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Episode 45 ~ FINAL EPISODE
Aired 7/15/09
MP3 Living Your Best Life (length 52:58)
Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Kathy Ward join conversations show host Bryan Odell to recap the entire season of Conversations for a Healthy Life, and get the inside scoop on what happens behind the scenes at Nebraska Health and Human Services.  Have you ever wondered how Nebraska responds to a pandemic like the Swine Flu?  What precautions can you take in your everyday life to protect your health?  And as Conversations for a Healthy Life comes to a close, tune in as Kathy Ward tests the knowledge of your host Bryan Odell, as a special treat to our listeners.  Relive the highlights, humor, and lessons one last time as we say goodbye to the program.  Join us for the season finale of Conversations for a Healthy Life!
Episode 44
Aired 7/8/09
MP3 Being Healthy and Prepared for Stages of Life (length 40:36)
Katie Brandert and Brenda Thompson from UNMC join Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a discussion on how to be healthy during all stages of life so that you can be prepared for what life puts on your path.  No matter whether you are planning to have a baby or not, it makes sense to be the healthiest you can be.  Starting a pregnancy in your best health and with a solid life plan pays tremendous dividends for you and your baby throughout both your lives.  Partners and family members also have big roles to play in providing support and in being healthy themselves.  Katie and Brenda give some great tips on how to prepare for pregnancy, and general advice on where to turn for help.  All of this and more in this week’s episode!
Episode 43
Aired 7/1/09
MP3 A Better You Program (length 26:17)
Dr. Shirley Huerter, cardiologist, Jeanine Mimick with Alegent Health Heart & Vascular Institute, and Jayme George Sandberg, American Heart Association communications director, join Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a heart-felt discussion on the American Heart Association’s new “heart makeover program” called Go Red BetterU. Although largely preventable, heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., but studies show us that by making the right lifestyle choices, we can prevent up to 80 percent of heart disease. In this week’s episode, find out some answers to common heart health questions and how you can become a BetterU.
Episode 42
Aired 6/24/09
MP3 Cornhusker State Games (length 43:11)
Dave Mlnarik (Executive Director of the Nebraska Sports Counsel) joins Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a fun filled discussion on the Cornhusker State Games!  Did you know that every year, thousands of athletes and fans participate in this great event?  They compete in everything from basketball and soccer to gymnastics and water skiing.  On top of that, there’s food, entertainment, and special events that everyone in the family can participate in!   Get all of the details for this amazing event in this week’s episode!
Episode 41
Aired 6/17/09
MP3 Men’s Health (length 44:53)   RERUN of Episode 20
Dr. Rob Rhodes joins Bryan Odell, Conversations Radio Show Host & Producer to talk about the touchy subject of Men’s Health.  Did you know that Men’s Life expectancy is eight years shorter than women’s? Men are also less likely to get routine physicals then their female counterparts.  Find out why this problem exists, what is being done to curb the trend, and why routine checkups are so important.   It could save your life, and a little money in the long run too!  All of that and more on this week’s show.
Episode 40
Aired 6/10/09
MP3 What You Need to Know About CPR/First Aid (length 38:46)
Carol Gupton (Education Coordinator Omaha Fire Department) join Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a life saving discussion on CPR.  What if one day your father had a heart attack?   Your child stopped breathing?  Or a stranger at the pool began to drown?   Would you know what to do?  In a situation like this, every minute counts.   CPR can be crucial in saving someone’s life.  It can also extend a person’s window of opportunity until paramedics can arrive.  Live with the confidence of knowing you have the skills to make a difference during an emergency.  Find out everything you need to know about CPR and more in this week’s episode!
Episode 39
Aired 6/3/09
MP3 Cancer Prevention (length 42:08)
Jenny Muir and Kate Oelke-Turner from the American Cancer Society join Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a special program on cancer.  Did you know that the American Cancer Society offers free programs, support and guidance to victims of cancer?  Thousands of Americans are diagnosed with life threatening cancer every year.  But through nonprofit organizations like the American Cancer Society, patients have the support that they need to fight the disease.   Find out about the great fundraising events coming up this summer, and learn how you can get involved in the fight against cancer.   Remember that every volunteer and dollar donated makes a difference.

