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June 5, 2014

It takes a village

By Randee Bergen It was Amy’s idea to make the hats. “I was at Wal-Mart getting poster board, Mom, and I saw some plain white hats. I thought it’d be fun to get a bunch and write TEAM ADDY on them.” Not only would it be fun to attend graduation […]
May 27, 2014

Service doesn’t always feel like work

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place (JUCO/STRiVE photos by Jim Cox)   I recently had the enjoyable experience of attending a picnic at The Botanical Gardens of Western Colorado, where JUCO teams and STRiVE clients and staff ate, played and bonded on a perfect spring evening. I brought my family, along […]
May 15, 2014

Never walk alone

By Randee Bergen   Keep an even pace. Smaller strides. Slower steps. Stay with her. Alongside her. Typically, the organized events I go to that involve large groups of people taking off at the same time and heading in the same direction are races. But this is just a walk. […]
May 7, 2014
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When it comes to fitness, be a kid

By Samantha Williams/Personal Trainer     Have you ever watched kids at play?    I am pretty sure most of us have.   But I want you to take a closer look. Watch how kids move and play.    Now, do exactly what they are doing! Get outside, ride your […]
May 7, 2014
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Bacon, football and mental health

By Kyle Horst/Marriage and Family Therapist   Men, on average, can expect to live five years less than women. There is no data that indicates any biological reason for this. One major factor that contributes to this disparity is healthcare utilization. Men are more likely to avoid going to doctors […]
May 5, 2014

The struggle is real

By Randee Bergen   “Oh my God, are you filing your nails?” The stylish guy behind the counter at BC Surf & Sport looked up from his casual slouch. “First,” he said, “I bit them. Now, I’m smoothing them down.” Not missing a beat, my teenage daughter continued. “So, is […]
April 29, 2014

Conquering our fear

By Elisa Jones / Grand Valley Trails Alliance   “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  ― Winston Churchill A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.”  ― Veronica Roth, Divergent Sometimes, my brain gets on an ethereal or emotional area and plagues me […]
April 24, 2014

The power of teaching your baby to sign

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   I’ve always thought babies are a lot smarter than most of us give them credit for. Consider for a moment that 90 percent of a child’s brain is formed in the first three years of life, and more than 700 new neural connections are […]
April 18, 2014

Fast facts about energy nutrients, part one

By Tamalynn Kirby/School District 51 Nutritionist This is the first in a three-part series that will give you nutrient information on protein, carbohydrates and fat. PROTEIN Calories: 4 calories per Gram Major Functions Builds and maintains muscles, tissues and blood cells. Is an essential part of enzymes and hormones that […]
April 17, 2014

Just 1/10 of a mile left

By Randee Bergen Of course, a 5K can’t be a perfect three miles; that’d make too much sense. A 5K is 3.1 miles long, but it’s that final tenth that’s so much fun. That final tenth when the finish line is in sight. This weekend, I labored through the last […]
April 14, 2014

A feel-good, strengths-based focus on your family

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters   This past week marked the first session of the parenting class I teach at the Parenting Place. At the end of the session, I assigned a challenge to each family, which I’m also offering to you here. This week, notice: Five things your child does […]
April 9, 2014

Expanding our world view

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place I love living in Grand Junction. We have easy access to world-class outdoor recreation, better health care resources than most comparably sized communities, and the weather is tough to beat. But I love to get out of town, too, and offering our child a broader […]
April 9, 2014

A special kind of bucket list

By Randee Bergen   For the first time ever, spring break was two weeks long, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Come August, my oldest, Addy, is off to college and my youngest, Amy, will be leaving for her year abroad in France. To take advantage of […]
April 7, 2014
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Make the gym your happy place

By Samantha Williams/Personal Trainer     I often wonder if I am doing more for myself physically or mentally when I work out.   We all know that when we do any sort of physical exercise, we get stronger and healthier, but I have become more and more aware lately […]
April 7, 2014
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Beyond gun safety

By Kyle Horst/Marriage and Family Therapist If you were to Google the phrase “gun safety,” you’d be directed to a dozen or more websites that basically talk about the same thing. Keep the muzzle pointed away from anyone. Wear eye and ear protection. Keep guns away from children. Most of […]