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Mower Refreshed holding Wellness Summit

Published 4:48pm Saturday, October 5, 2013

Mower Refreshed will hold its fourth annual Wellness Summit from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1600 W. Oakland Ave.

The event — split into two formats this year to increase citizen input — offers the public a chance to learn what has happened in the past year and influence the coming year for Mower County. Thursday will be a mini summit, and Friday will be the full event.

Nancy Riestenberg, of the Minnesota Department of Education, will be the keynote speaker Friday, giving a presentation, “Playgrounds & Rollercoasters: the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the developing brain,” and another on “Ordinary Magic: Resiliency and the Community.”

Mower Refreshed — a community health movement focused on creating and supporting established preventative health initiatives in Mower County — was created by Mayo Clinic in 2010.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin created Sandy Anderson’s position, Mower Refreshed coordinator, to give the movement a full-time director.

The group works on projects established at the previous year’s summit or created throughout the year.

Refreshed has numerous projects it has supported or helped create — like Hy-Vee’s Sprouts children’s gardening classes, a Refreshed monthly wellness tip, a Take 5 mental health initiative, and Wellness Wednesdays with the Austin Bruins, just to name a few.

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