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.

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 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 […]
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 […]
June 14, 2017
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Why we need to stay connected

Social isolation, defined as “a state of complete or near-complete lack of contact between an individual and society,“ has been shown to be related to several serious health issues.  In fact, social isolation is related to early death at a similar level as smoking or obesity.  Click here for a […]
December 14, 2016
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Healthy Holidays, Take 2!

by Anne Nederveld I’m sitting down to write this after a not-so-restful night because I kept making mental lists about everything I need to do before the end of this week, including writing this blog. Some of those things are work-related, but many are things I need to do to […]
October 19, 2016
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The transformation of a college student

by Andi Goddeyne In August I started my final year of school. Yes, I am a college senior that graduates in May 2017. Please cue the applause somewhere, because seriously, I have worked so hard to get here. As my senior year commenced, I looked around at the incoming freshmen, […]
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, […]
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 […]
June 7, 2016
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Why making time for cycling is a priority worth making.

by Anne Keller and Jen Zeuner Let’s face it; unless you are independently wealthy or still live with your parents, most of us generally have too much on our plates. Not literally, like in an Olive Garden unlimited bowl of pasta way, but in the sense of work, family, errands, […]
May 24, 2016
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Spring Cleaning

by Heather Gerson Spring is in the air. The trees and bushes are blooming. People are out in their yards trimming bushes and trees, and everyone is talking about spring cleaning.   And there is only a little bit of snow in sight on top of the Mesa.  Spring is definitely […]
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 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 […]
March 29, 2016
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For the college kids that have no idea where they are going

by Andi Goddeyne For the college kids that have no idea where they are going. For those of you half way through your college careers with an ever growing anxiety about the future, I am here to tell you, you aren’t alone. I think you already knew that, but it’s […]