SNAPSHOTS of Mower Refreshed: From an Interns Lens

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Restaurant Road Trip: Where to find healthy dining options in Mower County

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Refreshed Dining locations to see what healthy options they had to offer. Check out what they had to say on why it’s important for them to offer healthy menu options and be a Refreshed Dining location!


Our Journey to Refreshed Dining

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Journey to Refreshed DiningRefreshed Dining truly is a grassroots effort to increase access to and awareness of healthier options when dining out in Mower County.

Community members of all ages throughout Mower County were surveyed regarding their needs and preferences when dining out. Information provided helped us better understand their experiences and desires when spending money on a meal.


Grow with us!

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Refreshed Dining BenefitsBenefits of Refreshed Dining For Your Business or Organization:
• Reach a growing target population in our county:
• Customers who are seeking healthy alternatives and options.
• Customers who are seeking fresh, farm to table ingredients.
• Proudly state that your establishment is actively being a part of the solution and collaborating to change the culture in our county: not taking choices away but making healthy choices easier when people dine out.

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Refreshed Dining Locations

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Refreshed_Dining_LocationsThese restaurants have committed to at least 5 of the 8 criteria set for Refreshed Dining. Look for Refreshed Dining specials and say thanks for making healthy options easier!

3B Eatery & Catering Company
401 1st Street | Lyle, MN 55953

Coffeehouse on Main
329 N Main St | Austin, MN 55912

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
701 17th Ave NW | Austin, MN 55912

Four Daughters Vineyard
78757 State Highway 16 | Spring Valley, Minnesota

If you are interested in learning more about this effort, visit

What criteria makes a Refreshed Dining Location?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Refreshed_Dining_CriteriaA team of community members, together with restaurant owners’ feedback, created criteria to be met in order to be named a Refreshed Dining Location.

Sustainability and sensibility were essential and the group determined that meeting five of the eight criteria would get a restaurant started.


Refreshed Dining Program

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Refreshed Dining Program“This initiative doesn’t mean taking choices away but focusing on the good that is already present and growing more of it.”
~Mower Refreshed, Refreshed Dining Program

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What is Refreshed Dining?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

What is Refreshed Dining

The Mower Refreshed Healthier Choices Team has adopted the Refreshed Dining Program!

Refreshed Dining is a grassroots effort to increase awareness of and access to healthier dining options in Mower County.

If you are interested in learning more about this effort, visit


The Refreshed Dining Project is Good Business

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Mower Refreshed is in the process of bringing together mower refreshed dining logoarea health professionals, consumers and business owners to explore ideas and share best practices when it comes to dining out in Mower County.

The Refreshed Dining Project is creating criteria that makes sense and is sensitive to the physical health of consumers, the environmental health of our communities and the fiscal health of our businesses.  An important focus of this project is be to solution-based, setting up a win-win relationship between the three (consumer/environment/owner).  This approach increases the likelihood of sustainable, long term positive impact for our county.