Health and Safety Expo coming to Aksarben Village Friday, Sept. 11

The public is invited to attend Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s 2015 Health and Safety Expo Friday, September 11, at our headquarters in Aksarben Village, Omaha, NE.

The Expo has a “Thank a Hero. Be a Hero” theme to encourage people to thank a local hero (fire and rescue, police, EMTs, nurses, doctors and the military) and be a hero by improving personal health and wellness.

The event is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the BCBSNE parking garage (ground level).

More than 70 local organizations will be offering information on a wide variety of wellness topics. There will be simulators, games, demonstrations and challenges for all ages.

The event will feature:

  • Distracted driving simulator and game
  • Body fat testing
  • Nutrition game
  • Survey/s of nervous system
  • CPR course registration and demo of CPR skills
  • Fire extinguisher demo
  • Sugar guessing game
  • Interactive health and wellness bingo
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Grip strength testing
  • Balance testing
  • Standing gait analysis
  • Push-Up challenge
  • Pedometer step challenge
  • Boxing machine
  • High-rise ‘strong-man’ machine

BCBSNE supports health and wellness initiatives across Nebraska.  The Expo is a part of our mission to deliver the health and wellness solutions Nebraskans value the most.



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