Blogs

Our bloggers are fitness instructors, runners, bikers, professors, therapists, recreationists, psychologists, nutritionists, parents and, overall, members of our community. Check back often for new posts and leave a comment to engage in the conversation.

July 3, 2018

A lifetime of discovery starts this July

by Ture Nycum Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great places and things happening in the Grand Valley.  Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month, and we encourage everyone to get out and explore your local […]
June 26, 2018

Diversity and Connectedness

by Jill  Shenkel Henwood Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion di·ver·si·ty / dəˈvərsədē the state of being diverse; variety. “There was considerable diversity in the style of the “ a range of different things. con·nect·ed·ness / kəˈnektədnəs the state of being joined or linked. […]
June 19, 2018

Vaping – what you can’t see can hurt you

by Anne Nederveld My oldest child is starting high school in the fall, and so naturally I am beginning to think about things that she’ll face in this new environment. I‘ve recently heard a lot about vaping at area high schools, and specifically about “Juuling.” As a health care provider, […]
June 12, 2018

Why care about child care?

by Holly Jacobson, Council Coordinator, Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families As many of us can relate, having a baby is one of the most magical times in our lives.  There is euphoria that resonates from an inexplicable place where all is well in the world.  It’s a time […]
June 6, 2018

Caring for Carol-Lynn

by Meredith Gardner and Jody Wygans Have you ever felt all alone in this world, as if no one quite understood your plight in life? I think most of us have moments where those dark thoughts creep in. But recently I have come to discover there’s a group of individuals […]
May 23, 2018

Family on the town – pedal powered trips with kids

by Orin Zyvan Most all of us have enjoyed a feeling of vitality while riding a bike. For myself, hearing my almost one-year-old chattering with delight from the bike trailer, or my three-year-old yell “watch me dad” as she shoots off on her strider bike, never fails to bring a […]
May 16, 2018

Wellness Programs – a key component to managing stress and improving quality of life

by Amy Weitzel It’s interesting how if someone were to go skiing, fall and break their leg, we would never expect them to stand back up and continue skiing down the hill. At work the next day, if their work productivity slowed, supervisors would be more understanding saying, “John fell […]
May 8, 2018

How to improve your health, help the planet, reduce taxes, save money, and not get hurt

by David Lehmann One of Mesa County’s greatest and most underappreciated natural resources is its bikeability.  We’ve got mild weather much of the year and our mostly level terrain in the valley makes it relatively easy to get around by bicycle.  So why don’t more people bike?  That’s been a […]
May 1, 2018

A letter to myself: What I wish I knew about breastfeeding as a new mom

by Lindsay Maurer Congratulations!  You’re having a baby!  I’m sure you’ve prepared for everything.  You have the best crib, the safest car seat, the tiny clothes and the cutest diaper bag.  You’ve likely made a decision on how you plan to feed your baby and regardless of your choice I’m […]
April 25, 2018

Responsibility & Intentionality

Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion re·spon·si·bil·i·ty rəˌspänsəˈbilədē/ able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected or required doing the things we are supposed to do and accepting the positive or negative outcome of our […]
April 17, 2018
Amy Weitzel

Sexual harassment in the workplace

by Amy Weitzel Through my job at Triad Employee Assistance Program, I give workplace trainings on sexual harassment prevention. The presentation goes over the Equal Opportunity Employment definition of harassment specifically when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. But the training also delves into creating a culture where […]
April 10, 2018

The FYI about FYI

by Katie Smith Imagine for a moment babies being born today. Imagine their parents holding them for the first time. Now watch them grow as toddlers…now they’re in elementary school…now as teens…heading off to college… and finally as adults in our community, perhaps starting families of their own. These once […]
March 22, 2018

Get outside on the West Slope Best Slope

by Sarah Johnson Around this time of year, most of us are typically itching to get outside. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and it feels as if we’re emerging from a long housebound hibernation. This year, though, “winter” barely made an appearance. I’m hoping the winter of […]
March 14, 2018

Making mental health a priority in college

by Merritt Hays As a college student, it is easy to feel like a walking statistic when it comes to mental health. There is a plethora of resources on campus and off, overflowing with people who truly want you to succeed. It is also easy to become a victim of […]
March 6, 2018

How Girls on the Run impacts girls and communities

by Jill Shenkel Henwood Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion I am surrounded by girls – I have three daughters, two dogs and three cats – all female, and I run Girls on the Run – an organization that works with girls and has […]