County Connections: SHIP Mower County

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) of Mower County is delighted to once again partner with Mower Refreshed to bring you County Connections. The goal of SHIP is to help Minnesotans live healthier lives by preventing risk factors that lead to chronic disease. Program funding is through the Minnesota Department of Health and works to prevent chronic disease by using strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness based on research and proven best practices. As the new Community Health Specialist and SHIP Coordinator for Mower County, my role is to partner with organizations to increase access to healthy foods, promote active living and reduce tobacco exposure.


Collective Impact

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Collaboration is a term tossed around community tables and within organizations with ease, because at the root, we know it’s the right thing to do…and if we are dealing with limited resources it may be desperation to survive that forces you to the table initially, but it’s the collective impact that keeps you there. Could we impact with greater strength if we explore what collaboration in the form of collective impact looks like, feels like, and offers communities who dare to go beyond collaboration?


Take the Sting Out of the Science Fair

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

science-fair-3The 2017 STEAM Expo (science fair) will be on February 24, 2017 at IJ Holton Intermediate School. While it is still months away, it is not too early to start talking with your 3rd or 4th grade students about participating. It takes time to select and complete a project for this event.




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.




Investing in early childhood is an investment in a healthy community!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Students enjoying the gym

Students enjoying the gym

Research shows that an investment in early childhood has long term benefits to a community. A large number of studies have been conducted over the years to support this claim. The basic theme in all of the research is that a child’s quality of life and the contributions that child makes to society as an adult can be traced to his or her first years of life.








Monday, August 29th, 2016

CVRC LogoOne of the simplest, yet toughest things a person can do in their lives is asking for help. Such stigmas like being weak, needy, or incompetent often are attached with asking for assistance. However, these stigmas could not be more further from the truth!

Asking for help is one of the bravest, most inspiring, and life transforming things you could do for yourself and those you love. By asking for help, you are opening up a whole new world of opportunities that would otherwise be closed off. Asking for help allows you to build trust.


Healthy Habits with the Austin Bruins

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

School kids throughout Mower County have a unique opportunity to invite the Austin Bruins hockey players for a classroom visit to promote how healthy choices are important to being a healthy person. Players share how making smart choices about health makes them better hockey players and citizens. For more information, visit

Hy-Vee’s One Step Garden Program

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Formerly Sprouts Children’s Garden, Hy-Vee’s One Step Garden Program is nutrition and garden-based program for children that consists of helping to maintain the garden, participating in food tastings and learning about healthy eating. Mower Refreshed is proud to have collaborated on this project in the past!


SNAPSHOTS of Mower Refreshed: From an Interns Lens

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

MowerRefreshedHeartProgram Planning
Week Two

It’s been four weeks here in Austin, MN and I am liking it! Over these last few weeks I was able to connect with many different individuals from different organizations. I feel so welcomed and appreciate everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to meet with me.

What have I been up to these last couple of weeks? Well, I have been working on a pilot program called Family Kitchen Connection where two English speaking families and two non-English speaking families come together to cook a healthy American or ethnic style dish. Afterwards they will eat the meal together and converse on the importance of cooking and eating as a family. The goal of this pilot program is to build connections and relationships within the community, as well as learn about local resources on where to buy healthy affordable foods, and build healthy families by preparing a meal and eating as a family.


Accessing Healthcare in the Mower County Area

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Healthcare Options CoverHave you ever wondered:

How do I decide when to get care?
Where should I go when needing care?
What choices do I have in the Mower County area?
How much might the care cost?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone. These very questions have surfaced frequently as we all adapt to the continuous changes in healthcare. While I was facilitating a conversation at the Community Learning Center in an English Language Learner Class on wellbeing, similar questions began to be shared.