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Mower Refreshed is inviting you to Breathe Refreshed!

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Breathe_Refreshed_CampaignMower Refreshed is committed to promoting and supporting tobacco-free living in Mower County. Why Breathe Refreshed? The health benefits are plentiful! There is no shortage of “No smoking” and stop smoking signs and promotions. This campaign is focused on the gains of creating a new life habit vs what those who currently smoke would lose if they quit.

We will be campaigning for our community to Breathe Refreshed this March.

The Breathe Refreshed campaign will take place Sunday, March 6th thru Saturday, March 19th. During that time period we will be showcasing local stories and local reasons to breathe refreshed, research results, and resources for community members who wish to take the first steps to living smoke free.

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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.

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The Movement Develops and Grows!

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Mower Refreshed Partners & Friends!   Mower Refreshed Brand Identifier mobile page                     

Mower Refreshed (MR) is continuing to experience exciting growth and increased engagement. The idea of creating environments that foster well-being, making healthier choices easier and more assessable is slowly, and with steady movement, having impact due to volunteers and partners like you!

Here are some key developmental growth points that have occurred in the past two months that are important for you, our partners to know and celebrate!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Feedback that Fuels Action

Friday, January 11th, 2013

The 3rd Annual Wellness Summit provided an environment that fostered energy and encouragement as the past year was reviewed, current efforts were featured and feedback was shared to direct the steps of this unique citizen-driven movement that seeks to make healthier choices easier for us all.

Over eighty citizens gathered Friday, October 5th at the Hormel Historical Home, representing county-wide businesses, schools, service organization, faith communities and citizens, all committed to exploring sensible ways to improve the health of Mower County.

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Classroom Collaborations with Business

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Yellow buses dotting the highways and community streets mark another opportunity for a powerful collaboration:  business and education.

The level of engagement between these two sectors has primarily centered on job shadowing or internships and businesses supporting their local schools and extracurricular activities.  Mower Refreshed is exploring how growing the collaborations between students and businesses could positively impact health in the classroom, current worksites and the next generation workforce.

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