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 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 […]
September 28, 2015
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Hello

Hello.  I’m Mary, new to the Mesa County Health Department Health Promotions team and Healthy Mesa County. After 17 years of working with non-profits in Mesa County, I’m excited to continue to support our community and all the agencies and organizations that are working to make Mesa County a better […]
September 9, 2015
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School and stress – find what works for you

As summer comes to another close, the school year comes to another opening. This is year 16 of my academic journey. When I think about the fact that only four years of my life have been spent outside of the classroom, it doesn’t seem real. School is what I know […]
August 3, 2015
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Putting My Own “Spin” on Community

I have never married and I have no children. As I typed that sentence I thought “OMG, I just called myself a spinster!  Surely that can’t be.” Eager to redefine myself, I went online and googled “define spinster.”  One of the first things to pop up was the Urban Dictionary […]
August 14, 2014

What makes a healthy community?

We want to hear from you. What factors contribute to a healthy community? What can we do better? Leave a comment at the end of this post with answers to these questions:    What does the term “healthy community” mean to you? When you think of a healthy community, what […]