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.

September 19, 2017

Older, wiser, stronger

by Sarah Johnson This is me. And I’m not what I expected. This was taken on a spring afternoon when, after three days of skiing big mountains with high-speed lifts, my knees hurt and my muscles were sore. My legs were screaming their age, but I couldn’t have been happier. […]
September 12, 2017
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Parental Alienation – a growing epidemic

by Amy Weitzel I’m fully aware that this blog may ruffle a few feathers and, in all honesty, I may have responded negatively to this blog just a year ago. But within that time, I’ve become aware of an epidemic that is affecting divorced parents. It’s called Parental Alienation. I […]
September 6, 2017

Gearing up for mental health

by Sarah Johnson Not long ago I heard Stacy Bare talk about how rock climbing saved his life. Bare, a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has made a career of getting people outdoors through his expedition work with veterans, kids in poverty and others, was in Grand […]
August 29, 2017

Self + Care = Happy & Healthy

by Katie Goddeyne I’ve been focusing on self-care quite a bit lately. My best friend asked me to marry him on June 3, and things have been kind of a whirlwind ever since. Wedding planning is crazy and time-consuming and stressful and fun – so much fun – but it’s […]
August 23, 2017

Try Again

My family was recently introduced to French Macarons. I had seen them before in quaint pastry shops, but hadn’t tried them – they didn’t really look like food to me but rather like Christmas tree ornaments! Once we tried them and learned that they are made with almond flour, so […]
August 15, 2017

Back to school tips and tricks

by Healthy Mesa County Staff The chaos of back-to-school can be stressful and overwhelming.  Parents are trying to adjust schedules to meet drop-off, pick-up and practice times for kids; while students prep the first-day outfits, fill their backpacks, and fight off the first day of school jitters (jitters that seem […]
August 8, 2017

Summertime fun should be accessible to all

We hear it all the time: Living in Mesa County, we are surrounded by natural beauty and an abundance of outdoor activities. Additionally, the Valley is teeming with summertime program and camps for children and families. But often, many families are not able to participate in some of the more […]
July 25, 2017

Summer! A season for health.

by Lindsay Maurer When most of us think about summer, we think about outdoor fun, vacations, and a chance to kick back. We think barbecues, endless sunny days, and adventure!  Most of us don’t think fitness and clean eating – but we need to! So what can you do to […]
July 18, 2017

The Diabetes Prevention Program- making a difference in our community

by Emily Robertson Emily Robertson is the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at Mesa County Public Health. Emily graduated with her degree in Dietetics & Nutrition and found her passion working in community health. Some of her favorite activities include knitting, running, and exploring Colorado! The number of those affected by […]
July 11, 2017
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Someone else’s shoes

I find myself giving less credence to people who have Velcro rather than laces on their shoes. This could be the most ridiculous thought that has ever gone through my head. The man who was helping me pick out fertilizer seemed knowledgeable enough, yet here I was, standing in the […]
July 3, 2017

Operation: post grad and the pressures to adult

By Andi Goddeyne I graduated from Colorado Mesa University in May, and it was bittersweet, to say the least. However, this blog isn’t about the strange rollercoaster of emotions that comes when you close a chapter; it’s about the confusing start of the one that follows. After graduation, I woke […]
June 27, 2017

Grand Valley Bike Month

While the rest of the nation celebrates bicycling in May, June is Colorado Bike Month. Each year representatives from the private, public, and government sectors pull together to plan a month of free events and activities to promote and celebrate cycling. This year, I was given the responsibility of leading […]
June 14, 2017
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Why we need to stay connected

Social isolation, defined as “a state of complete or near-complete lack of contact between an individual and society,“ has been shown to be related to several serious health issues.  In fact, social isolation is related to early death at a similar level as smoking or obesity.  Click here for a […]
May 30, 2017

Activating our school space

Here at Clifton Elementary School, we too are sending an open invitation to the community to come and enjoy!  We couldn’t be more excited about the Activating Spaces grant provided through the County Health Department for our school!  With this grant, we are able to improve an old, unused field.  […]
May 24, 2017

Conscious water consumption

2,500 fifth grade students flooded the Colorado Mesa University campus, to participate in a two-day water festival May 15-16; sponging up information on water conservation, safety and so much more.  What was this festival?  The 24th Annual Western Colorado Children’s Water Festival! Western Colorado Children’s Water Festival is the largest […]