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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 […]
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 […]