Thriving in the Trenches

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

img_1792In a room with over one hundred and eighty professionals, from a variety of fields, that work with people are asked this question: “How many of you received training in primary, secondary, or vicarious trauma in preparation for your career?”
Not a hand raised.

That’s a problem. Through a refreshed lens, it’s reframed by Mower Refreshed and our community partners as an opportunity. An opportunity to gather at the table and share collective wisdom on how to engage, equip and empower the folks in our communities doing the front-line work. An opportunity to say “Yes” to creating meaningful responses to those serving in challenging careers, empowering them and seeking to decrease burn out. Engaging the folks doing the work that often involves experiencing or viewing trauma first hand or through hearing another’s story.



Thriving in the Trenches: Minimizing the Impact of Trauma Exposure

Friday, November 4th, 2016

MowerRefreshedHeartExposure to toxicity at work for most is not a daily risk, for others it’s part of the nature of the very work they do. Professionals who are exposed to human suffering, observing traumatic events or circumstances, supporting those who have experienced trauma, or possibly being faced with a trauma first hand are at especially high risk for negative impacts on both their professional work and personal life.




Mower Refreshed: Speak Life

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Here’s an engaging tool to use in presentations, share in your organizations, faith communities, or as a personal inspiration to create environments that foster resiliency and strength! These two video options, created by Mower Refreshed volunteers that feature folks from our county, remind us that the words we speak, text, type, or write have the power to grow MOWER good! #GrowMowerGood #Take5InMower #SpeakLife



Mental Health First Aid

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Designed to teach the basic first aid skills needed to help a person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis, this 8-hour course is aimed at improving mental health literacy.

Understanding and recognizing the signs that someone needs help is the first step in getting that person appropriate care and treatment.

November 13th, 2014
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Grace Lutheran Church
918 Garfield Ave, Albert Lea, MN 56007
Registration is required: Visit to register.
Please bring a bag lunch.

Download Mental Health First Aid brochure for full details.

Moving Beyond Burnout to Balance

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014Take 5
8:30 am -12:00 pm
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
Austin, Minnesota

Register at or 507.440.2390


Changing our Environment | 2014 Action Goals for Mower Refreshed

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

As a movement we will continue to grow out of strength-based, solution-focused wellness approaches, rather than disease/problem focused. This unique and at times challenging focus is forging a culture shift that we have the opportunity to expand as we foster partnerships and collaborations with county- wide groups to improve the health of Mower County. This approach, though slow, will more likely lead to long term changes for individuals and communities.


Get Some Perspective!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Perspective is a funny thing.  We all seem to have a natural default when it comes to perspective and though it may be an automatic response, just below the surface lies intention:  intention to foster that perspective or to adjust it.

Opening our email reveals some insight to perspective.  Is it gratitude for employment or dread of what’s piling up in the box?  Does one frustrating email or text create a perspective that influences the rest of your day?  Do you see that angry email as an opportunity to respond with kindness or justification of your angry response?  Your perspective will fuel your response.


Wellness Summit 2013 Challenges

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

DSCF4873Targeting The Challenges to Surface Solutions

Here are the challenges the teams shared with summit participants.  At the tables people drilled down by asking “Why” questions to seek out what the root challenge(s) might actually be. This discovery is leading to working on solutions that will actually impact the root challenge.

Healthier Choices:  People regularly choose unhealthy food options at home and away from home.

Mental Fitness:  People of all ages in Mower County are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, isolation, hopelessness and depression.

Workforce Wellness:  Communicating wellness information to employees effectively.

Mower Refreshed Communication Guidelines

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Mower Refreshed Communication Guidelines

Media/Communication is defined as venues such as but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Website, Blog, Texting, Emails, Television, Video and Newsletters etc.

Mower Refreshed communication should strive to promote making healthy choices a priority, easier and more accessible for citizens across Mower County.


Adverse Childhood Experiences Workshop: June 13 | 2013

Friday, May 17th, 2013

On May 9th area leaders gathered to begin discussions about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  The group of thirty six had the opportunity to hear Nancy Riestenberg of the MN Department of Education and Autumn Baum of MN Department of Health share research on adverse experiences of children ages birth to eighteen and how those experiences directly impact health outcomes of children in their adult years.