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Friday, March 5, 2021

8:30 to 9:00 a.m. coffee | 9:00 to 11:00 a.m

Virtual via Zoom

Cost:  There is no cost for the summit, but registration is required.

Crow Wing Energized’s 8th Annual HEALTH & WELLNESS VIRTUAL SUMMIT: Watering the Seeds of Wellbeing

The online summit will include:

• Coffee chat with community leaders.

• Meet new Crow Wing Energized leadership.

• Healthy, fun winter activities.

• Keynote speaker Nanette A. Negri, PhD presents Watering the Seeds of Well-being Through Mindfulness and Meditation. Explore a variety of practices in mindfulness and meditation that can enhance well-being  in your life and in the lives of those you support and love. Wear comfy clothes and bring an open mind and attitude of fun!

• How to use a habit tracker.

• One Vegetable One Community election.

About the Coffee Chat

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. Dan is an author, speaker, and videographer. He will soon retire after 24 years at Lakeland PBS. 


Kyle Bauer has been Chief Executive Officer of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby for the past four years, 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 non-profit integrated healthcare system located in Staples, since 1980. He has over 40 years of healthcare 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 Tim was named Staples Citizen of the Year, 2009 received the Minnesota Rural Health Hero Award and in 2018 Tim received the Minnesota Hospital Association Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters 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 system-wide 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.

Watering the Seeds of Well-being Through Mindfulness and Meditation

A Keynote Presentation by Dr. Nanette A. Negri

There is no question that Wellbeing is important for everyone on the planet. There are, however, often questions about how we all go about creating and maintaining Wellbeing for ourselves and for others about whom we care for in our lives. Establishing and maintaining Wellbeing may seem even more daunting in recent times.

The very exciting news is that there is now a plethora of research that is teaching us that Wellbeing actually comes from a set of skills that are not all that hard, and that when practiced regularly can actually change the brain! And those brain changes can actually end up making us feel better… have greater Wellbeing in our lives!

Nanette will present the Four Constituents of Wellbeing, as described by the work of Dr. Richard Davidson at the Center for Healthy Minds, UW-Madison. She will then take you through some activities she uses in her practice to support the development and maintenance of these important skills. So come with an open mind, prepared to practice… and to have some fun! 

After our time together you can expect:

• To be able to define the 4 constituents of Wellbeing

• To be able to identify activities related to the skills that build each of the constituents of Wellbeing

• To identify a set of these skill building activities/experiences that will allow you to take these practices into your everyday living

• To identify a set of accommodations of these skill building activities/experiences that will allow you to take these practices to others you support and care for in your work and lives

About keynote Nanette A. Negri, PhD –

Nanette has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families since 1972. She has been a classroom teacher, a signed-speech therapist, a staff and parent trainer, a program administrator, a university lecturer, and an educational and behavioral consultant. Nan works collaboratively with autistic individuals so that together they can identify the opportunities and support they want and need to develop meaningful relationships across their lives. She believes it is critical to teach skills that promote community presence and value. Nanette has an extensive background in applied behavior analysis, and believes it can and should be applied through a humanistic and relationship-based approach. Her knowledge and practices in mindfulness meditation and yoga currently provide a strong base for her support and training services. She is committed to finding clear and compassionate ways to communicate and work with autistic persons, those who experience various neurophysiological differences, their families, and others supporting them and to helping everyone have FUN in the process.