The risk of type 2 diabetes is four times as probable among those suffering from mental illness and their life expectancy is 25 years less than most Nebraskans.

“In the past, the physical health needs of those with mental illness have largely been ignored, creating significant health disparities,” Marjorie Maas, BCBSNE Community Engagement director said. “We hope our grant will improve quality of life.”

Liberty Centre serves individuals age 19 and older recovering from mental illness in an 11-county area of northeast Nebraska.  Consumers of Liberty’s services will be offered blood glucose monitoring, nutrition education with cooking demonstrations and menu preparation.  There will also be wellness events to increase physical activity in collaboration with area pharmacies, medical professionals, nutritionists, wellness organizations, and the local hospital. 

BCBSNE’s wellness grant program 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 worksite wellness programs.



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