Free virtual health and wellness summit set March 5

Crow Wing Energized event features an interactive community chat on COVID-19, a keynote speaker on mindfulness and meditation for Watering the Seeds of Wellbeing, fitness tips and the winner of the featured vegetable campaign. The annual event will be via Zoom. It is free, but participants need to register.

The virtual summit includes a morning community chat via Zoom beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the summit running from 9-11 a.m. March 5. The summit is free to attend. Participants are required to register. Submitted photo

The Crow Wing Energized eighth annual Health and Wellness Summit will provide a morning coffee chat with community leaders looking at COVID-19, a keynote speaker for Watering the Seeds of Well-being through Meditation and Mindfulness, and a look at healthy area winter activities.

This year’s session will be via Zoom. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required at .

The summit COVID-19 Coffee Chat is scheduled 8:30-9 a.m. with the annual summit continuing 9-11 a.m. March 5.

The subject of COVID-19 has been top-of-mind for about a year. Summit participants can submit questions in the chat feature and panelists will try to provide as many answers as possible.

Dan Hegstad will moderate the panel of community leaders on Zoom regarding the pandemic in Crow Wing County. Hegstad is an author, speaker and videographer. He will soon retire after 24 years at Lakeland PBS.


Summit participants can submit questions in the chat feature and panelists will try to provide as many answers as possible. Submitted photo

Meet the panelists

Kyle Bauer has been chief executive officer for the past four years of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, where he leads a staff of 950 and manages a $120 million budget. He previously served as CRMC’s chief financial officer for 12 years and worked for Catholic Healthcare West in Phoenix as well as Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in the Twin Cities. Originally from Valley City, North Dakota, he and his wife Laura have three children.

Tim Rice is president/CEO of Lakewood Health System, a rural private nonprofit integrated healthcare system located in Staples, since 1980. He has over 40 years of health care administration experience. In 2020, Lakewood was recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top 150 Workplace and in 2021 was recognized nationally as a top workplace.

Personally, in 2006 Rice was named Staples Citizen of the Year, in 2009 received the Minnesota Rural Health Hero Award and in 2018 Rice received the Minnesota Hospital Association Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award. Rice has a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s in management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

Tim Houle is the county administrator for Crow Wing County and reports directly to the county board of commissioners. He is responsible for implementing the board’s policies and for the day-to-day management of Crow Wing County. He has worked in county government administration since 1994. Prior, he worked for eight years in the private sector at the Star Tribune, where he was one of the management team. He has a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts, and a doctorate degree in public administration from Hamline University.

Dr. Peter Henry became Essentia Health systemwide chief medical officer in 2016 and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. He practiced both in family medicine and emergency services and was director of the Emergency Department at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. He has a medical degree from University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis. He and his wife Julie live in Baxter.


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Mindfulness and meditation and fitness

Keynote speaker Nanette A. Negri, PhD, will present Watering the Seeds of Well-being Through

Mindfulness and Meditation.

Negri will explore a variety of practices in mindfulness and meditation that can enhance well-being in one’s life and in the lives of those they support and love. Wear comfy clothes and bring an open mind and attitude of fun, Crow Wing Energized reported.

In other activities, participants will meet new Crow Wing Energized leadership and learn about the strategic plan.

The summit will also include tips for healthy, fun, winter activities highlighted in a Brainerd lakes area video. In addition, information on how to use a habit tracker to reach one’s goals will be included. And the top vote getter of the One Vegetable One Community campaign for featured vegetable of 2021 will be announced.

RELATED: What is the favorite vegetable for 2021? Vote and help decide the winner Choices are between salad greens, radishes, green onions and beans. Deadline to vote is Feb. 26.
Crow Wing Energized is a grassroots community health and wellness movement led and funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Crow Wing County and Essentia Health.

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