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 15, 2017

Back to school tips and tricks

by Healthy Mesa County Staff The chaos of back-to-school can be stressful and overwhelming.  Parents are trying to adjust schedules to meet drop-off, pick-up and practice times for kids; while students prep the first-day outfits, fill their backpacks, and fight off the first day of school jitters (jitters that seem […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 9, 2016
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MYOP Sunday Dinners

by Heather Gerson What’s for dinner?  On Sunday nights, I like to have an early family dinner but I don’t always have the time to cook after a weekend filled with activities.  I like to get everyone settled and to bed early on Sunday nights because it is very likely […]
February 16, 2016
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The Elephant in the Room: Prediabetes and What You Need to Know About It

by Lindsay Maurer EP, LMT, CKTP Imagine you’ve just been to your doctor for your annual physical and he or she tells you that you have prediabetes.  Don’t let the “pre” in prediabetes fool you into thinking it’s not really a problem now.  Eighty-six million Americans have prediabetes—that’s 1 out […]
January 11, 2016
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One Good Action Can Lead to Something Much, Much Better

by Mary Beth Luedtke When individuals and a community respond to a need, there are always unintended consequences.  In the case of Kids Aid, the Backpack Program began because of one elementary child late for school.   She literally bumped into the program’s founder and his wife (Mike and Debbie Berry), […]
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 […]
November 23, 2015
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4 Holiday Healthy Habits

by Dan Marzullo 4 Holiday Healthy Habits The holidays are right around the corner – that means celebrations with friends and family, holiday parties, and most of all, delicious food! However, if you’re not strategic about how you indulge this season, you might end up with a bigger New Year’s […]
October 26, 2015
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D51 students “Eat Smart” at School Lunch!

by Dan Sharp  In recent years, there have been many changes to the school lunch program.  We have seen the “food pyramid” changed to “my plate.”  Locally, there have been recipe and staff changes.  The most significant change has been the move back to the “good ol’ days” of scratch […]
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 […]
April 18, 2014
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Fast facts about energy nutrients, part one

By Tamalynn Kirby/School District 51 Nutritionist This is the first in a three-part series that will give you nutrient information on protein, carbohydrates and fat. PROTEIN Calories: 4 calories per Gram Major Functions Builds and maintains muscles, tissues and blood cells. Is an essential part of enzymes and hormones that […]
January 22, 2014
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How ditching meat alienated me from my family

By Elisa Jones / Grand Valley Trails Alliance I’ve been shunned from my family. Though they would disagree, I think. At least in part. I still see them. I still talk to them. They even talk to me on occasion. But they just don’t agree with some of my life […]
January 6, 2014
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Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight

By Tamalynn Kirby/School District 51 Nutritionist     Balance is the key to enjoyable eating and maintaining a healthy weight.    Here are some tips to help achieve that balance that I have been practicing (and I have lost almost 100 pounds through simple food and activity choices!).    Balance […]