Posts Tagged ‘Research Results’


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.

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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What Motivates Mower County

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Reflecting on what motivates people can provide valuable insight into how to create work environments and consumer experiences that improve health and productivity.

In 2010, when Mower Refreshed was beginning to gather community data on health and wellness, anthropologists settled into the Austin area for three months. Their focus was to define health and wellness in the Austin community, understand individual behavior and choice as it relates to health decision-making and understand community services and social networks in Austin.

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