Though some would say we who live and work here could predict outcomes, it was important to have research that was objective and independent to assure accurate and fair reporting. We have sought from the beginning to avoid influencing Mower Refreshed efforts by our own limited opinions, experiences, and quite honestly personal or professional agendas, but strive to work with results and feedback that are research based to keep Mower Refreshed authentic and citizen-centered.
Significant insight was drawn from the hundreds of conversations and surveys that took place throughout the Austin area with samplings that reflected Mower County. The overall response to defining health and wellness was “I want to live a long and healthy life so that I can take care of myself and do what I need to every day without constraints because _______ count(s) on me.”
We speculated and the anthropologists who performed the research agreed, that if this same fieldwork was performed in other parts of the country it may have revealed different sources of motivation, perhaps in some areas even a self-centered motivation to be healthy. Knowing overall that Mower County citizens are motivated by the relationships and responsibilities they have with and for others provides key information when we consider how to improve the health of Mower County’s workforce.
Understanding what motivates us in Mower County to make healthy choices or to develop habits that improve our overall wellness gives opportunity to question and then reflect on intention: How are you and I being intentional to encourage and support healthy lifestyles with those we have relationships with and are responsible for?
Next month we’ll explore practical applications with work and family regarding the information on what the local research revealed as the primary motivator and begin to look at the next focus of the anthropologists in better understanding individual behavior and choices in our county and how that might impact the workplace.
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