Connecting Wellness and Work

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

IBI Data of Brownsdale, MN creating conditions in the work space to make healthy choices easier!

The environment we work in is a factor that significantly impacts our overall health. Regardless of where you work or the type of work you do, we can each have a direct influence on the environments we spend time in.   We don’t have to wait for a wellness program at work to be developed or be offered a “carrot”; we can begin in our own little space to create an environment that makes well-being the cultural norm.


2014 Refreshed Lunch & Learn Topics

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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2014 Refreshed Lunch & Learn Topics


Refreshed Living: Creating Sustainable Changes

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The human heart has the ability to change the world; the changes typically begin with small decisions that are often driven by our needs or desires, fueled by our heart, the things we are passionate about.  We explored in Refreshed Living last month the importance of our environments (our kitchen cupboards or fridge, work spaces, even your purse or backpack).  How they encourage us in making the desired changes to be healthier or become roadblocks.  This month we are going to add a second action step to improve the odds that the changes you seek to make will stick.


Join Us! March 19th 12-1pm | Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Lunch and LearnWHEN:
March 19th, 2014

JC Hormel Nature Center
Austin, MN


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.


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.

Coming up…the next Refreshed Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Refreshed Lunch & Learn

Be Well ComputerWhen:
Wednesday November 20th, 2013

Austin Public Library
323 4th Ave NE Austin, MN



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.


Making it Stick

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

January 1 seems months away (actually it’s only about 50 days ago) as we try to remember what our resolutions were.   We may seek to lose weight, be more attentive to our families when home, drink more water, live within our budget or maybe get more organized at work.  Overcoming the “less healthy” habits seem to trip us up, hindering us from letting go of that old behavior and successfully living out the new  healthier  habits.

Whatever we had set out to change or improve, the day to day work demands and stressors of life tend to grab our attention and energy.   Good intentions fall aside leading to the eventual outcomes most of us encounter…defaulting to the old habits.


Celebrating Wellness in the Workplace

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Refreshed Business of the YearMower County has a tremendous variety of commerce that offers not only employment opportunities but also an opportunity to impact the health of our county’s workforce and their families.

Mower Refreshed is proud to reveal a platform to celebrate and promote businesses that are taking simple steps to encourage a healthier workforce.  At the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce Annual meeting in 2013, Mower Refreshed will present the first “Refreshed Business of the Year” (RBY) award.