When I converse with customers in the aisles, it is not uncommon for them to say “My TV doctor/cousin/best friend/magazine said that I shouldn’t eat (blank) or (blank).” Just when I think I’ve heard it all (gluten, diet soda, eggs, potatoes, artificial sweeteners and sugar, to name a few!), I hear another item that the general population is not supposed to eat.
I can relate to the customer’s frustrations, as it is even hard for me as a nutrition professional to sort through all the fads and evolving research.
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.
I’m Debara Smith; first and foremost I am a mother of 8 and grandma of 11 wonderful energetic children ages 4 month to 11 years old.
I have been the Director of the Brownsdale Grace Gillette Public Library going on 14 years. I am a regular reference desk sub at the Austin Public Library and involved in a variety of community groups including Mower Refreshed.
We naturally respond to yes with more energy than no. Anyone who has raised kids or takes the time to recall the begging behavior they probably took part in knows the routine of bouncing from parent to parent to get a yes… either from misrepresentation of a parent by the child or pure exhaustion on the part of the parent!
Authenticity is something I strive to reflect in my professional and personal life. Keeping those two worlds separate can be almost impossible and in the past year I’ve sought to find a balance, learning that complete separation is impossible.
January 2016 would challenge that balance as I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (breast cancer) with triple negative hormone receptors. After a clean mammogram in August 2015, three months later I discovered a lump, and then grateful I was able to access excellent healthcare locally at Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea-Austin as well as Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
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