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 


  • Day of Play:  Winterblast- February 20 from 12:30-5 p.m.  Inflatables, gym games, arts and crafts and other fun activities from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  Open Swim offered from 1-5 p.m.  FREE admission.  Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  The Days of Play are sponsored by many New Ulm Businesses and Service Organizations.
  • Rec Center Indoor Pool will be closed February 27 at 7 a.m. until Thursday, March 2 at 5 a.m. for filter work.  The locker rooms will be open.  We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Snow Day in Harman Park scheduled for February 25 has been canceled due to the unseasonal warm temperatures.  The warming house and outdoor skating rinks are also closed for the season. 
  • Tot Swim for small children in the shallow section of the pool will be offered Friday, March 3, 17 and 31 from 9:30-11 a.m.  Children must be within reach of an adult at all times.  Fee is $2.25 per tot and adults free.  Whirlpool is closed during tot swim.
  • FREE Pickleball Clinic is Thursday, March 2 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center.  This is a great way to learn about or give pickleball a try.  It is a fun sport and a good way to meet others.  This Clinic is put on by Park and Rec staff and experienced players and will teach basics rules, strategies and play the game during this FREE Beginner Clinic! 
  • SCUBA Diving Class for beginners offered Saturday, March 4 from 8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. at the New Ulm Rec. Center.  This class contains both classroom and pool instructions.  Materials and use of equipment included.  Successful completion allows students to enroll in open water certification.  Course is also eligible for college credit.  To register for this class, please contact Tom Rodgers, PADI IDC Staff Instructor at 507-235-3830 or
  • 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.
  • Family Self-Defense- Saturday, March 18 from 1-2:30 the Rec Center.  Intro to basics of self-defense that educate and provide techniques and situational awareness to keep you safe.  Class is family friendly and recommended for children and adults ages 12 and up.  The registration fee is ONLY $5 Residents/$5.50 Non-Residents.  Register online or at the Rec. Center.
  • For information on fees & hours of facility operation visit Email or call 507-359-8347