Episode 38
Aired 5/27/09

MP3 Tobacco Free Nebraska (length 44:18) RERUN of Episode 10

Tobacco Free Nebraska staff join Cathy Dillon, EWM Lifestyle Interventionist and Bryan Odell, Conversations Radio Show Consultant to talk about efforts being made across the state in regards to tobacco awareness.  Judy Martin, Program Director, Shirley Deethardt, Health Educator and Rick Helms, Tobacco Treatment Specialist with Creighton talk about programs available across Nebraska that assist people in quitting tobacco, long and short term effects of smoking to both the smoker and nonsmoker, statistics across Nebraska and the Nation as a whole.  The group discusses challenges and benefits of quitting and the process one goes through as they go through particular programs.


Episode 37
Aired 5/20/09

MP3 The Great Outdoors (length 43:27)

Physical activity coordinator Brian Coyle, Nebraska Parks and Rec Commission President Tracey Stratman, and Tim Montgomery from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission join Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a closer look at The Great Park Pursuit. Did you know that right here in Nebraska, there are dozens of parks with great outdoor activities? Mountain biking, kayaking, camping and even water parks are just a few of the exciting opportunities. Also discussed in this week’s episode are the benefits of physical exercise, and information on why it’s important for everyone to get outside and enjoy what Nebraska has to offer. Plus special prizes for those who participate. Find out all of the details in this week’s episode!


Episode 36
Aired 5/13/09

MP3 Power to End Stroke (length 49:09)

Stroke survivors Donnis Ahrens, Jayme Sandberg (American Heart Association) and Wayne Houston (UNMC) join Conversations show host Bryan Odell for an important discussion on strokes. Imagine waking up one morning unable to drive yourself to work, or struggling to get yourself dressed. What would you do? Did you know these could be signs of a stroke? Donnis Ahrens tells her incredible survivor story, and gives insight into why stroke symptoms can often be overlooked or even completely ignored. Find out the crucial information you need to know to recognize and fight this life threatening condition.


Episode 35
Aired 5/6/09

MP3 Living Through the Ages (length 47:02)

Kathy Ward and Conversations show host Bryan Odell welcome back Sharon Cheney for a fun filled discussion on living through the ages! Do you ever wake up stressed out, angry or confused about where your life is going? Unfortunately, we all know life isn’t always easy. And the many life changes and challenges we face as we grow older don’t make it any easier. Luckily for us, Sharon has some great advice on how to make the most of life through everyday tips we can all use. And be forewarned, lots of laughter is involved! All of this and more in this week’s episode.


Episode 34
Aired 4/29/09
MP3 Sun Safety – Skin Cancer (length 37:29)

Jennifer M. Dunavan, MS, RD with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Dermatologist Dr. David Watts joins Conversations show host Bryan Odell for an eye opening discussion on Skin Cancer.   Did you know that there are two types of skin cancer? Melanoma, the more dangerous of the two, is one of the most deadly forms of cancer in the world.  Skin cancer rates are also growing at alarming rates all over the United States.  So what are the symptoms?  When do you need to get a strange lump or mole looked at by a doctor?   And what can you do to protect your skin?  Find the answers to all of these questions and more in this week’s episode.


Episode 33
Aired 4/22/09
MP3 Sleep and Stress (length 47:35)

Troy Stentz (OperationsManagerSomnosSleepDisorderCenter) joins Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a discussion on a fascinating topic – Sleep.  Sleep is essential to a healthy life, yet it often takes a backseat to our busy and fast paced lives.  But did you know that sleeping can help you fight disease, keep you being mentally awake, and physically prepare you for the day?  What is the secret to getting enough sleep?  How much sleep do you actually need?  And what do you do if you are having trouble getting enough sleep?   Find out in this week’s episode.


