Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project is a community-based and community-driven project with the goal to help reduce heart attacks in the New Ulm community. Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. You can help reduce your risk for a heart attack by being physically active, eating more fruits and vegetables, managing stress, avoiding tobacco use, and understanding your risk for heart disease. The easiest way to get involved is to take care of your health by replacing unhealthful habits with healthful habits one day at a time, one habit at a time.
Take Charge of Your Community
Volunteer for a Heart of New Ulm Action Team
Every year, the Heart of New Ulm Leadership Team creates action teams, which meet for a short period of time to work on a specific project that supports a healthful environment or program that supports healthful choices.
Our current action teams include:
Downtown Action team: This team is working with downtown merchants and the City to implement changes in the downtown area that promote social connections and improve safety for all users. Examples might include allowing parklets, reducing the speed limit on Minnesota Street in the downtown area, investigating the possibility of restoring two-way traffic to the downtown section of Minnesota Street, and other aesthetic or safety changes.
Safe Routes to School Team: This team is working to increase the number of children who walk and bike to school by making the school zone and surrounding areas safer for walkers and bikers. The team is also working on implementing a “Walk, Bike Fun” curriculum through various partners to help children learn the skills needed to walk and bicycle safely. The team is also working to develop programs to help encourage walking and biking, walking school buses, and safety campaigns.
Bike Group: The New Ulm Bike Group is an advocacy team working to improve safety for people who bicycle by improving safety on the streets, developing designated bike routes (such as New Ulm’s Bike Circle Route), offering bike rodeos and bicycle safety classes, and promoting bicycling through various activities.
Coalition for Active, Safe and Healthy Streets (CASHS): This advocacy group is working to implement a Complete Streets policy in New Ulm. A report from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute was prepared for the New Ulm community in the fall of 2013, and this group is using the report’s recommendations to improve safety for all users of the streets in New Ulm. The group oversees the work of the Downtown Action Team, the Safe Routes to School Team and the Bike Group.
The Heart of New Ulm Leadership Team will be creating additional action teams as part of its long-term strategic plan, so check back periodically for more information.
To get involved on an action team or for more information contact our office at 507-217-5945.
Be a local champion and advocate for change
- Encourage your employer to adopt a healthful foods policy. If food is brought into the facility, can a portion of it be a healthful option?
- Provide low- or no-sugar options for beverages during meetings.
- Implement walking meetings at your facility.
- Create a walking path around your facility to encourage walking during breaks.
- Start a walking group in your neighborhood or with family and friends.
- Lead a walking school bus.
- Lead co-workers on a ride to work.
- Offer healthful options at sporting or event concessions.
Take Charge of Your Health
Make healthier food choices
- Support the local eating establishments that are participating in the Heart of New Ulm Project’s program to offer great-tasting options that are healthier, too! Check our list of participation restaurants.
- Join a community supported agriculture (CSA) program from a local produce farmer.
- Rent a community garden plot at the New Ulm Community Garden.
- Visit the KNUJ Farmers Market in New Ulm.
- Replace sugar-sweetened beverages with water or flavored water.
- Replace white bread or pasta with whole grain bread or pasta.
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your meals and snacks.
- Ask for healthier food options wherever you choose to eat.
Be Physically Active
Anytime Fitness - Phone: (507) 354-0700
City of New Ulm Park and Recreation - Phone: (507) 359-8344
Community Education - Phone: (507) 359-8561
CrossFit - Phone: (507) 359-1333
Flandrau State Park - Phone: (507) 233-9800
Martin Luther College - Phone: (507) 354-8221
Snap Fitness - Phone: (507) 359-8888
Participate in an upcoming walk/run event in New Ulm or in the area
Check out some of these websites for walk/run events around the state:
Participate in a bike ride in the area
Check out some of these websites for bike rides around the state:
- Join a recreational sports team.
- Go for a walk, or bike ride.
- Walk or ride your bike to work or to run errands.
- Take a walk on your work break.
- Walk your children to school.
- Try a new activity or fitness class.
Attend Local Events
City of New Ulm Park and Recreation Happenings
- Zumba Kids will be sure to bring fun to fitness in a kid-friendly environment. The instructor will break down the steps based on original Zumba choreography and add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. Classes are held Sundays, March 12, 19 and 26 from 5-5:45 p.m. for 4-6 year-olds or 6-6:45 p.m. for 7-11 year-olds. Register online or at the Rec. Center.
- Self-Paced Triathlon is a great way for competitors to be challenged physically but also work at your own pace, and even call yourself a triathlete. Competitors will choose which category they would like to compete in with 40 days to reach their goal. Activity miles may be completed indoors or outdoors. We will rely completely on the honor system when recording mileage totals. All competitors that reach their goal by the end of the event will receive a t-shirt. You do not need to be a member of the Recreation Center to take part in this triathlon. Swim, Bike, and Run yourself through this challenge!!! Triathlon runs April 10 – May 19. Cost is only $20 Res and $22 for Non-Res.
- Adult Athletic Leagues registration is currently open for Co-Rec Softball and Co-Rec Sand Volleyball. League start in the Spring and run through the summer. If you are interested in adding a team call 507- 359-8347 or pick up registration materials at the Recreation Center.