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.

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 […]
June 19, 2018

Vaping – what you can’t see can hurt you

by Anne Nederveld My oldest child is starting high school in the fall, and so naturally I am beginning to think about things that she’ll face in this new environment. I‘ve recently heard a lot about vaping at area high schools, and specifically about “Juuling.” As a health care provider, […]
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 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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
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 […]