Episode 32
Aired 4/15/09

MP3 Balancing Work and Life (length 49:27) (RERUN of Episode 18)

Dave Dechant, Organizational Services Consultant from Best Care EAP, joins Conversations Radio Show Consultant Bryan Odell to talk about how to balance a busy career with the commitments of family and friends.   Dave also talks about how to spend more time and energy on your top priorities, while taking care of yourself and having a vision for your future.


Episode 31
Aired 4/8/09

MP3 Health Disparities (length 43:09)

Steve Jackson, Ryan White Program Manager and Program Analyst Bryan Rettig, both from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, join Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a discussion on minority health.  Did you know that minorities sometimes face unique difficulties and challenges when dealing with the American healthcare system?  Language and cultural barriers can make the situation confusing for both sides.  And other problems can sometimes emerge as well.  Find out what the problem is, and what potential solutions exist to make our healthcare system run smoother for everyone.  The goal is to give everyone access to the healthcare that they need.  All of this and more in this week’s episode.


Episode 30
Aired 4/1/09

MP3 Addictions (length 44:25)

Nebraska Health and Human Services’ Jeff Armitage, Substance Abuse Epidemiologist and Dave Palm, Administrator of Community Health Development, join Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a shocking discussion on binge drinking.  Did you know that Nebraska has one of the highest binge drinking rates in the country?  And surprisingly, the problem is not just limited to students and young people.  It is a real issue for many Americans, especially here in Nebraska.   So what are the risks?  Why do people do it?  And most importantly, is there a solution to this problem?  Find out the answer to all of these questions, and learn how you can get involved to make a difference in this week’s episode.


Episode 29
Aired 3/25/09

MP3 Nutrition:  Fruits and Vegetables (length 45:23)

Holly Dingman (Nutrition Coordinator DHHS) and Alice Henneman (UNL Extension Educator) rejoin Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a fun filled discussion on fruits and vegetables!  Did you know that on average, Americans waste 14% of the food that they buy?  And while multivitamins are great, experts say they can’t give you all of the nutrients that you need.  Find out the secret to keeping your food fresh and delicious, and discover unique ways to get the healthy servings you need.  As an added bonus, listen to Holly and Alice grill Bryan to find out whether or not he’s really getting the fruits and vegetables that he needs.  Find all of this and much more in this week’s episode!


Episode 28
Aired 3/18/09

MP3 Diabetes: What you should know! (length 40:12)
This week we our joined by Kathy Goddard (Diabetes Program Manager DHHS) and Jane Green (Diabetes Nurse Coordinator DHHS) for a fascinating discussion with show host Bryan Odell on Diabetes.   Did you know that there are two distinct types of diabetes?  Millions of Americans are already affected by the disease, and thousands more are diagnosed every year.  But with treatment and healthy lifestyle changes, diabetes is very treatable.  Find out what we can all learn from those who live everyday with the disease, and what steps you can take to prevent it.   All of this and more in this week’s episode!

Episode 27
Aired 3/11/09

MP3 Parkinson’s Disease in Nebraska (length 47:24)
Lisa Brovold (Coordinator for Parkinson’s InformationCenter) joins Conversations show host Bryan Odell for an in depth discussion on Parkinson ’s disease.  You have probably seen Parkinson’s destructive effect on celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Mohamed Ali.  Find out what causes Parkinson’s, the signs and symptoms (such as involuntary shaking), and how new medicine has changed the way we are treating it.  Also discussed in this week’s episode are ways to get involved in supporting the fight against Parkinson’s, and firsthand stories of how patients have fought the disease to regain control of their lives.  All of this and more in this week’s episode!
Episode 26
Aired 3/4/09
MP3 Colon Cancer (length 45:19) (RERUN of Episode 11)
Dr. Alan Thorson, Colorectal Cancer Surgeon and Melissa Leypoldt, EWM Program Director talk in depth about colon cancer screening and treatment. Joining them is All American Quarterback from 1971, Jerry Tagge and Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Rodgers. Jerry and Johnny talk about their involvement in the Stay In the Game campaign that has been launched across Nebraska emphasizing the importance of getting screened if you’re over the age of 50.

