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.

March 19, 2019

Colorado National Monument’s best spring hikes

by Johanna van Waveren Spring is my favorite time of the year to hike in Colorado National Monument. Picture waterfalls and streams flowing through red rock canyons that normally are as dry as, well, a desert. Keep your eyes peeled for the baby bighorn sheep shadowing their protective mothers. Bright […]
March 6, 2019

Recreation is Connection

by Troy Ward Recreation: noun 1. Refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like. 2. A pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment. Recreation is about experiencing connection. When we participate in recreation, our bodies are able to connect with something and disconnect from […]
February 5, 2019

Escaping Negative Love Cycles and Finding a Love that Nurtures

by Marti Montoya Only now, in mid-life and with scrappy knees from the relationship missteps, tumbles and crashes, do I count myself lucky in love.  With age can come wisdom … but I’m also a counselor, privileged to be a student of human behavior.  The tools of the trade are […]
January 10, 2019
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Financial wellness in the New Year

by Amy Weitzel More than 40% of all Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck and have difficulty meeting their household expenses each month, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study. The same study says more than 72% of American workers are highly impacted by student loans and 24% have pulled money out of their […]
December 18, 2018

Winter Wellness… How to stay active and healthy year round

by Callie Berkson There are several moments in a year, where as a parent you find yourself struggling with how to keep your kids active, healthy, engaged, and just plain… happy. When the weather outside is bleak, it’s hard to stay focused on ways to achieve this without breaking the […]
December 4, 2018

Surrender and shed, tips on surviving change

by Lindsay Maurer Some changes in life are forced on us. Aging is one.  Other changes are the result of choices we make to better our lives or accomplish goals we have set. Either way, change is challenging, and we always have a choice about how we will handle the […]
November 20, 2018

Connections, MCPH programs make our community healthier and safer

by Katie Nelson I’ve worked at Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) for three and a half years. During my time with this agency, I’ve learned more about public health than I ever knew existed. For instance there are more than 80 reportable conditions in public health – illnesses that are […]
November 14, 2018

Do yourself (and the community) some good

by Sarah Johnson Earlier this month, while stopped at a busy, downtown Grand Junction intersection, I saw two men pushing a beat-up old truck that had broken down in the middle of traffic.  The men, one in khakis and a tie, the other in a hoodie and jeans, didn’t seem […]
October 2, 2018

Joy & Optimisim

by Jill Shenkel Henwood Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion Joy – joi a feeling of great pleasure and happiness Optimism – op·ti·mism hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something I won a bet this weekend.  I am not a frequent gambler, […]
September 18, 2018

Connection is the cure

by Sarah Johnson At the last conference I went to for work, everyone ended up in tears. I think most of us saw it coming – this year’s Colorado Health Symposium theme, “Achieving Equity in Behavioral Health,” was all but guaranteed to make for some powerful and thought-provoking conversations about […]
September 4, 2018

HopeWest Kids Helps Grieving Children and Teens

by Nancy Lofholm Kylie Babeon first experienced grief when she was 9-years-old. Her grandmother had died after a lingering illness, and Babeon found the emotions related to that loss confusing and frightening. But Babeon had help navigating the uncharted territory of childhood grief when she became involved in HopeWest Kids, […]
August 28, 2018

College Daze

by Ivone Rodriguez If you’re currently a college student, then you know the struggle of buying overpriced textbooks and making payments on exponentially growing tuition fees. Once the school year gets rolling, expenses start to add up quickly, especially if you live off campus. Between paying your bills on time […]
August 21, 2018

Thank You for Being My Neighbor!

by Ellis Thompson-Ellis When you find yourself sticking your head in the deep freezer for relief from the heat, it’s time to go to the mountains. So I’m planning a trip. The only thing is many of our lovely mountains seem to be on fire right now – to the […]
August 7, 2018
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by Amy Weitzel I made potato salad today. It’s been awhile since I made potato salad. I get a lot of compliments on it and I have a secret ingredient that I put in it. People have asked for the recipe, and honestly I don’t have one, but I know […]
July 19, 2018

Combating Local, Childhood Hunger One Bag at a Time

by Lindsay Anderson The Kids Aid Backpack Program For ten years the Kids Aid Backpack Program has been working diligently to ensure that no child in Mesa County goes hungry over the weekends. The Backpack Program delivers bags of food to students at the end of the school week that […]