Authors

Sarah Johnson
Mother and coordinator of The Parenting Place of Western Colorado
 
 
 
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.
 
 

December 5, 2017

Social media struggles

by Anne Nederveld It seems like my “new to middle school” son has been the prompt for several blogs! Maybe I wasn’t paying close attention when my daughter made this transition – somehow it seems like things are happening differently for my son. In any case, the issue at our […]
November 28, 2017

Have a healthy, happy holiday

by Ciera Colson When thinking about the holidays the first things that come to mind are the dinner parties, gift giving and the sweet taste of holiday treats.  All of this can lead to a stressful season in which you may not have a chance to focus on yourself. Even […]
November 15, 2017

Older, wiser, stronger – running

by Sarah Johnson I really don’t love to run. When my runner friends talk about the freedom they feel and the mind-clearing joy of a run, my eyes squint, and my eyebrows scrunch together in bewilderment – I just don’t get it. Running rarely clears my mind. Instead, my head […]
November 7, 2017

Family

by Amy Weitzel Oh, those times when you commit to writing a blog, but the creative juices just aren’t flowing. That’s when you take to the Internet grasping at straws, begging the God of Blog Writing to send inspiration … and send it soon. When all else fails, what is […]
October 31, 2017

No better time than now!

by Jennifer Stoll In my September blog, I touched on my feelings regarding the special place we live and work, and our unparalleled quality of life. One way we can enjoy what our community has to offer is through the plethora of amazing events that take place across Mesa County […]
October 24, 2017
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Older, wiser, stronger – staying in the game

by Sarah Johnson This past summer I stumbled into the presence of greatness, and they were young. My teenage daughter and I were volunteering at the GoPro Mountain Games rock climbing competition in Vail, which also happened to be the only US stop on the International Federation of Sport Climbing […]
October 10, 2017

Fruita is a Community that Cares

by Annie Payne One of my first memories of Fruita is driving into town heading west on Highway 6 & 50 and seeing Grrreta the Dinosaur for the first time in her previous post next to Dinosaur Pizza. I believe I was about seven-years-old at the time. My younger cousin, […]
September 19, 2017

Older, wiser, stronger

by Sarah Johnson This is me. And I’m not what I expected. This was taken on a spring afternoon when, after three days of skiing big mountains with high-speed lifts, my knees hurt and my muscles were sore. My legs were screaming their age, but I couldn’t have been happier. […]
September 12, 2017
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Parental Alienation – a growing epidemic

by Amy Weitzel I’m fully aware that this blog may ruffle a few feathers and, in all honesty, I may have responded negatively to this blog just a year ago. But within that time, I’ve become aware of an epidemic that is affecting divorced parents. It’s called Parental Alienation. I […]
September 6, 2017

Gearing up for mental health

by Sarah Johnson Not long ago I heard Stacy Bare talk about how rock climbing saved his life. Bare, a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has made a career of getting people outdoors through his expedition work with veterans, kids in poverty and others, was in Grand […]
August 29, 2017

Self + Care = Happy & Healthy

by Katie Goddeyne I’ve been focusing on self-care quite a bit lately. My best friend asked me to marry him on June 3, and things have been kind of a whirlwind ever since. Wedding planning is crazy and time-consuming and stressful and fun – so much fun – but it’s […]
August 23, 2017

Try Again

My family was recently introduced to French Macarons. I had seen them before in quaint pastry shops, but hadn’t tried them – they didn’t really look like food to me but rather like Christmas tree ornaments! Once we tried them and learned that they are made with almond flour, so […]
August 8, 2017

Summertime fun should be accessible to all

We hear it all the time: Living in Mesa County, we are surrounded by natural beauty and an abundance of outdoor activities. Additionally, the Valley is teeming with summertime program and camps for children and families. But often, many families are not able to participate in some of the more […]
July 25, 2017

Summer! A season for health.

by Lindsay Maurer When most of us think about summer, we think about outdoor fun, vacations, and a chance to kick back. We think barbecues, endless sunny days, and adventure!  Most of us don’t think fitness and clean eating – but we need to! So what can you do to […]
July 18, 2017

The Diabetes Prevention Program- making a difference in our community

by Emily Robertson Emily Robertson is the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at Mesa County Public Health. Emily graduated with her degree in Dietetics & Nutrition and found her passion working in community health. Some of her favorite activities include knitting, running, and exploring Colorado! The number of those affected by […]