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.

February 15, 2018

Resolution reset: how to resolve for a better life, not just a better year

by Lindsay Maurer Resolutions?? What’s that??  We are officially 6 weeks into 2018 and for many of us, our resolutions for making 2018 a greater, healthier, more fulfilling year have gone by the wayside.  If I have learned anything in my career as a health and fitness pro and entrepreneur, […]
February 6, 2018

Youth sports, let’s bring back the fun!

One of my all-time favorite movies is The Sandlot. A classic tale of neighborhood kids, summer shenanigans, and life lessons learned from baseball. While the era of childhood has changed in many ways since the days of Benny, Smalls, Squints and Yeah Yeah, kids are still…well, kids. Looking back on […]
January 30, 2018

Making the nontraditional work

by Katie Goddeyne I’m getting married in four months. Obviously, I’m over the moon about it, but I’d be lying if I said planning this shindig wasn’t one of the most stressful experiences of my life so far. Approximately 525,600 details are involved in coordinating your big day ranging in […]
January 16, 2018

Strong Women, Strong Girls

by Sarah Johnson Few things please me more than strong women raising strong girls. As the parent of a teenage female, I witness every day how much the women around her have an influence on her understanding of herself. I want those women to be strong, confident and kind. Luckily, […]
December 5, 2017

Social media struggles

by Anne Nederveld It seems like my “new to middle school” son has been the prompt for several blogs! Maybe I wasn’t paying close attention when my daughter made this transition – somehow it seems like things are happening differently for my son. In any case, the issue at our […]
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, […]