Episode 25
Aired 2/25/09

MP3 Heart & Soul: An Evening for Women to Put Their Health First (length 42:01)

Valda Ford (CEO and Founder of the Center for Human Diversity) joins Conversations show host Bryan Odell for an in depth discussion on Heart Disease.  Did you know many minorities are at a greater risk for heart disease then their Caucasian counterparts?  We will go in depth to find out why this is, and how we can address the problem.  Also discussed in this week’s episode is the Heart and Soul Red Dress Dinner.  This event is a special opportunity for women to get VIP limo treatment, luxurious massages, and dine with delicious food.   All while increasing heart health awareness in the community.  Find out all of the details in this week’s episode!


Episode 24
Aired 2/18/09

MP3 Heart Disease: Knowing the Signs & Symptoms Can Save Your Life (length 42:24)

Meet Linda Robinson Rutz, a heart attack survivor brave enough to share her story on Conversations for a Healthy Life.  Linda joins Jaime Hahn, Jayme George, and show host Bryan Odell to take us back to the day she suffered a heart attack.   Did you know that symptoms like shortness of breath, slight aches, and mild pain can be symptoms of a heart attack?  Even healthy people who eat nutritious food and exercise regularly can be at risk.  Find out the warning signs, symptoms, and what you can do to fight off America’s number one killer.

Episode 23
Aired 2/11/09

MP3 Love Your Heart: Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference (length 46:59)

This week we our joined by Julie Grant, the 2008 Lincoln Start! Lifestyle Change Award Winner. She joins Conversations show host Bryan Odell to talk about her story.   Julie has been able to change her entire lifestyle to lose weight, exercise, eat healthier, and improve her quality of life.  And as she will tell you, if she can do it – then so can you!  Find out her secret to success, and how you can follow in her footsteps to improve your quality of life as well.  Remember, big changes begin with small changes.  Check out all of this and more in this week’s episode.


Episode 22
Aired 2/04/09
MP3 Love Your Heart: February is Heart Month (length: 40:53)

Jaime Hahn (Program Manager for the Cardiovascular Health and Nutrition Program) and Jayme George (Communications Director for the American Heart Association) join Conversations show host Bryan Odell for a fascinating discussion on Heart Disease.  Did you know heart attacks are the number one killer of Americans and Nebraskans every year?  Heart disease is also the number one killer of women across the United States, topping even Breast Cancer.  Find out the secret to a heart healthy lifestyle, and how you can get involved.  And don’t forget to celebrate National Heart Month in February by wearing red!


Episode 21

Aired 1/28/09

MP3 How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference (length 46:28)  (RERUN of Episode 15)

Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in LancasterCounty joins Bryan Odell, Conversations Radio Show Consultant and Cathy Dillon, EWM Lifestyle Interventionists to talk about How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference.  Alice talks this week about how tiny tastes and samples of food can total BIG calories, how you can save money when you go shopping for groceries by making small changes, and fun ways on how to add a little extra physical activity to your life.  The show also discusses 12 easy ways to eat 100 less calories per day.   


Episode 20

Aired 1/21/09

MP3 Men’s Health (length 44:53)

Dr. Rob Rhodes joins Bryan Odell, Conversations Radio Show Host & Producer to talk about the touchy subject of Men’s Health.   Did you know that Men’s Life expectancy is eight years shorter than women’s? Men are also less likely to get routine physicals then their female counterparts.   Find out why this problem exists, what is being done to curb the trend, and why routine checkups are so important.    It could save your life, and a little money in the long run too!   All of that and more on this week’s show.

Episode 19

Aired 1/14/09

MP3 Depression (length 47:34)

Bill Reay, PhD and Susan Feyen, LCSW from Omni Behavioral Health join Bryan Odell, Conversations Radio Show Host & Producer to talk and learn more about the infamous Winter Blues (SAD).   Did you know that S.A.D. can make you sleepier, more prone to hunger, and cause seasonal depression?   What are some other symptoms?   What causes it and how can it be treated?   All of that and more in this week’s episode!  


