NET’s ‘Good, Healthy Life’ Series Examines Silent Killers

News Release Date: 
May 2, 2019

For Immediate Release
NET’s ‘Good, Healthy Life’ Series Examines Silent Killers

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 2, 2019) – Doctors call prediabetes and high blood pressure “silent killers” because they often strike with few or even no symptoms.

To help Nebraskans understand more about these two conditions, NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, offers expert guidance on the television series “Good, Healthy Life.” The May episode premieres in primetime on NET World at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 16.

Only 10 percent of adults living with prediabetes know they have it, and nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure and don’t know it. Both conditions make it more likely that patients will develop heart disease or suffer a stroke, but both can be managed with changes in diet, lifestyle and sometimes medication.

This episode of “Good, Healthy Life” will show how one Red Cloud, Neb., resident controls his diabetes and how the community of Hastings, Neb., is providing residents with tools to prevent diabetes and hypertension. Experts in the episode will also explain blood sugar and blood pressure readings – and how Nebraskans can prevent serious complications by working hard to stay healthy.

The “Good, Healthy Life” series is hosted by television anchor and medical reporter Melanie Dawkins. In May, the panel of health and wellness experts for the series include Dr. Robert Recker, a physician at Think Whole Person Healthcare in Omaha and Amber Pankonin, a registered dietitian and past president of the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“Good, Healthy Life” also airs on NET World at noon CT on Sunday, May 19.

New “Good, Healthy Life” episodes are produced to air each quarter of the year. As part of NET’s commitment to help educate Nebraskans on health care solutions, information from community organizations and experts is available anytime at

“Good, Healthy Life” is sponsored in part by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. 

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