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.

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 […]
April 25, 2018

Responsibility & Intentionality

Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion re·spon·si·bil·i·ty rəˌspänsəˈbilədē/ able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected or required doing the things we are supposed to do and accepting the positive or negative outcome of our […]
April 17, 2018
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Sexual harassment in the workplace

by Amy Weitzel Through my job at Triad Employee Assistance Program, I give workplace trainings on sexual harassment prevention. The presentation goes over the Equal Opportunity Employment definition of harassment specifically when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. But the training also delves into creating a culture where […]
April 10, 2018

The FYI about FYI

by Katie Smith Imagine for a moment babies being born today. Imagine their parents holding them for the first time. Now watch them grow as toddlers…now they’re in elementary school…now as teens…heading off to college… and finally as adults in our community, perhaps starting families of their own. These once […]
March 14, 2018

Making mental health a priority in college

by Merritt Hays As a college student, it is easy to feel like a walking statistic when it comes to mental health. There is a plethora of resources on campus and off, overflowing with people who truly want you to succeed. It is also easy to become a victim of […]