By Anita Bissinger, LICSW, Mayo Clinic Health System
“Whatdya get for Christmas?”
Remember bragging or pouting when you came back to school after the New Year? Perhaps you could name every part of the G.I. Joe or Barbie collection. Now think back to last Christmas. Could you answer the same question? What did you get Aunt Maisie? Would she remember? She likely would remember the time spent together, even watching the latest generation of children play with their new toys. But her greatest joy was the time together.
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.
Hello! I’m Kari the summer intern at Mower Refreshed. It has been about a month since I moved to Austin and started this new role in community engagement.
• What have I learned in this past month? Well, I feel like I have gotten more hands on experience working with community engagement in this past month than in the last 4 years of college. While I was getting ready to launch my first event called, Family Kitchen Connection, I learned that if you find yourself getting too caught up in program planning and try to do too much too fast, you have to take a step back and remind yourself of the purpose.
A huge thank you to Kari Li and all the amazing work she did this summer! As the 2016 Community Engagement Intern for Mayo Clinic Health Systems at the Austin campus, Kari represented the Mower Refreshed framework: engage, equip, empower spectacularly!
I am currently a student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in health and wellness. I lived in Mower County for the first 16 years of my life before moving to Rochester and am excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community I grew up in. I believe that living well should be a priority, and it can be most successfully achieved with a balanced lifestyle.
Being proactive about your health is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I am particularly interested in holistic nutrition and the way in which food affects our bodies. I have a passion for educating young people about these basic concepts and encouraging them of the importance of preventative health. I am also focusing part of my studies in management as I hope to open my own wellness-centric business someday.
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