Stories written by Veronica Daehn Harvey

Veronica Daehn Harvey is communications manager at the Mesa County Health Department. Contact her at It’s also possible to connect with the health department on Facebook at and on Twitter @MesaCountyHD.

Help in the workplace for mothers

Returning to work after having a baby can be difficult for new mothers for numerous reasons. Many women choose to return to their professions after maternity leave, though. In 2012, 65 percent of women with children under 18 were employed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite state and federal laws that require employers to […]

Wheel benefits: Activities peddle bicycling commuting

Remember the excitement of getting your first bike when you were a kid? How about the euphoric feeling of freedom when you learned to ride without training wheels? Who can forget summer days spent riding your bike to the pool to meet your best friend for an afternoon of carefree, adult-free, we-got-here-ourselves fun? For many […]

Healthy effort: Small steps make big differences

Implementing a worksite wellness program can sound daunting. Where do I start? What exactly do I do?  If you’re an employer, it might feel like just another thing to add to your seemingly insurmountable to-do list. Worksite wellness programs don’t necessarily require a lot of time or money, however. They doesn’t have to be difficult. […]

Culture of wellness: Small steps offer big gains

As an employer, should you you try to make a difference in the lives of your employees? Do you want to? Should you have to? The answer is yes to all of the above. Healthier employees are happier employees. They’re more productive and take fewer sick days. Employees in good health contribute to the overall […]

Get heart healthy: Small steps make a big difference

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and about 600,000 people die from heart disease each year. That’s one out of every four deaths. Such factors such as high blood pressure, […]

Don’t mess with stress: Make workplace less tense place

Stress in any form is no fun. That goes for stress at home or on the job. The Wellness Councils of America defines stress as the inability to cope with a threat to your well-being that results in a series of physical responses and adaptations. Stress is such a personal phenomenon, though, that everyone experiences […]

Take steps to prevent presenteeism

Just because employees make it to work, it doesn’t mean they’re actually at work. Presenteeism — employees who’re at their desks, but not engaged in actual work — hurts the bottom line just as much, if not more, than employees who call in sick or never show up at all. Both presenteeism and absenteeism can […]

Breastfeeding support healthy for businesses as well as babies

It’s no secret returning to work after having a baby can be difficult. Leaving a new baby at daycare, worrying about the child being properly cared for and fitting back into the workplace culture — let alone pre-pregnancy work clothes — all can feel overwhelming. For women who choose to return to work after maternity […]

Apps, gadgets and websites promote workplace wellness

Staying healthy is a smart move. We all know this. But making it happen can be more of a challenge. Health is important to individuals, of course, but also to employers. Why? Because healthy employees are often happier and more productive. Healthier employees miss fewer days because of illness and tend to be more engaged […]

Getting engaged: Employee productivity key issue

Here’s a troubling statistic for business owners and managers: Seven out of 10 American workers are either not engaged or actively disengaged at their jobs. That’s according to a 2010-2012 “State of the American Workplace” report from Gallup, a research and consulting firm that studies attitudes and behaviors. Houston, we have a problem. A big […]


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