Healthier Choices

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• To develop sustainable strategies that encourages the population of Mower County to make healthier choices.

• Increase access to and awareness of healthier food choices.
• Increase active living opportunities and active lifestyles.
• Promote and support tobacco free living.




CircleRefreshed Dining: Refreshed Dining is a grassroots effort to increase awareness of and access to healthier dining options in Mower County. We are focused on making healthy choices easier to order and more appealing while being offered at a fair price.

CircleRefreshed Kids School Assembly Pilot Program: A wellness platform for creating and experimenting to discover how to engage kids in well-living through active learning. Empowering area schools, daycares and organizations to equip kids in understanding their role in managing their own health through innovative and fun venues.

CircleDiabetes Outreach: Collaborative YUSA Diabetes Prevention Program at the YMCA of Austin. The program’s purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Currently, diabetes affects nearly 26 million people.

CircleFamily Kitchen Connection: Pilot program launched by our 2016 Intern, Kari Li. Family Kitchen Connection raises awareness of local access points for whole foods, the impact that family dinners have on family health, and increases the intention to cook and eat together as a family.



CircleWellness Wednesday: Take the Wellness Wednesday challenge to explore ways to live well in Mower County! Consider what small steps you might take to make Wednesdays healthier where you live, work, play and learn!

Circle Breathe Refreshed: A challenge for you to create a new life habit and exercise your lungs with refreshed air! Consider what steps you might take to make quitting tobacco a reality!

CircleGet Moving Mower: Promoting active living opportunities and active lifestyles.




CircleHarvest 5K: Harvesting Healthy Communities and making healthy choices easier for everyone in Mower County! An annual 5K Run/Walk that raises awareness of the need for healthy food donations to county-wide food shelves and proceeds go to purchase healthy food options to be distributed to local food shelves.

CircleKnow Your Numbers: Knowing your wellness numbers can have a big impact on your life and those you care about. Learn what wellness numbers are, what they mean and connect with community resources to equip and empower you to live well at this free public event.



Hy-Vee’s Sprouts Children’s Garden
Healthy Habits with the Austin Bruins



CircleMenu Planner: Would you like to have healthier meal times? Preplanning your menu and shopping list can make a huge difference! We’ve created this tool to help you make healthy choices easier.

CircleActive Dice Game: Need a fun, simple and quick game to play? Our Active Dice Game gets your guests moving and the only props needed are this printout, a marker and dice!

CircleLocal Food Shelves: A list of Food Shelves serving Mower County.



Healthy Food Donation Ideas: Donate healthy food options to harvest healthy communities!



CircleEat Fresh, Eat Local: A list of local farms, farmers’ markets and CSA’s.