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.

January 31, 2014
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Making it about more than the number on the scale

By Samantha Williams/Personal Trainer     I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor, and January is always the month of “newbies” and their New Year’s resolutions. I love their enthusiasm and how set they are on this being the year they eat better, work out harder and finally reach […]
January 28, 2014

Air quality index – an indispensable tool

By Edward Brotsky/Mesa County Health Department   Air pollution comes in many forms, and keeping track of all of them can be a confusing task. Different types of pollution come from different sources, have different health effects, and each has its own thresholds for when health warnings are triggered. To […]
January 27, 2014

Families that play together have more fun

By Lorie Gregor/Grand Junction Parks and Recreation   Where’s the best place for your family to go and play? It’s free, unlimited and is known as the great outdoors! That is the best place to play together! We are so lucky to live in a place where there are so […]
January 24, 2014

Birthday climb

By Randee Bergen     I climbed Mt. Garfield for the first time seven years ago, on my 41st birthday, about a year after moving to Grand Junction. My children were younger then, 8 and 10, and I knew it would be challenging for them. Heck, it was challenging for […]
January 23, 2014

Find a way to remember the little things

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   The day I found out I was pregnant, I started to write. I had always been a writer at heart, starting with my third grade diary and continuing into college when I studied journalism. But a career shift to social work, marriage and just […]
January 22, 2014
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How ditching meat alienated me from my family

By Elisa Jones / Grand Valley Trails Alliance I’ve been shunned from my family. Though they would disagree, I think. At least in part. I still see them. I still talk to them. They even talk to me on occasion. But they just don’t agree with some of my life […]
January 21, 2014

Learn When to Burn

By Edward Brotsky/Mesa County Health Department In winter, the Grand Valley becomes subject to thermal inversions and their associated high levels of fine particle pollution. Cold, stagnant air allows for the buildup of pollution over time, particularly from wood-burning smoke and vehicle exhaust. The longer the duration of the inversion, […]
January 16, 2014

It’s all downhill from here

  The other day I went straight to the grocery store after leaving work around 4:20 p.m. Gathering my bags from my cart, I tucked my purse tightly under my arm, got my keys in hand and prepared to hustle through the cold and dark parking lot to my vehicle. […]
January 7, 2014
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You, me and everyone we know: Relationships matter

By Kyle Horst/Marriage and Family Therapist I have no doubt you are going to read a variety of wonderful posts about diet, exercise, stress management and other important health topics on this site, and I’m honored to be a part of the discussion: “How do we make Mesa County a healthier […]
January 7, 2014
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It’s never too late to fall in love with fitness

By Samantha Williams/Personal Trainer     It’s never to late to fall in love with fitness.   Most people I meet assume I have always been athletic or into sports.   Not true.   At all.     I tried several different sports as a child, but I never stuck […]
January 6, 2014

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight

By Tamalynn Kirby/School District 51 Nutritionist     Balance is the key to enjoyable eating and maintaining a healthy weight.    Here are some tips to help achieve that balance that I have been practicing (and I have lost almost 100 pounds through simple food and activity choices!).    Balance […]
January 6, 2014

Parks and Rec brings endless benefits

By Lorie Gregor/Grand Junction Parks and Recreation     I’ve been in the recreation business for more than 20 years, and one thing I know for certain: People have a big misperception about recreation. Recreation isn’t just sports leagues and swim lessons. Rather, recreation is a broad offering of classes, […]
January 5, 2014

Living Every Day of Your Life

By Randee Bergen   I’ll start by saying that I’m grateful for the opportunity to blog for HealthyMesaCounty and am excited to see what this website will have to offer. My mission, here, and in all ways, is to promote living every day of life. My intent is to inspire […]
January 4, 2014

Mastering Your Life

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters “When the voice and the vision on the inside become more profound, clear and loud than the opinions on the outside, you have mastered your life.” — Dr. John F. DeMartini  I am kicking off my first blog post with a powerful quote by Dr. John […]
January 4, 2014

While You Are Here, Be Here

By Elisa Jones/Grand Valley Trails Alliance   I have a weird name, I know. It’s too many vowels. I’ve been tempted to legally alter it to something more phonetically pleasing. Unfortunately, this is highly impractical. I mean, consider: Eeleesah? E’Leasah? E•Lee•sah? I know, right? So I’ll just settle for the […]