Austin Community Education is proud to offer the third annual More Than Pink program this summer. More Than Pink is a program to inspire third through sixth grade girls to stay true to themselves and live free from societal stereotypes.
When you think of Grand Meadow Schools, you may first think of the unique dome shaped buildings out on the prairie. Or you may recall that the school finished a massive building expansion project in December of 2016 which included a new gym, track and classrooms. Staff at Grand Meadow School have been hard at work to make sure they are known for much more than just that. Grand Meadow is a growing, thriving community and they have set out to ensure that their population’s health is thriving, as well.
As many of us know, innovation is not always easy to achieve. We get stuck in the same old rut of our day in day out routine. Appointments, errands, school obligations, and the demands of keeping up around the house can be exhausting. With the warmer weather just around the corner, I challenge you all to think about being just a little innovative in the form of your health.
Did you know that May is National Bike Month? National Bike to Work Week is May 15-19, and National Bike to Work Day is May 19.
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.
Over the past year Mower County Health and Human Services (MCHHH) and Mayo Clinic Health System, Austin campus have collaborated through Mower Refreshed to learn what the community health needs are from…the communities we serve.
This homegrown model of completing what is a federally mandated Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), has become a value tool to keep a close pulse on what the local health needs, who is doing the front line work of meeting those needs effectively AND how can we partner. It also pushes us to look for any gaps where the needs are not yet being met.
As we focus on sustainable giving, the Mower Refreshed team wanted to share about an important organization that is impacting the lives of many who live in and around Mower County. Our communities are not unique in the struggle to end violence and the health complications that grow out of the devastation. Mower Refreshed is about supporting and promoting solutions that offer all community members access to a healthier life. Our Mental Fitness team is especially committed to organizations like Crime Victims Resource Center (CVRC) who are the frontline to offering hope and a new start.
Each year a space in Mower County is filled with innovative thinkers who fuel the efforts and very movement of Mower Refreshed. This year was a pivotal year: more communities in Mower County and beyond represented, wider range of ages (15 years and older) and an increase in ethnicity groups, all ready to engage in tackling challenges the teams (Healthier Choices, Mental Fitness, Workforce Wellness) requested input on.
Photo from Refreshed Kids program at Neveln After School Academy 2012
Proper diet and exercise has many health benefits. Mayo Clinic states that exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, and can be fun. There are many more exercise benefits. Doctor John J. Ratey, author of SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, has scientifically proven that aerobic exercise physically alters the brains chemistry for peak performance.
Refest is around the corner: Saturday, September 14th 11:00am-4:00pm. This celebration of green living and clean energy is an annual event in Mower County and this year is relocating to the Mower County Fairgrounds to accommodate growth and expansion of partnerships and family fun activities to engage in.
The Refest event has three primary goals:
1. Educate citizens about the current issues regarding carbon emissions and the impact they have on the environment. Learn what green living and sustainability are all about.
ENGAGING in efforts making healthy choices easier in Mower County EQUIPPING communities to grow sustainable wellness solutions EMPOWERING people to create a culture of wellness where they live, work, play and learn