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.

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
April 24, 2017
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How I Plan to Protect My Daughter from Societal Pressures – Part I

By Kelly Hamilton Since having my daughter, I’ve spent a lot of time worrying. Is she sleeping enough? Is she warm enough? Is she eating enough? Is she eating too much? I could keep going, but you get my point. After nearly a year and a half, I’m happy to […]
December 14, 2016
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Healthy Holidays, Take 2!

by Anne Nederveld I’m sitting down to write this after a not-so-restful night because I kept making mental lists about everything I need to do before the end of this week, including writing this blog. Some of those things are work-related, but many are things I need to do to […]
October 27, 2016
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Savor autumn flavor

by Heather Gerson Autumn is here.  One day the leaves are golden yellow with red, and the next day they are a heaping pile on my lawn.  I love fall in Colorado and fall wouldn’t be complete without apples and soup simmering on the stove.  We are definitely in apple […]
August 25, 2016
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Staying active as a family

by Anne Nederveld We all know that obesity is a major problem in our country, and most people understand that this leads to chronic health problems.  None of us want this for our kids, but it is sometimes very hard to know how to encourage our kids to adopt healthy […]
August 16, 2016
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Breastfeeding: Let’s be honest

by Kelly Hamilton As a first time mom who aimed to breastfeed exclusively, I’m proud to say I’ve made it ten months so far, and I intend to keep going. While I might not say I’m going strong, I’m still going, and my daughter is healthy. In the grand scheme […]
May 9, 2016
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My love/hate relationship with summer vacation

by Melissa Muhr Summer vacation. I have a love/hate relationship with it. For my children, summer vacation symbolizes freedom, fun and testing my patience. Without the structure of a school day routine, it can be easy for children to fall into bad habits, such as watching too much TV, playing […]
March 21, 2016
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Mom(ME) Time: Finding Balance in Motherhood

by Lindsay Mauer EP, LMT, CKTP Moms everywhere tend to put themselves on the bottom of the priority list. Well, it’s time that mom puts herself on the top rung of that ladder. What we won’t do for ourselves we will do for our children. Do you want them to […]
December 21, 2015
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Healthy and affordable holiday eating tips from Cooking Matters

by Kristy Skidmore Christmas is almost upon us! This is a season of great joy and a time to celebrate with family and friends.  Enjoy it the most by taking good care of yourself and encourage others to do the same. Cooking Matters works to make sure all kids have […]
December 7, 2015
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Put to the test by holiday stress

by Mary Cornforth Cawood The calendar is filling and it is only December 1.  I already feel behind. According to my kids, we are the only ones who do not have any decorations up.  Did I mention it is only December 1? My mom used to have a rule that […]
November 16, 2015
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Grief has no rules.

by Katie Goddeyne My mom died on Oct. 30, 2008. I was 19, on the cusp of 20. Just old enough to have a touch of adulthood figured out. Just young enough to have no idea what the hell I was doing yet. In the last seven years, I’ve walked […]
October 16, 2015
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Survive and Thrive

In July of 2013, my husband Joshua and I heard the words “You have Cancer.” We had been married less than a year.  I don’t remember much after that. Everything was a blur. I just knew in my heart that our lives would never be the same again. I have […]
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 […]