Episode 18

Aired 1/7/09

MP3 Balancing Work and Life (length 49:27)
Dave Dechant, Organizational Services Consultant from Best Care EAP, joins Conversations Radio Show Consultant Bryan Odell to talk about how to balance a busy career with the commitments of family and friends.  Dave also talks about how to spend more time and energy on your top priorities, while taking care of yourself and having a vision for your future.  

Episode 17

Aired 12/31/08

MP3 Goals and Resolutions (length 43:39)

Dave Dechant, Organizational Services Consultant from Best Care EAP, joins Conversations Radio Show Consultant Bryan Odell to talk about setting goals to achieve personal success.   Dave gives you a four step guide to setting realistic and achievable goals.   He also talks about how to supercharge those goals for lifelong success, helping you to achieve your dreams.


Episode 16

Aired 12/24/08

MP3 Every Woman Matters (length 43:33)  (RERUN of Episode 2)
Every Woman Matters is a program designed to help women get women’s health checkups that are important. The program is for women 40 through 64 years of age, who have limited or no health insurance, and have a low or medium income. Melissa Leypoldt, RN, Program Director, Michelle Heffelfinger, Program Coordinator and Tracey Bonneau, Marketing Coordinator discuss the program and services.  

Episode 15

Aired 12/17/08

MP3 How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference (length 46:28)

Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in LancasterCounty joins Bryan Odell, Conversations Radio Show Consultant and Cathy Dillon, EWM Lifestyle Interventionists to talk about How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference.   Alice talks this week about how tiny tastes and samples of food can total BIG calories, how you can save money when you go shopping for groceries by making small changes, and fun ways on how to add a little extra physical activity to your life.   The show also discusses 12 easy ways to eat 100 less calories per day.  


Episode 14
Aired 12/10/08
MP3 Health and Humor ( length 48:40)
In this show, Sharon Cheney, Chief Fun Officer of Cheney Associates gives listeners practical tips on how to use humor in everyday life.   When a person smiles, they are more confident, kind, gracious and authentic.   Research has shown that if someone has laughter and humor in their life that perceptions of pain are different than those that don’t have laughter and humor in their life.   Kathy Ward, Office of Women’s and Men’s Health Administrator, Bryan Odell, Conversations Radio Show Consultant join in on this fun and light hearted conversation.
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Episode 13
Aired 12/03/08
MP3 Stress and the Holidays (length 47:32)
Bill Reay, PhD and Susan Feyen, LCSW, both from Omni Behavioral Health talks this week with Tracey Bonneau, Marketing Coordinator about being stressed out around the holiday times. Everything is discussed from relationships with family members you like or dislike, too much togetherness, prioritizing demands, creating traditions, too many expectations, finances, and depression. The differences between men and women are also discussed in how they respond to stress and what they may struggle with that is different from each other. Resolutions for the new year is also touched upon.
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Episode 12
Aired 11/26/08
MP3 Mindless Eating (length 51:42)
Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County joins Kathy Ward, Office of Women’s and Men’s Health Administrator, Bryan Odell, Conversations Radio Show Consultant and Cathy Dillon, EWM Lifestyle Interventionists to talk about Mindless Eating. Did you know that people tend to make over 200 choices a day dealing with food? Alice talks about great ideas that we can start incorporating into life right away, such as switching to smaller plates and glasses and being creative with what you name a food so that your children will eat it (Green Trees vs. Broccoli). Check out a great resource at: www.mindlesseating.org
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Episode 11
Aired 11/19/08
MP3 Colon Cancer (length 45:19)
Dr. Alan Thorson, Colorectal Cancer Surgeon and Melissa Leypoldt, EWM Program Director talk in depth about colon cancer screening and treatment. Joining them is All American Quarterback from 1971, Jerry Tagge and Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Rodgers. Jerry and Johnny talk about their involvement in the Stay In the Game campaign that has been launched across Nebraska emphasizing the importance of getting screened if you’re over the age of 50.

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