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.
 
 

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 […]
December 8, 2016
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Giving myself a break- wrestling my perfectionism

by Barbie Harrison Nobody’s perfect, no matter how hard they try. Although I heard this message all my life from family, friends and pop singers, I never believed that I didn’t have to be perfect. Finals week at CMU is next week. With deadlines posing, I’m tempted to do everything […]
November 30, 2016
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Time- the greatest distance between two points

by Kelly Hamilton Time measures everything- beginnings, ends, durations, and intervals. It is an inescapable current. The anniversary of my mother’s death will always be difficult for me, not only because I can’t help but relive the memory of the worst day of my life but also because it measures […]
November 22, 2016
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Baby, it’s (getting) cold outside!

by Lindsey Maurer EP, LMT, CKTP Here in the Grand Valley, our weather is starting to get the slightest hint of cold.  The holidays are just around the corner. Are you ready to make it a healthy season this year?  Here are some essential tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle […]
November 16, 2016
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Gratitude

by Amy Weitzel I recently suffered what I’m now referring to as “The Great Life Snafu of 2016.” OK, so there was nothing particularly great about it … in fact, it actually was a very hard, very painful time in my life, one in which I’m continuing to move through. […]
November 9, 2016
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Quitting smoking is a life-changing event

by Thomas McCloskey PharmD, MS I look back now with pride, some 33 years ago at the day I quit smoking.  That is a mental stretch for me now in my late 50’s, but it is a date I consider one of the most important I’ve ever lived.  A true milestone.  The […]
November 2, 2016
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Staying sharp in retirement (Part 1)

by Fran Parker I’m finishing up month five of retirement and boy do I love it! As I left my job on June 1, I stated my intent to spend the summer and fall relaxing and having fun.   After that, I’d think about whether I was going to seek out […]
October 27, 2016
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Savor autumn flavor

by Heather Gerson Autumn is here.  One day the leaves are golden yellow with red, and the next day they are a heaping pile on my lawn.  I love fall in Colorado and fall wouldn’t be complete without apples and soup simmering on the stove.  We are definitely in apple […]
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, […]
October 4, 2016
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Don’t Fall For It… Get Outside!

by Seth Anderson Fall is a great time to get exercise outside or even around town.  Everyone relishes the idea of summer.  The reality is we often hide indoors mid-day hoping for cool mornings and evenings.     Now fall is upon us, and things are cooling off. We can head […]
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 20, 2016
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Plan ahead for a safe hunt

by Mike Porras October’s big game hunting seasons are just around the corner, but early-season archery and muzzleloader hunters are already in the field trying their best to fill their tag with a variety of species, including bear, elk, deer, moose and pronghorn. The excitement of the hunt can be […]
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, […]
August 31, 2016
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Seriously, if you pack it in, pack it out

by Katie Goddeyne I’ve been spending lots of time outdoors, this summer. It has been lovely. I’ve been exploring places I’ve always wanted to see in colorful Colorado. While it’s impossible not find myself awe-stricken by the state’s natural beauty here and there, it also seems impossible for some people […]