Stories written by Mary Cornforth Cawood

Mary Cornforth Cawood is a health promotions manager with the Mesa County Health Department. Contact her at It’s also possible to connect with the health department on Facebook at as well on Twitter @MesaCountyHD.

Clean and safe: Take precautions with spring projects

Many of you read the public health updates and emerging issues releases from the Mesa County Health Department about various health topics in our community.  The first thing that probably comes to mind is how you can use this information to keep your homes safe and families healthy. But what about your businesses? Much of […]

Child care investments pay returns

There are an estimated 14.6 million working families with children under 6 years old in the United States. In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 64 percent of mothers with children under 6 were in the labor force, as were 58 percent of mothers with infants under 1. By one estimate, more […]

What a relief: Follow these tips for reducing holiday stress

The holiday season is just around the corner. While most of us look forward to gathering with family and friends, the holidays also bring stress that takes a toll on our health and workplace productivity. For many businesses, this is crunch time. Increased sales and service deliveries, end-of-year reports and completing projects before winter weather […]

Be prepared: Planning key to emergency response

As part of National Emergency Preparedness Month, the Mesa County Health Department spent September working with agencies to encourage residents to plan ahead so that if disaster strikes, our community is ready. When we talk about emergency planning, you typically think of preparing your home and family.  But what about your business? Would you or […]

Flu clinics offer a healthy shot in the arm

Given the great weather in the Grand Valley, it’s difficult to imagine summer soon will end. If the thought of frosty mornings and winter coats isn’t enough to make you shudder, what about the dreaded season of sniffles, coughs and the flu? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the flu costs about $10.4 […]

Employers reap benefits from supporting nursing mothers

Women comprise 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, and 70 percent of these women have children younger than 18 years old. Additionally, 62 percent of women who gave birth in the last year are a part of the labor force. These statistics show the importance of supporting nursing mothers in the workplace. Federal law […]

Thought for food: Program promotes safety

In 2014, 60 percent of reported outbreaks and 42 percent of outbreak-associated illnesses in the United States were related to food prepared in restaurants. Foodborne illnesses cost billions of dollars each year, including the expense of medical treatment as well as lost productivity. In Mesa County, businesses and the Mesa County Health Department work together […]

Peddling pedaling: Bike to work

June is everyone’s favorite month here at the Mesa County Health Department. Why? June is  Colorado Bike Month. Colorado has designated June as Bike Month to promote bicycling for transportation, fun and health. This is part of a nationwide effort to encourage everyone from novices to experts to ride their bikes to work, on errands […]

Lending a helping hand at work

It’s estimated that one in four adults in the United States exhibit symptoms of mental health or substance abuse disorders. Sadly, only 29 percent of those with depression contacted a mental health professional in the last year.   It might come as no surprise, then, the leading cause of absenteeism in the U.S. is depression and […]

Volunteer for the health of it

April might be National Volunteer Month, but volunteering constitutes good business all year long. Consider the numbers. In 2014, 62.8 million Americans volunteered a total of 7.9 billion hours, time valued at $184 billion. In Colorado, 30.9 percent of residents volunteer — a force of 1.24 million. These volunteers donated 159.5 million hours, $3.7 billion […]


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