Blogs

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.

October 19, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]
September 1, 2016
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Remaining cautiously optimistic about Suicide in Mesa County- it’s the ONLY option.

by Greg Rajnowski I’m always skeptical of people that use “ONLY,” “ALL,” “NEVER,” “NOTHING,” “EVERYONE,” and “ALWAYS,” in their expressions. For me, it’s kind of like the scene in Star Wars: Episode III, where Anakin states, “If you’re not with me, then you’re my enemy,” and then Obi-wan ironically states, […]
August 31, 2016
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Seriously, if you pack it in, pack it out

by Katie Goddeyne I’ve been spending lots of time outdoors, this summer. It has been lovely. I’ve been exploring places I’ve always wanted to see in colorful Colorado. While it’s impossible not find myself awe-stricken by the state’s natural beauty here and there, it also seems impossible for some people […]
August 25, 2016
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Staying active as a family

by Anne Nederveld We all know that obesity is a major problem in our country, and most people understand that this leads to chronic health problems.  None of us want this for our kids, but it is sometimes very hard to know how to encourage our kids to adopt healthy […]
August 16, 2016
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Breastfeeding: Let’s be honest

by Kelly Hamilton As a first time mom who aimed to breastfeed exclusively, I’m proud to say I’ve made it ten months so far, and I intend to keep going. While I might not say I’m going strong, I’m still going, and my daughter is healthy. In the grand scheme […]
August 9, 2016
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The stuff in between

by Mary Cornforth Cawood Tomorrow is the first day of school. For the past week, we parents have been scrambling to buy school supplies, schedule check-ups, haircuts, teeth cleanings and whatever else we need to do to get through the next few months with our sanity relatively intact.  We are […]
August 2, 2016
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Tastes of Summer

by Heather Gerson Although school may be starting in August in the Grand Valley, the tastes of summer will last at least through September. Many people choose to eat local whenever possible.  Local farm fresh food tastes the best.  Many large grocery stores now have a local food section if […]
July 26, 2016
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Beat the Heat

by Lindsay Maurer It’s summer.  The season that is between spring and fall, the hottest part of the year, the best season, the worst season.  However you want to describe it, we all have a common thought in mind: STAYING COOL.  As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors […]
July 19, 2016
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Finding a reason to quit

by Paula Anderson – Smoking Cessation Liaison, Primary Care Partners Most tobacco users wish they had never picked up that first cigarette or bought that first can of chew. Most of them would like to quit. It’s not that there’s not enough information out there about all the nasty things […]
July 5, 2016
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Fran gets her spunk back

by Fran Parker June 1 was my last day of paid employment…I think. At various times in the past month, I’ve described my new status as retired…..or semi-retired.  The one thing that I’ve been very sure of is that I am taking the summer and fall off.  I need time […]