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.

August 8, 2017

Summertime fun should be accessible to all

We hear it all the time: Living in Mesa County, we are surrounded by natural beauty and an abundance of outdoor activities. Additionally, the Valley is teeming with summertime program and camps for children and families. But often, many families are not able to participate in some of the more […]
April 24, 2017
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How I Plan to Protect My Daughter from Societal Pressures – Part I

By Kelly Hamilton Since having my daughter, I’ve spent a lot of time worrying. Is she sleeping enough? Is she warm enough? Is she eating enough? Is she eating too much? I could keep going, but you get my point. After nearly a year and a half, I’m happy to […]
May 9, 2016
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My love/hate relationship with summer vacation

by Melissa Muhr Summer vacation. I have a love/hate relationship with it. For my children, summer vacation symbolizes freedom, fun and testing my patience. Without the structure of a school day routine, it can be easy for children to fall into bad habits, such as watching too much TV, playing […]
March 9, 2016
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MYOP Sunday Dinners

by Heather Gerson What’s for dinner?  On Sunday nights, I like to have an early family dinner but I don’t always have the time to cook after a weekend filled with activities.  I like to get everyone settled and to bed early on Sunday nights because it is very likely […]
February 29, 2016
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Happy families

by Sarah Johnson This morning I saw a post on Facebook about the four habits of happy couples: 1. They don’t leave without saying goodbye to each other, 2. They talk face to face every day, 3. They say “I love you,” 4. They surprise each other (in a good […]
November 23, 2015
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4 Holiday Healthy Habits

by Dan Marzullo 4 Holiday Healthy Habits The holidays are right around the corner – that means celebrations with friends and family, holiday parties, and most of all, delicious food! However, if you’re not strategic about how you indulge this season, you might end up with a bigger New Year’s […]
November 16, 2015
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Grief has no rules.

by Katie Goddeyne My mom died on Oct. 30, 2008. I was 19, on the cusp of 20. Just old enough to have a touch of adulthood figured out. Just young enough to have no idea what the hell I was doing yet. In the last seven years, I’ve walked […]
November 9, 2015
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Ride like a girl. No – like a Mom!

By Melissa Muhr There is nothing like racing your bike under the hot desert sun. You’re in the gate and your mind is racing. You ask yourself, what am I doing? I’m a 33-year-old wife and stay- at-home mother of two. What if I crash and break something? Who is […]
October 16, 2015
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Survive and Thrive

In July of 2013, my husband Joshua and I heard the words “You have Cancer.” We had been married less than a year.  I don’t remember much after that. Everything was a blur. I just knew in my heart that our lives would never be the same again. I have […]
October 9, 2015
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2015 Walk to School Day!

By: Safe Routes to School Instructors Abigail Slingsby, Jennifer Fox-Colwell, and Terri Wenzlaff Wednesday, October 14th is Walk to School Day! (We hear the groans already.) You might say… Why do I have to walk to school? Why should I walk or ride with my child to school? And we […]
January 15, 2015
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It’s time to talk about something unpleasant

By Fran Parker / Mesa County Health Department A month ago, I was intrigued when my friend Sherry told me about this year’s selection for the One Book, One Mesa County program. Mesa County Libraries’ choice for this year’s literary event was Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by […]
December 17, 2014
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‘She’s starving herself to death’

By Fran Parker / Mesa County Health Department My mother died at the end of October at the age of 87. She didn’t “pass away” or “expire” or “depart.” She died. I’ve never understood why people use euphemisms rather than talk directly about death. Her death certificate says she died […]