Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration & Motivation’

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!

SNAPSHOTS of Mower Refreshed: From an Interns Lens

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

MowerRefreshedHeartWeek One


Hello! I’m Kari, the summer intern at Mower Refreshed (M.R.). I am excited to share my journey as an intern and a newcomer to Austin, MN with you this summer! I will be providing biweekly posts and snapshots of my experience here in Austin. I hope you enjoy my blog!

Here is a little about myself, I am a recent graduate at Winona State University where I majored in Public Health with an emphasis on Community Health and a minor in Chinese. I have always been interested in health, but my passion for health started in college. I was exposed to the many different avenues of health, but I choose Public Health because I am able to make small differences in whole communities through prevention.


What is Breathe Refreshed?

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

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

Join us March 6th thru the 19th while we promote tips and resources to help our community take a journey to breathing more refreshed!



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.


Oct 15: County Conversation: Destination Brownsdale!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Join area community members to continue exploring the work of creating environments, organizations, and community that focuses on well-being. Mower Refreshed County Conversations are designed to engage communities in recognizing the amazing resources they have and how to use those resources to impact the health and wellness of their communities. Join us to #growmowergoodbrownsdale!

RSVP to Deb Smith or 507.567.9951

Oct 11: Latinos Saludables Community Conversation

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Sunday, Oct 11 12:30-2pm | Latinos Saludables Community Conversation: Creating Environments for your Child to Success in School and Beyond | Queen of Angels, Austin, Partnering with Austin Aspires (, the Mower Refreshed Latinos Saludables team will host a conversation over soup that will engage, equip and empower those attending to consider how to creating spaces and relationships that help kids succeed in school and beyond.

RSVP at or 507.434.1039

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!


The Art of Reframing Wellness

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

picture framesReframing is central to wellness. How you and I frame experiences or circumstances has a direct impact on our personal wellness and the outcomes, good, bad, or otherwise. Why is the “art” of reframing worth your time to explore? The health of our communities depends on it.

The individual choices of how we frame situations in a community add up to a larger sum that reflects what is valued and the direction that community will inevitably move. In regards to health and wellness I’d like to share an example of how the reframing of an individual’s behavior impacted not only his own health but those of his tenants who he rented apartments to. It communicates how the single reframe impacts the sum outcome.


Mental Health First Aid

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Designed to teach the basic first aid skills needed to help a person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis, this 8-hour course is aimed at improving mental health literacy.

Understanding and recognizing the signs that someone needs help is the first step in getting that person appropriate care and treatment.

November 13th, 2014
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Grace Lutheran Church
918 Garfield Ave, Albert Lea, MN 56007
Registration is required: Visit to register.
Please bring a bag lunch.

Download Mental Health First Aid brochure for full details.

Is Your Wellness Program Asking Powerful Questions?

Friday, August 29th, 2014

“A friend” wants to lose some weight, kick the late night snack habit, stop over spending or quit smoking…the next part of the conversation typically plays out something like this: “There’s a great program for you” and likely there will be an App as a companion resource.

Historically, the pattern in health-focused organizations has been: there’s a problem, here’s a program. What we’ve learned in the past twenty plus years is that programs have start and stop points by design. It’s not bad, it just is.   Programs aren’t by nature designed to be sustained over a lifetime. It’s not a surprise then that a large majority of people seeking to adapt a behavior and enter a program will start a new habit but then stop after a period of time solely due to the design of programs.