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 30, 2020

Immunity Is All About Energy

by Paula M. Anderson The desperation over when things will return to normal is slowly fading into resignation as the COVID-19 numbers rise by tens of thousands in the US. We have to face it. It’s going to be around for a while. It is a mistake to look to a […]
May 28, 2020

Lonely during the pandemic? You’re not alone

by Amy Weitzel While many people during the COVID-19 pandemic have been consumed with the lack of alone time, struggles of dealing with demands of work and of homeschooling children, or getting along with people they are confined with, others have dealt with a very different challenge: being completely and […]
January 8, 2020

Revamping Resolutions into Intentions

By: Lindsay Maurer It’s 2020! We have all made another trip around the sun and even welcomed a new decade! Did you set any resolutions? I get it…we promise ourselves we’ll lose weight, spend less money, or see family more often. We know that once these things happen, our lives […]
September 18, 2019

Trails offer a path to community well-being

  By Jeff Kuhr How we define health and the role of public health reflects our community priorities. At Mesa County Public Health, we’ve taken an upstream approach to community health. It’s not uncommon for community members to ask me why Mesa County Public Health is involved in so many […]
August 29, 2019

The library’s community garden, where we can all grow

By Nicole Fitzgerald Going into my third year of working for Mesa County Libraries, I find myself just as excited and amazed at the resources we provide to our community as I did on day one.  I want to shout from the rooftops, “Do you know we have a digital […]
July 17, 2019

Peaks and Valleys: Getting Well and Staying Well

By Keira Lusby During the summer of 2016, I spent several weeks struggling with overwhelming anxiety and depression. It took months to admit to myself that I needed help, but once I did, the grueling journey of seeking wellness began. My counselor was stern but patient and knowledgeable. We discussed […]
June 24, 2019

Take the Bus! Let Grand Valley Transit do the driving for you

by Sarah Brooks Grand Valley Transit (GVT) is the local bus system in Mesa County, serving Grand Junction, Fruita, Clifton, and Palisade.  GVT operates 11 routes in Mesa County with service Monday-Saturday, except on holidays. Though buses run on a schedule, the SPOT app also shows the real-time location of […]
May 28, 2019

Got plans to enjoy the river?  Beware of hidden dangers

by Deputy Derrick Strauch We are lucky to live in such a beautiful area with access to several local rivers.  One of my favorite things to do in the summer is go rafting with a group of friends. But rivers can also be very dangerous, especially this year.    As […]
April 23, 2019

Bikes, books and kids

by Devon Balet There is a little known fact surrounding books and children in our country. In the United States, in low-income areas, there is ONE age appropriate book in the home for every THREE HUNDRED children. One in every 300. That number can be hard to grasp, especially if […]
April 9, 2019

Prescription Drug Safety Starts with You

by Cassidy Foster Many times, people are prescribed medication and are unsure of what to do once the medication is no longer needed. A lot of people hang on to the medication with the thought, “I may need this later,” whether it is a painkiller, an antibiotic, or maybe even […]
April 2, 2019

Invest in what matters to you: Volunteer!

by Abby Landmeier April is host to National Volunteer Month. Across Mesa County, hundreds of hours are given each day, thousands a year. Each hour leads us to having a stronger community and keeping access to essential services going. Volunteering helps an organization and empowers individuals. Lending thought to the […]
March 19, 2019

Colorado National Monument’s best spring hikes

by Johanna van Waveren Spring is my favorite time of the year to hike in Colorado National Monument. Picture waterfalls and streams flowing through red rock canyons that normally are as dry as, well, a desert. Keep your eyes peeled for the baby bighorn sheep shadowing their protective mothers. Bright […]
March 6, 2019

Recreation is Connection

by Troy Ward Recreation: noun 1. Refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like. 2. A pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment. Recreation is about experiencing connection. When we participate in recreation, our bodies are able to connect with something and disconnect from […]
January 10, 2019
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Financial wellness in the New Year

by Amy Weitzel More than 40% of all Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck and have difficulty meeting their household expenses each month, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study. The same study says more than 72% of American workers are highly impacted by student loans and 24% have pulled money out of their […]
December 4, 2018

Surrender and shed, tips on surviving change

by Lindsay Maurer Some changes in life are forced on us. Aging is one.  Other changes are the result of choices we make to better our lives or accomplish goals we have set. Either way, change is challenging, and we always have a choice about how we will handle the […]