Authors

Sarah Johnson
Sarah is the Community Network Coordinator at Mesa County Public Health and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Sarah was formerly the director of Child and Family Programs at Strive, which supports individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. She curates an Instagram account called OlderWiserStronger about active, outdoor women over 40 and loves to ski, mountain bike, read, cook, get better at Spanish and hang out with her daughter, husband, and two dogs.
 
 
 
Andrew and Dr. Katrina Katen
A husband and wife team whose love for learning, education and life enrichment inspired the founding of Inner Compass, a place for self-discovery, education and successful living. Visit them at www.myinnercompass.org.
 
 
Fran Parker
Fran balances the responsibility of work with the heavy demands of her two feline dependents, Daisy and Lily. Mostly, she tries to do what she can to stay healthy herself. Having spent all of her career working in non-profits and government, she moved to the Grand Valley from Wisconsin in 2006. She is a health promotion specalist at theMesa County Health Department.
 
Samantha Williams
Fitness instructor, mother, wife and business owner. Follow her online here.  
 
Andi Goddeyne
Andi is a student at Colorado Mesa University, studying mass communication and marketing, and interning at the Mesa County Health Department this summer. 
Andi enjoys swimming and cats, but not swimming with cats.
 
 

July 18, 2017

The Diabetes Prevention Program- making a difference in our community

by Emily Robertson Emily Robertson is the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at Mesa County Public Health. Emily graduated with her degree in Dietetics & Nutrition and found her passion working in community health. Some of her favorite activities include knitting, running, and exploring Colorado! The number of those affected by […]
July 11, 2017
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Someone else’s shoes

I find myself giving less credence to people who have Velcro rather than laces on their shoes. This could be the most ridiculous thought that has ever gone through my head. The man who was helping me pick out fertilizer seemed knowledgeable enough, yet here I was, standing in the […]
July 3, 2017

Operation: post grad and the pressures to adult

By Andi Goddeyne I graduated from Colorado Mesa University in May, and it was bittersweet, to say the least. However, this blog isn’t about the strange rollercoaster of emotions that comes when you close a chapter; it’s about the confusing start of the one that follows. After graduation, I woke […]
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 […]
May 30, 2017

Activating our school space

Here at Clifton Elementary School, we too are sending an open invitation to the community to come and enjoy!  We couldn’t be more excited about the Activating Spaces grant provided through the County Health Department for our school!  With this grant, we are able to improve an old, unused field.  […]
May 16, 2017

Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Mesa County

by Teresa Nees At times it can be difficult to explain how my job contributes to the overall health of our community. After all, I kill things for a living. As the Coordinator of the Mesa County Noxious Weed Program, I spend a good share of time wielding various tools […]
May 2, 2017

All good things must come to an end

I came to Grand Junction 5 years ago to attend school at Colorado Mesa University (CMU). I came in on a dance scholarship, but little did I know; I had another passion waiting for me in the Health and Wellness field. As it is getting dangerously close to my graduation […]
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 […]
April 19, 2017
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Type 2 diabetes – are you at risk?

Spring and warmer weather have finally arrived.  The new beginnings of spring are a great time to take steps to become a new, healthier you! Whether that’s changing the way that you move, how you eat or learning to manage stress better, you can change your course to preventing type […]
April 14, 2017
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Change

  I recently started a new job, so change is on my mind. To varying degrees and for a variety of reasons, it seems to be right on the surface for many of my friends and family, too. As the old saying goes, “the only constant in life is change,” […]
February 14, 2017

Finding a Family

By Andi Goddeyne In just a few months I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Mesa University. It seems surreal. I have worked towards this for nearly 20 years, after all. While I feel accomplished in this endeavor, it is another bittersweet moment; it is another milestone my […]
February 7, 2017

Heart Health for the Mind and Body

By Amy Weitzel When my kids were little, they loved to have special Band-Aids for any cut, bump, bruise, or even imaginary wounds. My oldest daughter loved cat Band-Aids. My son loved Spiderman. And my youngest daughter was all about the princesses. It’s amazing how the simple act of putting […]
January 31, 2017

Oh, the places you will go, and more importantly the lessons you will learn once you get there

by Melissa Gutierrez “Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you’ve been waiting for.”- Unknown. This is the most accurate description of my entire experience in Peace Corps Philippines.  Joining the Peace Corps was a dream that I talked about for many years before […]
January 18, 2017
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Staying Sharp in Retirement (Part 2)

by Fran Parker Now eight months into retirement, I’m continuing to blog on the theme I started in November.  I’m using the book Staying Sharp, by Henry Emmons, MD and David Alter, Ph.D. as a guide to assessing how I’m doing with my goal of cultivating a healthy, active brain […]
January 10, 2017
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Achieving resolutions

by Amy Weitzel A friend and I were recently discussing New Year’s Resolutions and writing our goals down for the upcoming year. This is a guy who is smart, well-educated and seems to have everything together. But he expressed his frustration at setting his goals and then losing sight of […]