Sarah Johnson

Sarah is the Regional Health Connector 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. She loves to ski, mountain bike, read, cook, get better at Spanish and hang out with her cool daughter, husband and two dogs.

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 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 […]
April 14, 2017
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Change

  I recently started a new job, so change is on my mind. To varying degrees and for a variety of reasons, it seems to be right on the surface for many of my friends and family, too. As the old saying goes, “the only constant in life is change,” […]
April 11, 2016
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What is your part in our community?

by Sarah Johnson At our house, everyone contributes. It’s not a big house, so even with just three of us we’re able to get a lot done if everyone does their part. Imagine what could be possible if we approached our community the same way. Like so many other things, […]
February 29, 2016
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Happy families

by Sarah Johnson This morning I saw a post on Facebook about the four habits of happy couples: 1. They don’t leave without saying goodbye to each other, 2. They talk face to face every day, 3. They say “I love you,” 4. They surprise each other (in a good […]
March 23, 2015
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Take 15 minutes today to play with your child

By Sarah Johnson When my daughter was about 2, I spent a lot of time being someone else. Like many toddlers, one of her favorite games was role playing. Most days, she would at some point say, “You be ____ and I be ____.” This was our cue to get […]
January 23, 2015
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How to be a ‘good’ parent

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place No matter how many little siblings you grew up with, how many kids you babysat over the years, how many child development books you’ve read, you will never truly be prepared for parenthood when it happens. That’s because being a parent is likely to be […]
December 17, 2014
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Tradition’s deeper value is sense of comfort, security

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place My husband and I thought about putting our Christmas tree in a different spot in our living room this year. But then the panic happened and we changed our minds. Our middle school daughter was definitely not OK with this potential change to the holiday […]
November 20, 2014
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The science and joy of making a mess

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place Little kids and messes. Well, they’re kind of a package deal. As adults, we all have different levels of tolerance for messiness, but in general, we like it a lot less than kids. We dislike it so much that we sometimes go to great lengths […]
October 2, 2014
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How the Wrong Playgroup Saved my Sanity

By Sarah Johnson   When I had a baby, I suddenly realized that my old friends weren’t going to cut it anymore. No disrespect, old friends, but it was a matter of schedules. None of my friends had young children, which meant there was no way for them to justify being […]
August 8, 2014
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School lunches even a mom can love

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place If you live in Mesa County, chances are your kids are back at school. And “back-to-school” for many of us means “back-to-trying-to-come-up-with-healthy-lunches-that-my-kids-willl-actually-eat.” Lunches that get eaten and lunches that are healthy, however, are not mutually exclusive. Like so many other things, it often comes down […]
June 30, 2014
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Camping: One of the great joys of summer

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place Of all the things to love about summer, perhaps my favorite is that it’s family camping season. Sticky s’mores fingers, smoky campfire hair, endless games of Uno, rainstorms that force us to read our books and nap all afternoon … I pretty much love it […]
May 27, 2014
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Service doesn’t always feel like work

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place (JUCO/STRiVE photos by Jim Cox)   I recently had the enjoyable experience of attending a picnic at The Botanical Gardens of Western Colorado, where JUCO teams and STRiVE clients and staff ate, played and bonded on a perfect spring evening. I brought my family, along […]
April 24, 2014
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The power of teaching your baby to sign

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   I’ve always thought babies are a lot smarter than most of us give them credit for. Consider for a moment that 90 percent of a child’s brain is formed in the first three years of life, and more than 700 new neural connections are […]
April 9, 2014
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Expanding our world view

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place I love living in Grand Junction. We have easy access to world-class outdoor recreation, better health care resources than most comparably sized communities, and the weather is tough to beat. But I love to get out of town, too, and offering our child a broader […]