Posts Tagged ‘#LiveMowerHealthy’

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)


Shooting Star Trail Bike Ride

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Prairie Vision’s Annual Shooting Star Trail Bike Ride is in its 19th year! This is a great opportunity for family and friends to ride the trail and enjoy the wild flowers, tall prairie grass and country life.







Refreshed Reads: Year of No Sugar

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Year of No Sugar: A Memoir
By Eve O. Schaub

Read and shared by: Julie Clinefelter


(Click on the book cover to find on Amazon!)



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.


Refreshed Read: The Gifts of Imperfection

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

The Gifts of Imperfection; Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brene’ Brown, PH.D.,L.M.S.W
Read and shared by: Deb Smith
(Click on the book cover to find on Amazon!)

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

~Photo Courtesy of the Austin Farmers’ Market

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will start a new class in March. The program is a lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes led by Jill Wagner, a certified Lifestyle Coach.

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. Another 79 million have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes, but only 11 percent are aware of it.


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 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.


Farm to table freshness: Local food vendors

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Each year we get excited to feature local food vendors in and around Mower County! It’s a sign that spring is arriving and fresh food options will abound in the coming months! We took time once again to connect with area markets, formal community supported agriculture farms (CSAs), and smaller local farmers making healthy, nutrient-rich choices easier for us all.