Sen. Ebke to Hold Townhall March 11

Join 32nd District Sen. Laura Ebke for a Townhall Meeting on Saturday, March 11.

The forum will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Large Conference Room at Jefferson Community Health & Life, 2200 H St., Fairbury.

This is a great opportunity to visit with the senator, find out what is the legislature is working on, and share your thoughts and ideas.

The informal session is free and open to the public.

High School Students Get Hands-On Experience

Thirty-two excited (and maybe slightly nervous) high school students tried their hand at suturing and giving shots to oranges, taking blood pressures, and taking blood samples on Tuesday at the Southeast Community College Career Academy event at Jefferson Community Health & Life in Fairbury on Tuesday.

“We are always pleased for opportunities for Health Career Academy students to learn about the many health care careers, and have the opportunity to try hands-on activities,” said Adam Niederklein, SCC Career Academy Coordinator for the Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership (SENCAP.)

While at JCH&L, students tried health care techniques themselves, and also learned about doing body composition analysis and other fitness skills; had a tour of the facility; learned about a range of health care careers; and learned the importance of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology.

SENCAP is a partnership between Southeast Community College and 38 school districts, offering high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in college level courses in fields in their area of interest: agriculture, business, criminal justice, education, health sciences, information technology, and manufacturing. Besides taking dual credit high school/college courses, the students have the opportunity to explore their career in a hands-on approach through job shadowing, field trips, professional speakers and annual events highlighting resume building, mock interviews and other career-related activities.

Jefferson Community Health & Life has worked with the SENCAP program in a variety of ways, including career exploration, tours, and shadowing. On Tuesday, they hosted 32 students and 3 educators from Fairbury, Fillmore Central, Thayer Central, Bruning-Davenport, Shickley, Norris and Meridian.

“This is a partnership which benefits not only the students, but also our community, as it encourages young people to consider career opportunities in health care,” said Lana Likens, JCH&L director of public relations.

Brush Up Driving Skills: AARP Smart Driver Course

Jefferson Community Health & Life Sterling Connection will offer the AARP Smart Driving Course on Thursday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the JCH&L conference room. Participants may bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch in the JCH&L cafeteria.

Traffic statistics show that older adults overall are safe drivers with good driving records. However, medical conditions, certain medications and age-related changes in physical and mental function can increase the risk of crashes and injury among older drivers. It is critically important that older drivers make driving safely a personal priority. AARP Driver Safety is committed to helping Americans 50 and older sustain mobility and safety as they age.

The four-hour research based course is offered by JCH&L Sterling Connection. Membership is not required in Sterling Connection or AARP. AARP members get a discount and must bring their AARP card to class. All participants must bring their driver’s license to class.

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-AARP members. Pre-registration is required by March 16. To register please call Lana Likens at (402) 729-6855.

Youth Swim Offered by Burkley Fitness Center

Jefferson Community Health & Life Burkley Fitness Center will offer a youth swim event on Friday, Feb. 17, for youth in grades 1 through 6.

The lifeguarded swim gives youth the opportunity to swim from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. without a parent or guardian present. The event is free for members, and $3 per youth for non-members.

Registration is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling the Burkey Fitness Center at (402) 729-6139.

Support Heart Health with Hearts on Fire Event

Jefferson Community Health & Life Burkley Fitness Center will hold the first-ever Hearts on Fire Run/Walk or Bike as a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Participants may choose a 1-mile or a 2-mile route, and may run, walk or bike. Registration is $20, and participants are encouraged to also collect pledges for the American Heart Association. Registration forms and pledge forms are available at Burkley Fitness Center, or on our website at

On the day of the event, registration starts at 10 a.m. inside the JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center. The run/walk/bike will begin at 10:30 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Burkley Fitness Center.

For more information, contact the Burkley Fitness Center at (402) 729-6139.

February Health Today Features Vitamin D

FAIRBURY – Join us for the February Health Today session: “The Sunshine Vitamin: Vitamin D,” by Lisa Edeal, RDN, LMNT. The program will help participants understand why Vitamin D is important to their health.

The February session will be held at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Large Conference Room at Jefferson Community Health & Life.

Health Today is a free monthly health education session offered by Jefferson Community Health & Life in a lunch-time session. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, or are welcome to purchase lunch in the JCHC cafeteria, which is located near the Conference Rooms.

JCH&L works with a wide variety of professionals who will be bringing educational programs on health-related topics each month. Please note that the day of the week for the session may change because of presenter schedules.

Reservations are not required. The program is FREE. The only cost for participants would be their lunch, if they choose to purchase it. Participants are also welcome to carry in their lunch.

Anyone who would like to be on a mailing list to directly receive notices about the monthly sessions or anyone with questions about the program should contact Likens at (402) 729-6855.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group to Meet Feb. 28

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Monday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Small Conference Room.

The program will be a webinar, “Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s.” This training from the Alzheimer’s Association answers many questions a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (and their family members and caregivers) may have. How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? This three-part program will help navigate this chapter of your life.

Easiest access will be by parking in the H Street parking and entering through the JCHC Main Entrance. Follow the lobby signage to “Hospital.” The meeting rooms will be to the left. The Small Conference Room is the second door.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group meets monthly. It is open to those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, their caregivers and family members.

The group is designed to provide an opportunity anyone interested to share their experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease. There is no cost, and no pre-registration.

For more information, contact Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health & Life at (402)-729-3351.