Over the past few generations we have become increasingly dependent on health care to keep us well. We’ve grown dependent in some ways as a culture, believing that in spite of the choices we make regarding our wellbeing, healthcare will have an answer or quick fix to reverse any negative symptoms we are experiencing. Interestingly, healthcare is only ten percent of what determines your health according to some research.
Knowing how, when, and where to access quality health care is a valuable tool that assists us when needed, but even in the middle of receiving medical care, our personal behaviors will often determine the effectiveness of care and potential health outcomes. We each can be empowered to actively engage in our own wellbeing.
In 2010, Mayo physician David Agerter, M.D. offered Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin a challenge to explore how to empower communities to focus on health not health care alone. His challenge reinforced that health determinants like individual choices in behavior and social health impact our well-being far more than visits to a health care provider. This was the start point of Mower Refreshed.
In this issue you’ll read about ways Mower Refreshed teams and community partners are engaging to create tools that assist us when we do need healthcare, the right care, right setting, right time. They don’t stop there. These amazing people and organizations we partner with are working to shift culture, to refocus towards creating environments where health thrives and health care alone is not our “go to” for improving our individual and community health determinants.
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