Get Involved


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.


Contact us

If you need more information about how to get involved, please call us at 507.217.5945 or email us at


Apply to use our Logo

If you are interested in applying to use our logo to promote your heart healthy event go to our Heart of New Ulm Logo Licensing Page 

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

In New Ulm, the entire community is working together to help make health the easy choice where we live, learn, work and play. There are many resources available to help you take care of your health and well-being. While the options are limitless, here are a few resources and ideas to help you maintain or get started on the path to good 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

Check out some of the fitness clubs, classes or state parks to support your physical activity:

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:

Other ideas

  • 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 

  • Weight Lifting for Seniors is a 6-week program to help participants approach strength training in a safe, effective and fun way that will keep you strong for life. Strength training can ward off age-related muscle loss, keep your bones strong, promote mobility and function, prevent falls and even help combat depression and enhance mental health. Classes will be on Mondays, March 19-April 23 at 10 a.m. and led by Personal Trainer, Kelly. Pre-registration is required online or at the Rec Center.
  • Fitness Fun Day will take place Friday, March 23 from 6-9 p.m. FREE use of the Rec Center Gym, Walking Track, Racquetball Courts and Indoor Pool! This event is co-sponsored by Allina Health/New Ulm Medical Center and Physicians Group of New Ulm.
  • No School Open Swim Friday, March 30 from 1-4 p.m. at the Rec Center.
  • Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at German Park. (Civic Center is rain backup location.) Egg hunt is open to children age 1-7 to hunt for eggs, candy, visit with your favorite characters and get your picture taken with the Easter bunny!
  • Pool Eggstravanganza Monday, April 2 from 1-5 p.m. with a large egg hunt in the pool starting at 2:30 p.m. Children will be able to hunt for eggs all around the pool, depending on swimming ability in exchange for great prizes! Also look for a special appearance from the Aqua Bunny! All prizes are not suitable for children under 6 years of age. Cost is $6
  • Wellness Walking: The Arthritis Foundation’s 6-week Walk with Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. This program provides a space for group walking, followed by a short stretch session, along with Wellness Tips and info. Walking can reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, increase balance, strength and walking pace, build confidence in your ability to be physically active and improve overall health. This is a FREE program to members. Nonmembers may purchase a 12-punch walking track punch card for $20.25. This program is offered Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. April 3 through May 10.
  • Tiny Tot Open Swim April 6, 20, May 4 and 18 from 9:30-11 a.m. Shallow area of the pool will be open to bring your tot for splashing fun! There will be toys out. Cost is $2.50 per tot. Whirlpool closed during this time. Adult/Child Fit and Fun is a special time for adults to work with children age 2-10 to have fun and be active together! This class will teach sportsmanship, respect and teambuilding skills while improving fitness levels through activities. Classes are offered April 7, 14, and 21 from 1-1:40 p.m. at the Rec Center. Register online or at the Rec Center. Cost is $12/Residents or $13.20/Non-residents.
  • Self-Paced Spring Triathlon will run April 9-May 18. 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. Competitors that reach their goal by the end of the event will receive a t-shirt. Swim, bike and run yourself through this challenge! Additional information and registration online.
  • Co-Rec Adult Softball and Volleyball Leagues - It’s not too early to think about forming you teams now! These recreational leagues will start in May. Turn in rosters and registration fees to Joey Schugel, Program Supervisor. If you have questions, he can be reached at or 359-8343.
  • For information on fees & hours of facility operation visit Email or call 507-359-8347