I have been a part of the Harvest Fest event for three years. We decided to have an event that would help strengthen families by letting them know of free or low cost activities to do together in Mower County, and to help them know more about Downtown Austin businesses and other services and organizations that focus on well-being.
What genuinely surprises me is the number and caliber of local businesses and organizations that jump on board to help with this event.
United Way is more than just the middle-man between community and resources – we are the go-to destination for problems to be solved. While United Way serves an important role in Mower County, it is collaborations with organizations like Mower Refreshed that really make change happen. We rely on Mower Refreshed and the Community Health Needs Assessment to inform investment decisions for health-related programs.
It was more like “45 minutes with,” but Mark Wachlin, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, has a lot to say. “I’m passionate about what I do,” he says. Mark has been working with Mayo Clinic Health System Fountain Centers for 12 years and is currently counseling in Austin with those struggling with addiction. Take a few minutes to get to know Mark.
Fall is a great time to get active and pick your own food at local orchards, pumpkin patches, and farms. These experiences provide a great opportunity to take fresh, unprocessed produce and use them in creative ways at home.
Think outside the box and have fun experimenting! Roast pumpkin seeds, dry apple rings for a delicious and healthy snack or use spaghetti squash instead of noodles in your favorite pasta dishes.
A 2017 report released by Wisconsin HOPE Lab found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. college students within the last year struggled with food insecurity.
This means they’ve had to eat less than they should to stay healthy or they’ve skipped meals due to lack of sufficient funds. Austin’s Riverland Community College took steps to reduce this stress so students could focus on learning, not wonder where they would get their next meal.
“Does anyone in your family struggle with chemical dependency?” he asked me. I shook my head no. “Really?” he said with surprise. “No one?” I had to think, because I felt I had given the wrong answer. “How about your friends? Colleagues? The people you interact with on a regular basis?”
Well now, he was casting the net a little wider and made me think. I recently learned of someone in a ministry role who struggled with alcoholism … someone you wouldn’t “think” would have issues with alcohol.
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