Posts Tagged ‘#GrowMowerGood’

Positive Community Norms

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

An outdoor yoga class, people biking, families walking together, folks carrying water bottles with them, fresh fruit or veggies at a work meeting, intentional kindness to people who pass us in the grocery store or a parking lot…these are examples of creating positive community norms. They give us a picture, examples of what is valued and how people behave in a community (town/workplace/family) …what the norm is…how we do life and work…how we do relationships. It has the power to influence how healthy a community is.

(Photo courtesy of Cedar River Watershed District)


2016 Refreshed Business of the Year

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Workforce Development, Inc.

Congratulations to Mike Postsma and the team at Workforce Development, Inc. on receiving the 2016 Refreshed Business of the Year at the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce! Mike is pictured here with our Mower Refreshed intern and Healthier Choices Team Facilitator, Deb Smith.

The folks at Workforce Development, Inc in Austin, MN have done an amazing job on creating a culture of wellbeing with limited resources. We’re excited to celebrate worksites who are making wellness about more than programs and doing the work of shifting environments, making healthy living at work easier and more accessible!

You guys inspire us!

Austin Positive Action Coalition (APAC)

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Creating a safe a welcoming community

As a community member, you will always have that opportunity to influence someone else’s life. How will you face that challenge? For the past several months I have had the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of people that
truly want to create a safe and welcoming community. This group is formally known as APAC (Austin Positive Action Coalition). The group meets monthly and was organized as part of a 5-year grant that was awarded to the community
of Austin by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division. The Parenting Resource Center is the local host organization for the planning and Implementation of the grant.


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.


Austin Area Baby Cafe

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Now open at Austin Public Library every Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30pm!

New mothers and mothers-to-be are invited to celebrate the launch of the Austin Area Baby Café on Wednesday, March 22. Established in 2000, Baby Café is a national network of breast-feeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information with a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breast-feeding from skilled practitioners and each other.



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?


Each day holds opportunity

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Life plays out in every twenty four hour period specific situations, circumstances, or interactions that impact us, impact our wellbeing. While some of what we are impacted by (directly or indirectly) each day is beyond our control, we always hold the power to determine how we respond and react.


SNAPSHOTS of Mower Refreshed: From an Interns Lens

Friday, September 9th, 2016

It’s time to say goodbye…

Time flies when you’re having a good time. It’s time for me to say goodbye to Mower Refreshed. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to intern with such a great organization and to be under the supervision of Sandy Anderson! Thank you for showing me such strength and perseverance in becoming independent and competent in community engagement. I also want to thank everyone who has helped me gain the confidence and skills to do more good wherever I go next.



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