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.
 
 

August 25, 2016
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Staying active as a family

by Anne Nederveld We all know that obesity is a major problem in our country, and most people understand that this leads to chronic health problems.  None of us want this for our kids, but it is sometimes very hard to know how to encourage our kids to adopt healthy […]
August 16, 2016
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Breastfeeding: Let’s be honest

by Kelly Hamilton As a first time mom who aimed to breastfeed exclusively, I’m proud to say I’ve made it ten months so far, and I intend to keep going. While I might not say I’m going strong, I’m still going, and my daughter is healthy. In the grand scheme […]
August 9, 2016
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The stuff in between

by Mary Cornforth Cawood Tomorrow is the first day of school. For the past week, we parents have been scrambling to buy school supplies, schedule check-ups, haircuts, teeth cleanings and whatever else we need to do to get through the next few months with our sanity relatively intact.  We are […]
July 26, 2016
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Beat the Heat

by Lindsay Maurer It’s summer.  The season that is between spring and fall, the hottest part of the year, the best season, the worst season.  However you want to describe it, we all have a common thought in mind: STAYING COOL.  As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors […]
July 19, 2016
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Finding a reason to quit

by Paula Anderson – Smoking Cessation Liaison, Primary Care Partners Most tobacco users wish they had never picked up that first cigarette or bought that first can of chew. Most of them would like to quit. It’s not that there’s not enough information out there about all the nasty things […]
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 28, 2016
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HIV Testing: Awareness, access and taking control of your health

By Jeffrey Basinger, Director of Regional Programs, Western Colorado AIDS Project Who would’ve thought 30 years ago there would still be a need for organizations to help individuals infected with or at risk of acquiring HIV and other diseases? Today, more than 600 people receive support through the Western Colorado […]
June 21, 2016
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Exploring the Grand Valley

by Andi Goddeyne This is the summer of hikes. I remind myself I made this internal pledge anytime I feel like skipping one. The truth is hiking can be tough. It seems like what the Internet sites consider an “easy” hike can still get a little rough for me. The […]
June 14, 2016
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One of the best gifts you can give

by Sherri Burns When is the last time you had the chance to save someone’s life?  It is not something that most people think about on a daily basis, but it is easier than you think.  Saving someone’s life could take as little as 30 minutes, and doesn’t cost anything.  […]
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 31, 2016
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Fit For Two: The Truth about Prenatal Fitness

by Lindsay Maurer In this era of prenatal fitness, most women know that exercise during a normal pregnancy is safe.  Yet, when it comes to the particulars – Is it ok to work my abs? Do I have to stop running? Should I keep my heart rate low? Can I […]
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 […]
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 […]
May 3, 2016
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Wednesday, May 4th is National Ride your bike to school day!

by Amy Agapito When spring starts making the days better and warmer, I think about riding my bike! Actually, I get really excited to get on my bike and ride on the Riverfront Trail, as well as on mountain bike trails. I also like to ride my bike to different places […]