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January 3, 2017

Going full pizza – a year of betting on myself

by Katie Goddeyne I went skiing for the first time in 15 years last month. It was horrifying and exhilarating and challenging. It didn’t start out so great, though. My ski fell off as soon as I got off the lift – and by got off the lift I mean […]
December 14, 2016

Healthy Holidays, Take 2!

by Anne Nederveld I’m sitting down to write this after a not-so-restful night because I kept making mental lists about everything I need to do before the end of this week, including writing this blog. Some of those things are work-related, but many are things I need to do to […]
December 8, 2016

Giving myself a break- wrestling my perfectionism

by Barbie Harrison Nobody’s perfect, no matter how hard they try. Although I heard this message all my life from family, friends and pop singers, I never believed that I didn’t have to be perfect. Finals week at CMU is next week. With deadlines posing, I’m tempted to do everything […]
November 30, 2016

Time- the greatest distance between two points

by Kelly Hamilton Time measures everything- beginnings, ends, durations, and intervals. It is an inescapable current. The anniversary of my mother’s death will always be difficult for me, not only because I can’t help but relive the memory of the worst day of my life but also because it measures […]
November 22, 2016

Baby, it’s (getting) cold outside!

by Lindsey Maurer EP, LMT, CKTP Here in the Grand Valley, our weather is starting to get the slightest hint of cold.  The holidays are just around the corner. Are you ready to make it a healthy season this year?  Here are some essential tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle […]
November 16, 2016


by Amy Weitzel I recently suffered what I’m now referring to as “The Great Life Snafu of 2016.” OK, so there was nothing particularly great about it … in fact, it actually was a very hard, very painful time in my life, one in which I’m continuing to move through. […]
November 9, 2016

Quitting smoking is a life-changing event

by Thomas McCloskey PharmD, MS I look back now with pride, some 33 years ago at the day I quit smoking.  That is a mental stretch for me now in my late 50’s, but it is a date I consider one of the most important I’ve ever lived.  A true milestone.  The […]
November 2, 2016

Staying sharp in retirement (Part 1)

by Fran Parker I’m finishing up month five of retirement and boy do I love it! As I left my job on June 1, I stated my intent to spend the summer and fall relaxing and having fun.   After that, I’d think about whether I was going to seek out […]
October 27, 2016

Savor autumn flavor

by Heather Gerson Autumn is here.  One day the leaves are golden yellow with red, and the next day they are a heaping pile on my lawn.  I love fall in Colorado and fall wouldn’t be complete without apples and soup simmering on the stove.  We are definitely in apple […]
October 19, 2016

The transformation of a college student

by Andi Goddeyne In August I started my final year of school. Yes, I am a college senior that graduates in May 2017. Please cue the applause somewhere, because seriously, I have worked so hard to get here. As my senior year commenced, I looked around at the incoming freshmen, […]
October 13, 2016

Walk to School Day 2016

by Healthy Mesa County Staff Fall is in the air. The leaves rustle in the tree tops as they hold on just a while longer, then make their descent to the cool autumn ground.  The brisk air of a fall morning fills your lungs.  A game of following the leader […]
October 4, 2016

Don’t Fall For It… Get Outside!

by Seth Anderson Fall is a great time to get exercise outside or even around town.  Everyone relishes the idea of summer.  The reality is we often hide indoors mid-day hoping for cool mornings and evenings.     Now fall is upon us, and things are cooling off. We can head […]
September 27, 2016

The newest bully on the block

by Melissa Muhr Ever get picked on as a kid? Chances are you have at least one memory of feeling bullied. I watched my son fall victim to a bully at our local BMX track. By a fellow teammate. A team my family and I were thrilled to be a […]
September 20, 2016

Plan ahead for a safe hunt

by Mike Porras October’s big game hunting seasons are just around the corner, but early-season archery and muzzleloader hunters are already in the field trying their best to fill their tag with a variety of species, including bear, elk, deer, moose and pronghorn. The excitement of the hunt can be […]
September 14, 2016

I think about him every single day

by Amy Weitzel “I think about him every single day.” Those were the words my dear friend recently said to me one morning at coffee, two years after her boyfriend had completed suicide. There were tears in her eyes, and the pain was still evident. She tried to describe the […]