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.

November 15, 2017

Older, wiser, stronger – running

by Sarah Johnson I really don’t love to run. When my runner friends talk about the freedom they feel and the mind-clearing joy of a run, my eyes squint, and my eyebrows scrunch together in bewilderment – I just don’t get it. Running rarely clears my mind. Instead, my head […]
October 24, 2017
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Older, wiser, stronger – staying in the game

by Sarah Johnson This past summer I stumbled into the presence of greatness, and they were young. My teenage daughter and I were volunteering at the GoPro Mountain Games rock climbing competition in Vail, which also happened to be the only US stop on the International Federation of Sport Climbing […]
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 […]
September 19, 2017

Older, wiser, stronger

by Sarah Johnson This is me. And I’m not what I expected. This was taken on a spring afternoon when, after three days of skiing big mountains with high-speed lifts, my knees hurt and my muscles were sore. My legs were screaming their age, but I couldn’t have been happier. […]
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 […]
September 6, 2017

Gearing up for mental health

by Sarah Johnson Not long ago I heard Stacy Bare talk about how rock climbing saved his life. Bare, a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has made a career of getting people outdoors through his expedition work with veterans, kids in poverty and others, was in Grand […]
September 27, 2016
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The newest bully on the block

by Melissa Muhr Ever get picked on as a kid? Chances are you have at least one memory of feeling bullied. I watched my son fall victim to a bully at our local BMX track. By a fellow teammate. A team my family and I were thrilled to be a […]
September 14, 2016
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I think about him every single day

by Amy Weitzel “I think about him every single day.” Those were the words my dear friend recently said to me one morning at coffee, two years after her boyfriend had completed suicide. There were tears in her eyes, and the pain was still evident. She tried to describe the […]
September 1, 2016
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Remaining cautiously optimistic about Suicide in Mesa County- it’s the ONLY option.

by Greg Rajnowski I’m always skeptical of people that use “ONLY,” “ALL,” “NEVER,” “NOTHING,” “EVERYONE,” and “ALWAYS,” in their expressions. For me, it’s kind of like the scene in Star Wars: Episode III, where Anakin states, “If you’re not with me, then you’re my enemy,” and then Obi-wan ironically states, […]
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 […]
July 5, 2016
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Fran gets her spunk back

by Fran Parker June 1 was my last day of paid employment…I think. At various times in the past month, I’ve described my new status as retired…..or semi-retired.  The one thing that I’ve been very sure of is that I am taking the summer and fall off.  I need time […]
May 17, 2016
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Acting B4Stage4: My Mental Health Month story

by Charlie Blackmer There is more than one way to be depressed. What comes to mind for many is a lifeless form, wrapped in blankets, curled up on the couch of a darkened living room, blocking out the daytime world. Others conjure up the image of someone drifting zombie-like through […]
April 26, 2016
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With a Little Help from Our Friends

by Fran Parker Last August, I blogged about being a “spinster” and the importance of having a more deliberate approach to creating community as I get older.  In the blog and others, I’ve worried about how I’ll get the support I need as I grow older and recognized my need […]
April 22, 2016
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Extroverting the introvert

by Katie Goddeyne I’m a communications specialist. I give media interviews, work with advertisers and from time-to-time, I represent my agency. You’d never guess it when I step in front of a camera or turn into a bulldog if a reporter or writer tries to hassle one of my coworkers […]