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 

  • Summer Activity Registration begins Monday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. Register online at the City of New Ulm website, or in person at the Recreation Center, for activities such as T-ball, Youth Soccer, Pottery, Theater, Summer Camps, and much more.
  • Hermann Heights Monument Open- weekends in May from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Beginning May 27, the Monument will be open daily from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., except for during inclement weather conditions. There will be a full moon over Hermann on Friday, June 10 where Hermann will be open until 10 p.m. for those wanting an extraordinary view of the MN River Valley under a full moon! Regular admission rates apply.
  • Outdoor Wading Pools are scheduled to open for the season on June 2 and run through August 20 for those ages 8 and under. They will be open daily from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Children must be with adult at least 18 years old. There is NO lifeguard on duty. Admission is FREE
  • Adult/ChildYoga in the Parks is FREE! Relaxed-paced yoga that integrates breath work, muscle elongation, toning and special awareness for a greater sense-of balance and direction. No previous experience is necessary. Class is for all ages and fitness levels and is possible through the Neighborhood Health Connection Grant from Allina Health. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles! Attend 3 or more dates and get a free yoga mat! The first session will be offered at North Park, 1801 N. State St. Check or website for a complete listing of dates and park locations.
  • Water Safety Day at the Pool- Kick off the summer open swim schedule by learning about Water Safety! Join Josh the Otter, Whales Tales and Rec Center Pool Staff during pool breaks for a fun and educational Water Safety Event! Free temporary tattoos and gift bags for participants. FREE to members or regular $5 admission.
  • Youth Fit Club for ages 13 and up. A dynamic and fun way to be social while exercising with peers. This program is being led by Anita Longtin and will offer a variety of classes that increase overall physical fitness, self-image and high energy fun! This program runs Fridays beginning June 9-30. Register online or the Rec. Center.
  • Hermann Swim Club- recreational swim club open to those 8-17 that will provide opportunity for swimmers to improve swim strokes, build muscle, speed, strength and improve endurance in a fun and safe environment. We offer sessions consisting of 6 meeting dates for developing techniques and an inhouse intra-squad swim meet. Participants must have passed Level 4 Swim Lessons and be at least 8 years old. Register online or at the Rec. Center. The first session begins June 13-29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m
  • For information on fees & hours of facility operation visit Email or call 507-359-8347