Authors

Sarah Johnson
Sarah is the Community Organizer at Mesa County Public Health and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Sarah was formerly the director of Child and Family Programs at Strive, which supports individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. She curates an Instagram account called OlderWiserStronger about active, outdoor women over 40 and loves to ski, mountain bike, read, cook, get better at Spanish and hang out with her daughter, husband, and two dogs.
 
 
 
Andrew and Dr. Katrina Katen
A husband and wife team whose love for learning, education and life enrichment inspired the founding of Inner Compass, a place for self-discovery, education and successful living. Visit them at www.myinnercompass.org.
 
 
Fran Parker
Fran balances the responsibility of work with the heavy demands of her two feline dependents, Daisy and Lily. Mostly, she tries to do what she can to stay healthy herself. Having spent all of her career working in non-profits and government, she moved to the Grand Valley from Wisconsin in 2006. She is a health promotion specalist at theMesa County Health Department.
 
Samantha Williams
Fitness instructor, mother, wife and business owner. Follow her online here.  
 
Andi Goddeyne
Andi is a student at Colorado Mesa University, studying mass communication and marketing, and interning at the Mesa County Health Department this summer. 
Andi enjoys swimming and cats, but not swimming with cats.
 
 

September 18, 2018

Connection is the cure

by Sarah Johnson At the last conference I went to for work, everyone ended up in tears. I think most of us saw it coming – this year’s Colorado Health Symposium theme, “Achieving Equity in Behavioral Health,” was all but guaranteed to make for some powerful and thought-provoking conversations about […]
September 4, 2018

HopeWest Kids Helps Grieving Children and Teens

by Nancy Lofholm Kylie Babeon first experienced grief when she was 9-years-old. Her grandmother had died after a lingering illness, and Babeon found the emotions related to that loss confusing and frightening. But Babeon had help navigating the uncharted territory of childhood grief when she became involved in HopeWest Kids, […]
August 28, 2018

College Daze

by Ivone Rodriguez If you’re currently a college student, then you know the struggle of buying overpriced textbooks and making payments on exponentially growing tuition fees. Once the school year gets rolling, expenses start to add up quickly, especially if you live off campus. Between paying your bills on time […]
August 21, 2018

Thank You for Being My Neighbor!

by Ellis Thompson-Ellis When you find yourself sticking your head in the deep freezer for relief from the heat, it’s time to go to the mountains. So I’m planning a trip. The only thing is many of our lovely mountains seem to be on fire right now – to the […]
August 7, 2018
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Chris

by Amy Weitzel I made potato salad today. It’s been awhile since I made potato salad. I get a lot of compliments on it and I have a secret ingredient that I put in it. People have asked for the recipe, and honestly I don’t have one, but I know […]
July 19, 2018

Combating Local, Childhood Hunger One Bag at a Time

by Lindsay Anderson The Kids Aid Backpack Program For ten years the Kids Aid Backpack Program has been working diligently to ensure that no child in Mesa County goes hungry over the weekends. The Backpack Program delivers bags of food to students at the end of the school week that […]
July 3, 2018

A lifetime of discovery starts this July

by Ture Nycum Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great places and things happening in the Grand Valley.  Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month, and we encourage everyone to get out and explore your local […]
June 26, 2018

Diversity and Connectedness

by Jill  Shenkel Henwood Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion di·ver·si·ty / dəˈvərsədē the state of being diverse; variety. “There was considerable diversity in the style of the “ a range of different things. con·nect·ed·ness / kəˈnektədnəs the state of being joined or linked. […]
June 19, 2018

Vaping – what you can’t see can hurt you

by Anne Nederveld My oldest child is starting high school in the fall, and so naturally I am beginning to think about things that she’ll face in this new environment. I‘ve recently heard a lot about vaping at area high schools, and specifically about “Juuling.” As a health care provider, […]
June 12, 2018

Why care about child care?

by Holly Jacobson, Council Coordinator, Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families As many of us can relate, having a baby is one of the most magical times in our lives.  There is euphoria that resonates from an inexplicable place where all is well in the world.  It’s a time […]
May 23, 2018

Family on the town – pedal powered trips with kids

by Orin Zyvan Most all of us have enjoyed a feeling of vitality while riding a bike. For myself, hearing my almost one-year-old chattering with delight from the bike trailer, or my three-year-old yell “watch me dad” as she shoots off on her strider bike, never fails to bring a […]
May 16, 2018

Wellness Programs – a key component to managing stress and improving quality of life

by Amy Weitzel It’s interesting how if someone were to go skiing, fall and break their leg, we would never expect them to stand back up and continue skiing down the hill. At work the next day, if their work productivity slowed, supervisors would be more understanding saying, “John fell […]
May 1, 2018

A letter to myself: What I wish I knew about breastfeeding as a new mom

by Lindsay Maurer Congratulations!  You’re having a baby!  I’m sure you’ve prepared for everything.  You have the best crib, the safest car seat, the tiny clothes and the cutest diaper bag.  You’ve likely made a decision on how you plan to feed your baby and regardless of your choice I’m […]
April 25, 2018

Responsibility & Intentionality

Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion re·spon·si·bil·i·ty rəˌspänsəˈbilədē/ able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected or required doing the things we are supposed to do and accepting the positive or negative outcome of our […]
April 17, 2018
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Sexual harassment in the workplace

by Amy Weitzel Through my job at Triad Employee Assistance Program, I give workplace trainings on sexual harassment prevention. The presentation goes over the Equal Opportunity Employment definition of harassment specifically when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. But the training also delves into creating a culture where […]