Pick yourself up at this year’s 10th Annual Fall into Health

Fall into Health has been connecting the community to local resources for 10 years now. You are invited Thursday, November 9 from 5-7 pm at the Morris Area Elementary School to participate in all this event has to offer.

The FREE annual event sponsored by Stevens Community Medical Center will once again feature lab testing, informational health-related booths, and a nutritious meal. There will also be flu shots and COVID-19 available during Fall into Health too (must pre-register.)

Also, new on the agenda this year is keynote speaker, Kristen Brown at 6 p.m.

Kristen will entertain you with her sense of humor and energetic, charismatic personality. Her story will engage and inspire the audience in the Concert Hall at Morris Area Elementary School.

Kristen knows firsthand what it’s like to hit rock bottom. As a young, widowed mother, she has had to overcome challenges in her work life and at home. “I know what it takes to show up as a leader and be resilient when life deals you a crappy hand,” said Kristen. Her messages vary depending on the audience.  Kristen regularly speaks at large companies including Target, CHS, Mayo Health and Medtronic about leadership and sales. She also talks about overcoming mental blocks and has been a speaker for the Minnesota Vikings and Timberwolves, two organizations that know a thing or two about resilience. The common denominator in her presentation is energy. She believes that we all have seven energy centers that motivate us and create a framework for awareness and growth.

“I know how to tap into my seven energy centers to get back on track quickly when it feels like work and life keep throwing out one big road block after another,” Kristen said. “This is how I have survived some of life’s worst challenges.”

Attend her presentation and learn energy hacks that you can use to create positive growth and fuel momentum for reaching goals. Kristen has authored two books and has several holistic wellness certifications. Kristen is one of 360 active Certified Speaking Professionals in the world but grew up just south of here in Montevideo. Now she lives in the Twin Cities with her daughter and Labrador.

A FREE fall-inspired community meal will consist of pork loin, Fresha carrots, a wild rice pilaf with dried cranberries and pecans, buns and pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting made by the Benson Bakery. SCMC works diligently to find a healthy balance and source items locally for this meal. There will be recipe cards and nutrition information visible and available at the event as well.

The FREE lab screenings that SCMC offers have been a crowd favorite too. Labs will be drawn starting at 5:00 and ending at 7:00 pm. No appointments necessary. The labs that are drawn include Glucose, Cholesterol, Hemoglobin (Hgb), and Vitamin D. Your results will be mailed back to you in a week or less. It is up to you to share these results with your primary care provider, but it is also very helpful for you to know your numbers so you can keep your health a priority! If there are any alarming values found from an event that SCMC draws labs at, you will be notified. 

There will be a variety of information booths showcasing different health-related topics. SCMC will have a number of their services and staff onsite as well. If you are interested and have a ‘healthy-initiative and service’ that relates to our community please reach out to SCMC Marketing Department at (320) 589-7631 OR sign up for a booth on the Fall into Health page at www.scmcinc.org. 

It would not be a complete health event without offering flu shots! Flu shots will be located in the concession stand area. You do need to register in advance. You can sign up on the Fall into Health page at scmcing.org. COVID-19 vaccine will also be available. You can call (320) 589-7600. Appointments will be from 5-7 pm.

As always in an event of this nature, we are kindly asking for individuals and groups that would be interested and willing to volunteer that day. We are looking for help setting up, tearing down, clearing tables during meal, helping serve meal, and dish duty. If you would like to help in any of these areas please reach out to the Outreach Coordinator at (320) 208-7803 or sign up to volunteer on the Fall into Health page at www.scmcinc.org.

Fall into Health is a community health initiative sponsored by Stevens Community Medical Center. A special thanks to Fresha, Stevens County Pork Producers, Benson Bakery, Willie’s SuperValu, Bix Produce, The Pumpkin Shack (Matt & Kelly Schmidgall), Morris Area School & Community Ed, and Morris Area Food Services for help, donations or support in this year’s event. 

You are invited to join us in promoting and improving health for all! We look forward to seeing you on November 9th.