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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 […]
April 2, 2014

Follow the river

By Elisa Jones / Grand Valley Trails Alliance “She needed to get out of there. Her brains, thankfully, were still safely in her skull, but her emotions were splattered on the pavement.” ― Francine Pascal I’m starting to really like the Riverfront Trail. I didn’t think this would ever be the case […]
March 31, 2014

Learn more about nutrition and health

By Tamalynn Kirby/School District 51 Nutritionist Do you want to start a walking program or a healthy weight plan? Do you need more information about diseases or a health condition? Help is just a mouse click or phone call away! The following is a list of organizations with helpful information. […]
March 24, 2014

How to be a master

By Elisa Jones / Grand Valley Trails Alliance   “If you’re any good at all, you know you can be better.” ― Lindsay Buckingham   On my first day of student teaching way back in January 2004, the principal sat me and the two other student-teachers down for a chat. We thought […]
March 20, 2014

Using choices to conquer the battle of wills

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters Most parents can think of a time (or many times) when they found themselves in a power struggle with their child or teen.  One of the best ways to reduce these power struggles is to use choices with limits.  Choices provide a sense of shared control […]
March 20, 2014

Race director? Me? Yikes!

By Randee Bergen You never know where you’re going to end up in life. Right now, I am headed toward race directorship. In less than a month, I’ll be a race director. And that thought frightens me a little. Last month, I helped the Mesa Monument Striders running club with […]
March 17, 2014

A whole lot of elm pollen

By Ed Brotsky / Mesa County Health Department   The first pollen sample for the year was recently collected in Mesa County and contained a mere half dozen pollen grains per cubic meter of air sampled. Fast forward only three days, and that number skyrocketed into the high category for […]
March 11, 2014
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Don’t be so quick to judge

By Samantha Williams/Personal Trainer Recently, I had a very insightful conversation with a woman from one of my classes. I was so happy she felt comfortable enough to open up a bit because she said she never gets to complain about this issue. People are quick to roll their eyes […]
March 10, 2014

The joy of a parking lot

By Randee Bergen We pulled in to the County Line parking lot and let the dogs out to run. It was the first snowy weekend in November and lots of people had come up to cross-country ski and/or snowshoe. It was a popular place for dog owners and everyone here […]