Posts Tagged ‘Guest Author’

Reading for Wellness

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Deb Smith is Mower Refreshed’s current intern as she continues her education at Riverland Community College. It’s through her role as library director at the Brownsdale Grace Gillette Public Library, in Brownsdale, filling in at the Austin Public Library on a regular basis, and volunteering as the Mower Refreshed Healthier Choices Team facilitator, that Deb offers some valuable connections between reading and wellness:


Eat Refreshed: Get Growin’

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

In one month this past summer, I saved $180 by doing one single thing. Gardening. From July 7, 2016 to August 7, 2016, my family and I harvested cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, sugar snap peas, onions and potatoes from our family garden. After weighing and measuring everything we harvested, and then quantifying those measurements into prices, I was surprised to see how much we saved – nearly $200.


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.


Make Cooking Fun

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

3-1Okay, so the cold weather is here…I often hear from patients that they tend to gain and lose weight in cycles. They gain weight in winter but then see weight loss in the summer. With weight loss as the most common New Year’s resolution, it can be easy to dread cooking and dread eating because it means we have to make choices, or we regret our choices. But it doesn’t have to be this way!

Whether weight loss is a goal or not, you could start learning how to cook and how to make cooking fun! I have put together a few things that may help reignite your love of cooking and food in a world filled with drudgery and negative food messages. Not sure how to get started with family meals?! Consider the following ideas to help you find a family meal structure that works well for you.




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.


Backpack Program

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

backpackWhile some children are still going through their Halloween trick or treat bags looking over all the treats they managed to obtain, other children are relying on a different kind of bag. Not for treats but for snacks and meals essential to them having something to eat between lunch at school to breakfast the next school day. These bags are provided by a Back Pack Program.

This program provides children with a back pack that contains a breakfast item, a snack, a meal, and a fruit. This program started in the spring of 2011-2012 after teachers were inspired by stories from children about how there isn’t food in their homes and the teachers observing students inhaling their food on Mondays.




Creating an Inclusive Wellness Community : Guest Author Sara Bakken Lee

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Sara LeeEarlier this month, as part of a graduate program at the University of Minnesota Public Health Institute, I took a class, “Communicating about Health Disparities: Are you sending the right message?” Discussion focused on systems, structures, environments, policy, resource allocation, data collection, research (stay with me here, it gets more interesting, I promise!) as they relate to the relationship between health, race, cultural differences and place/where one lives. It was a thought-provoking class, with the instructor providing several examples of case studies, ads, public health campaigns and then questioning us on the purpose of each and how they were likely received by the intended audience.