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.

July 17, 2019

Peaks and Valleys: Getting Well and Staying Well

By Keira Lusby During the summer of 2016, I spent several weeks struggling with overwhelming anxiety and depression. It took months to admit to myself that I needed help, but once I did, the grueling journey of seeking wellness began. My counselor was stern but patient and knowledgeable. We discussed […]
April 23, 2019

Bikes, books and kids

by Devon Balet There is a little known fact surrounding books and children in our country. In the United States, in low-income areas, there is ONE age appropriate book in the home for every THREE HUNDRED children. One in every 300. That number can be hard to grasp, especially if […]
April 2, 2019

Invest in what matters to you: Volunteer!

by Abby Landmeier April is host to National Volunteer Month. Across Mesa County, hundreds of hours are given each day, thousands a year. Each hour leads us to having a stronger community and keeping access to essential services going. Volunteering helps an organization and empowers individuals. Lending thought to the […]
March 6, 2019

Recreation is Connection

by Troy Ward Recreation: noun 1. Refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like. 2. A pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment. Recreation is about experiencing connection. When we participate in recreation, our bodies are able to connect with something and disconnect from […]
December 4, 2018

Surrender and shed, tips on surviving change

by Lindsay Maurer Some changes in life are forced on us. Aging is one.  Other changes are the result of choices we make to better our lives or accomplish goals we have set. Either way, change is challenging, and we always have a choice about how we will handle the […]
November 14, 2018

Do yourself (and the community) some good

by Sarah Johnson Earlier this month, while stopped at a busy, downtown Grand Junction intersection, I saw two men pushing a beat-up old truck that had broken down in the middle of traffic.  The men, one in khakis and a tie, the other in a hoodie and jeans, didn’t seem […]
October 2, 2018

Joy & Optimisim

by Jill Shenkel Henwood Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion Joy – joi a feeling of great pleasure and happiness Optimism – op·ti·mism hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something I won a bet this weekend.  I am not a frequent gambler, […]
September 18, 2018

Connection is the cure

by Sarah Johnson At the last conference I went to for work, everyone ended up in tears. I think most of us saw it coming – this year’s Colorado Health Symposium theme, “Achieving Equity in Behavioral Health,” was all but guaranteed to make for some powerful and thought-provoking conversations about […]
September 4, 2018

HopeWest Kids Helps Grieving Children and Teens

by Nancy Lofholm Kylie Babeon first experienced grief when she was 9-years-old. Her grandmother had died after a lingering illness, and Babeon found the emotions related to that loss confusing and frightening. But Babeon had help navigating the uncharted territory of childhood grief when she became involved in HopeWest Kids, […]
August 7, 2018
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by Amy Weitzel I made potato salad today. It’s been awhile since I made potato salad. I get a lot of compliments on it and I have a secret ingredient that I put in it. People have asked for the recipe, and honestly I don’t have one, but I know […]
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 […]
July 3, 2018

A lifetime of discovery starts this July

by Ture Nycum Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great places and things happening in the Grand Valley.  Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month, and we encourage everyone to get out and explore your local […]
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 […]
May 16, 2018

Wellness Programs – a key component to managing stress and improving quality of life

by Amy Weitzel It’s interesting how if someone were to go skiing, fall and break their leg, we would never expect them to stand back up and continue skiing down the hill. At work the next day, if their work productivity slowed, supervisors would be more understanding saying, “John fell […]