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September 15, 2020

Interrupt Anxiety with Gratitude

by Linde Marshall “Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.” – Albert Schweitzer There’s a good news movement on the rise! I am welcoming this movement because positive thoughts are proven to counter negativity and anxiety and increase happiness and emotional health. As parents, focusing on […]
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 […]
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 […]
April 30, 2019

Pump up your tires – Bike Month is here!

by Gary Stubler May is Bike Month in the Grand Valley. This active observance is organized by Mesa County Public Health and includes a variety of events—like FREE breakfast for those who bike to work on May 8th, a mountain bike film festival on May 16th, and a Bike Month […]
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 […]
October 13, 2016
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Walk to School Day 2016

by Healthy Mesa County Staff Fall is in the air. The leaves rustle in the tree tops as they hold on just a while longer, then make their descent to the cool autumn ground.  The brisk air of a fall morning fills your lungs.  A game of following the leader […]
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 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, […]
February 16, 2016
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The Elephant in the Room: Prediabetes and What You Need to Know About It

by Lindsay Maurer EP, LMT, CKTP Imagine you’ve just been to your doctor for your annual physical and he or she tells you that you have prediabetes.  Don’t let the “pre” in prediabetes fool you into thinking it’s not really a problem now.  Eighty-six million Americans have prediabetes—that’s 1 out […]
January 11, 2016
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One Good Action Can Lead to Something Much, Much Better

by Mary Beth Luedtke When individuals and a community respond to a need, there are always unintended consequences.  In the case of Kids Aid, the Backpack Program began because of one elementary child late for school.   She literally bumped into the program’s founder and his wife (Mike and Debbie Berry), […]
December 14, 2015
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Seeing with vision

by Leigh Fitch Throughout history, from Shakespeare’s pen to modern screenwriters, the ink has flowed freely when it comes to adolescence. That time of life has long been the butt of jokes. Many of its elements make up the foundation of Humor 101 and the topics are almost universally relatable. […]