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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 […]
March 6, 2014

The magic of books

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   When I think about what made my life easier as a young mother, one of the first things that comes to mind is books. When my daughter was fussy or wired, she would settle down with a book. When we were feeling out of […]
March 5, 2014

Why do you do hard things?

By Elisa Jones / Grand Valley Trails Alliance   “I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud […]
March 4, 2014

It’s allergy time again

By Ed Brotsky / Mesa County Health Department Ah, the sounds of spring: Birds chirping, afternoon rainstorms, flies buzzing… and lots of sneezing.   With the warmer temperatures, many plants are wasting no time emerging from their winter slumber. As a result, there’s no shortage of red, itchy eyes and […]
February 26, 2014

Ever been a trail host? You might want to!

By Lorie Gregor/Grand Junction Parks and Recreation   Looking for an interesting volunteer position that gets you outdoors? If so, you should check out the City of Grand Junction Trail Host Program. What is a Trail Host? A Trail Host is a person who spends time on the Riverfront Trail […]
February 25, 2014
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Relationship check-up: the vitals

By Kyle Horst/Marriage and Family Therapist Any health care provider will tell you the importance of monitoring your “vitals” – body temperature, pulse rate (or heart rate), blood pressure and respiratory rate. Others might be included, too, but these four are the most common. Vital signs are important measurements in […]
February 21, 2014

Running left-handed

By Randee Bergen   My friend, Jim, and I have been playing racquetball together for about three years now. I played a few times as a teenager when we finally got a health club in our little Wyoming town and then several times a week during college. The one and […]
February 20, 2014

I gave my daughter a Twinkie

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   My daughter had a Twinkie recently, and the world did not come crashing down around us. This was kind of a big deal for me because food is a big deal for me. She had never had a Twinkie in her life, and I […]
February 19, 2014

Why is my child struggling at school?

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters   There are many reasons a child may struggle at school, and, although these may be obvious in some cases, for most children, the root cause is complex and not immediately obvious. Parents frequently report feeling frustrated, powerless and unsure how to help their child. Before […]
February 17, 2014

Do you know the current air quality conditions?

By Ed Brotsky / Mesa County Health Department Last time around, we looked at using the Air Quality Index as a tool to interpret the oftentimes confusing world of air pollution and personal health. As we know, air pollution comes in many different forms, and each type can have different […]
February 14, 2014

Pickleball, anyone?

By Randee Bergen Pickleball. Have you heard of it? Makes me think of charades. Two words. First word. Sounds like tickle. Pickle. Second word. Sounds like wall. Ball. Pickle, ball. Pickleball. It’s a game. Sort of a cross between badminton, tennis and ping-pong. It is played on a badminton-sized court, […]
February 10, 2014

How to Really Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

By Elisa Jones / Grand Valley Trails Alliance I’m sure you’ve seen the news articles, the billboards, the commercials. You know that the flu is bad this year. And I’ll bet you’ve gotten your flu shot, purchased a gallon-size container of hand sanitizer AND the anti-microbial tissues.   Right?   […]