Authors

Sarah Johnson
Sarah is the Community Network Coordinator 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 24, 2019

10 tips for new or young job hunters

by Rhonda Johnson Becoming an adult is exciting, but it can also be challenging when you think of all that it encompasses! One big challenge for young adults is finding a job. It’s a task that can seem overwhelming. Here are my top 10 tips to help you get you […]
May 28, 2019

Got plans to enjoy the river?  Beware of hidden dangers

by Deputy Derrick Strauch We are lucky to live in such a beautiful area with access to several local rivers.  One of my favorite things to do in the summer is go rafting with a group of friends. But rivers can also be very dangerous, especially this year.    As […]
April 23, 2019

Bikes, books and kids

by Devon Balet There is a little known fact surrounding books and children in our country. In the United States, in low-income areas, there is ONE age appropriate book in the home for every THREE HUNDRED children. One in every 300. That number can be hard to grasp, especially if […]
April 9, 2019

Prescription Drug Safety Starts with You

by Cassidy Foster Many times, people are prescribed medication and are unsure of what to do once the medication is no longer needed. A lot of people hang on to the medication with the thought, “I may need this later,” whether it is a painkiller, an antibiotic, or maybe even […]
April 2, 2019

Invest in what matters to you: Volunteer!

by Abby Landmeier April is host to National Volunteer Month. Across Mesa County, hundreds of hours are given each day, thousands a year. Each hour leads us to having a stronger community and keeping access to essential services going. Volunteering helps an organization and empowers individuals. Lending thought to the […]
March 19, 2019

Colorado National Monument’s best spring hikes

by Johanna van Waveren Spring is my favorite time of the year to hike in Colorado National Monument. Picture waterfalls and streams flowing through red rock canyons that normally are as dry as, well, a desert. Keep your eyes peeled for the baby bighorn sheep shadowing their protective mothers. Bright […]
March 6, 2019

Recreation is Connection

by Troy Ward Recreation: noun 1. Refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like. 2. A pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment. Recreation is about experiencing connection. When we participate in recreation, our bodies are able to connect with something and disconnect from […]
February 5, 2019

Escaping Negative Love Cycles and Finding a Love that Nurtures

by Marti Montoya Only now, in mid-life and with scrappy knees from the relationship missteps, tumbles and crashes, do I count myself lucky in love.  With age can come wisdom … but I’m also a counselor, privileged to be a student of human behavior.  The tools of the trade are […]
January 10, 2019
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Financial wellness in the New Year

by Amy Weitzel More than 40% of all Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck and have difficulty meeting their household expenses each month, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study. The same study says more than 72% of American workers are highly impacted by student loans and 24% have pulled money out of their […]
December 18, 2018

Winter Wellness… How to stay active and healthy year round

by Callie Berkson There are several moments in a year, where as a parent you find yourself struggling with how to keep your kids active, healthy, engaged, and just plain… happy. When the weather outside is bleak, it’s hard to stay focused on ways to achieve this without breaking the […]
December 4, 2018

Surrender and shed, tips on surviving change

by Lindsay Maurer Some changes in life are forced on us. Aging is one.  Other changes are the result of choices we make to better our lives or accomplish goals we have set. Either way, change is challenging, and we always have a choice about how we will handle the […]
November 20, 2018

Connections, MCPH programs make our community healthier and safer

by Katie Nelson I’ve worked at Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) for three and a half years. During my time with this agency, I’ve learned more about public health than I ever knew existed. For instance there are more than 80 reportable conditions in public health – illnesses that are […]
November 14, 2018

Do yourself (and the community) some good

by Sarah Johnson Earlier this month, while stopped at a busy, downtown Grand Junction intersection, I saw two men pushing a beat-up old truck that had broken down in the middle of traffic.  The men, one in khakis and a tie, the other in a hoodie and jeans, didn’t seem […]
October 2, 2018

Joy & Optimisim

by Jill Shenkel Henwood Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion Joy – joi a feeling of great pleasure and happiness Optimism – op·ti·mism hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something I won a bet this weekend.  I am not a frequent gambler, […]
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 […]