Blogs

Our bloggers are fitness instructors, runners, bikers, professors, therapists, recreationists, psychologists, nutritionists, parents and, overall, members of our community. Check back often for new posts and leave a comment to engage in the conversation.

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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
January 2, 2018
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Businesses should stand for something

by Amy Weitzel Chasing the almighty dollar has been the ultimate goal for business for … well … ever. When I started my MBA studies, my professor and textbooks emphasized that the goal of finance was to “maximize shareholder wealth.” I felt my inner volunteer recoil the first time I […]
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, […]
October 3, 2017

Let’s play in the streets

by Healthy Mesa County Staff “Don’t play in the street!” is something many of us heard as kids. As adults, some of us have probably used those same words with our children. But in Grand Junction on October 7 we have the chance to say, “Let’s all play in the […]
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 11, 2017
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Someone else’s shoes

I find myself giving less credence to people who have Velcro rather than laces on their shoes. This could be the most ridiculous thought that has ever gone through my head. The man who was helping me pick out fertilizer seemed knowledgeable enough, yet here I was, standing in the […]
June 14, 2017
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Why we need to stay connected

Social isolation, defined as “a state of complete or near-complete lack of contact between an individual and society,“ has been shown to be related to several serious health issues.  In fact, social isolation is related to early death at a similar level as smoking or obesity.  Click here for a […]
June 14, 2016
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One of the best gifts you can give

by Sherri Burns When is the last time you had the chance to save someone’s life?  It is not something that most people think about on a daily basis, but it is easier than you think.  Saving someone’s life could take as little as 30 minutes, and doesn’t cost anything.  […]
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, […]
November 30, 2015
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Ed

by Fran Parker I was very sad to hear that Ed Ruland died on September 14.  I didn’t know him extremely well or for very long, but he made a lasting impression on me.  I met Ed, well known both locally and statewide for his distinguished legal career, in 2012 […]
November 3, 2015
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Flu and Wildfire: Spot the Difference.

By Andi Goddeyne I love fall. I love the leaves changing, I love apple cider and I love the fashion. I love it all, except flu season. Flu season I don’t love so much. The real kicker? I attend a large university. There are thousands of humans running around one campus. […]
October 9, 2015
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2015 Walk to School Day!

By: Safe Routes to School Instructors Abigail Slingsby, Jennifer Fox-Colwell, and Terri Wenzlaff Wednesday, October 14th is Walk to School Day! (We hear the groans already.) You might say… Why do I have to walk to school? Why should I walk or ride with my child to school? And we […]