Author: Ashley Kayser

Newsletter 2019 – July/August


In the Flow

KATHIE GARRETT, M.A., Clinical Associate

For the past few weeks, I have been engaged in a personal gastronomic mindful meditation. My intention is to restore trust in myself as an intuitive eater. How I came to doubt my ability to make healthy food choices is interesting. You see, I’ve had a lifelong healthy relationship with food. I love the taste, smell, and feel of fresh whole food. Moreover, I deeply appreciate the magical effect a spoonful of herbs or spices can have on food, transforming something plain into a mouth-watering gem. Perhaps most importantly, I did not inherit the family “sweet gene” or learn as a child to view food as a primary go-to source for emotional comfort. So, how is it then that I lost my flow and began to question my relationship with food?

Newsletter 2019 – March/April

Kathie Garrett

In the Flow

Kathie Garrett, M.A., Clinical Associate

Recently, I had the opportunity to lead a BHWP Work and Well-Being seminar for medical students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. One of the activities we include in the seminar is Defining Your Values. We invite students to choose their ten top values, and then, through a process of elimination, whittle that list down from ten to five to three to one. This activity helps students to clarify their values and draw associations between their core values and lifestyle choices. What students discover is that there are often one or two core values under which all other values are subsumed. When our daily lifestyle choices and health behaviors are not aligned with these core values, we may feel unbalanced or disconnected from the natural “flow” of life.

In preparation for the seminar, I thought about the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. Using a process similar to the Defining Your Values activity, I considered each of the eight wellness domains within the context of my overall sense of well-being. What I learned is that, for me, environmental wellness is the most salient dimension. It is the swaddle that cradles all that is essential to me in life.

Newsletter 2019 – January/February



CINDY MORRIS, Psy.D., Clinical Director

With each transition, comes a new opportunity. A chance to do and see things differently. An opportunity to be transformed. Transitions come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s ringing in a new year, traveling to a place yet unknown, or arriving home from a day of work, we have the chance to set a new goal or intention for the next segment of our lives, no matter how long or short it may be.

In the spirit of appreciation for the power of transitions, I’d like to set my intention for 2019. My intention is to be more intentional. Let me explain. As we move through our lives, we develop habits—patterns of being, thinking, and doing that ease our movement through the world. These grow out of our learning about what is most efficient or effective, saving us time and energy. Or they are simply automatic responses we’ve repeated many times before. While these habits can bring feelings of comfort and ease, they also bring rigidity and lack of awareness and present a barrier to positive growth and change. We become fixed in a structure with few novel and interesting experiences. While we feel safe as we engage in the familiar and known, there is little room for what we really want, which are novel opportunities—encounters with the potential to spark something new in us. Something to help us to tap into the magic of our everyday experience.


The Year of Cessation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated 2019 as the Year of Cessation. Please see the featured article Your Year to Quit Smoking along with attached graphics.

This article:

  • Encourages people who smoke to make 2019 the year they quit for good.
  • Promotes tools and resources to help them if they need it.
  • Shares the story of James, one of CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign participants.
    • In the video “No, I Won’t Buy You Smokes,” James shares how a conversation with this roommate helped reinforce his decision to be smoke-free.

Newsletter 2018 – November/December


BHWP Spotlight

CHAD MORRIS, Ph.D., Director

Certain foods conjure up memories of friends, family, and moments in time. Some of the experiences I savor include watching my maternal grandfather cook fried bologna—possibly the only thing he knew how to cook—at their home in Minnesota. Add a little mayonnaise, and at that time in life, it was the most delicious food I could imagine. Corn bread, baked beans, overcooked porkchops, and cherry pie are intertwined with weekends spent with my grandparents on my father’s side. Whether it was a summer day, Thanksgiving or Christmas, it was the same amazing comfort food. And as the last leaves of the season dance through the yard, pozole brings back times spent with friends as the Broncos played in the background. From simple fare to culinary delights, we offer you some of our favorite recipes to try as you create new memories this holiday season. Voilà!

RMTTS Training Program – May 13-16, 2019

Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16, 2019 Click Here for Transportation and Lodging Information Training Schedule: Monday,

Motivational Interviewing: Enhancing Healthy Change

Reflect on how you feel when a patient or client does not follow your well-intended, evidence-based, even profound health-promoting recommendations. Do you feel frustrated, angry, impatient? Do you label the person “non-compliant” or “difficult?”

Perhaps what we have here is a failure to communicate. I just completed a course on Advanced Motivational Interviewing (MI) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. It was hosted by skilled facilitators from the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program and attended by counselors, tobacco cessation specialists, psychologists, health coaches, and physicians. We worked collaboratively in teams to discover how to improve our abilities to communicate, facilitate change, and unlock motivation.

Read the full article here.

Registration Open for Upcoming BHWP Trainings

Registration is currently open for several of our upcoming trainings. The trainings are held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

Our next Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist training is scheduled for October 14-17. Register today!

The Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist (RMTTS) Training Program trains interdisciplinary healthcare providers and community and public health professionals to become tobacco cessation champions for their organizations and communities. The program offers the highest quality tobacco treatment specialist program based on the latest evidence-based tobacco cessation research and treatment strategies.

Our next Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change training is scheduled! The Level I training will be held on November 6-7, 2019.  

Register Here to lock in Early Bird Pricing!

Do you want to improve the quality of your communication with patients? Or support your patients to successfully change their health behaviors? As a healthcare provider, you may feel frustrated when working with patients that seem “resistant” or “non-compliant” when it comes to behavior change. This can even affect your experience of connection, effectiveness, and job satisfaction. If you are interested in improving your patient interactions and increasing your ability to effectively support patients towards health behavior change, Motivational Interviewing (MI) training can help.

Wellness Tip

This holiday season, remember to allow time for you. Nourishing your self is as important as nurturing your friends and family.