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.
 
 

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
Amy Weitzel

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 […]
April 10, 2018

The FYI about FYI

by Katie Smith Imagine for a moment babies being born today. Imagine their parents holding them for the first time. Now watch them grow as toddlers…now they’re in elementary school…now as teens…heading off to college… and finally as adults in our community, perhaps starting families of their own. These once […]
March 22, 2018

Get outside on the West Slope Best Slope

by Sarah Johnson Around this time of year, most of us are typically itching to get outside. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and it feels as if we’re emerging from a long housebound hibernation. This year, though, “winter” barely made an appearance. I’m hoping the winter of […]
March 14, 2018

Making mental health a priority in college

by Merritt Hays As a college student, it is easy to feel like a walking statistic when it comes to mental health. There is a plethora of resources on campus and off, overflowing with people who truly want you to succeed. It is also easy to become a victim of […]
March 6, 2018

How Girls on the Run impacts girls and communities

by Jill Shenkel Henwood Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion I am surrounded by girls – I have three daughters, two dogs and three cats – all female, and I run Girls on the Run – an organization that works with girls and has […]
February 20, 2018

Yoga now, ski with the grandkids later

by Sarah Johnson If you saw me today and I glared at you, I apologize. As I write this, it’s one of the best snow days of this powder-starved ski season, but I’m sitting in the lodge with ice on my ankle and a scowl on my face. I tweaked […]
February 15, 2018

Resolution reset: how to resolve for a better life, not just a better year

by Lindsay Maurer Resolutions?? What’s that??  We are officially 6 weeks into 2018 and for many of us, our resolutions for making 2018 a greater, healthier, more fulfilling year have gone by the wayside.  If I have learned anything in my career as a health and fitness pro and entrepreneur, […]