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
- Monday Night Concert in German Park on July 16 will have entertainment by The Worst Band Ever starting at 7 p.m. Bring the family early to enjoy the Puppet Wagon at 6:15 p.m. or the new Playground at any time!
- Look for our new FREE Rec On the Go program traveling to a location near you to play games, sports, crafts and other fun activities! Healthy Snacks will be provided for those 18 and under. Visit our website for dates and locations. They will be making special stops this week on Wednesday at Traulich Estates from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and New Ulm Mobile Village from 12:30-2 p.m. This program is possible through partnerships with Allina Health, ISD 88, Pro Kinship for Kids and the City of New Ulm Public Library and Park and Rec Departments.
- July is National Park and Rec month! We are challenging individuals to submit a digital photo discovering one of the wonderful amenities our park and rec system offers. Throughout the month of July, there will be weekly contests with a winner (chamber dollars) chosen for each category. This week’s theme is Best Action Shot. Please keep in mind that photos must be taken at City-owned parks and facilities. Official rules available online.
- Youth Pickleball Camp July 17 and 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Lincoln Park. Focus on basic rules, etiquette, teamwork, movement and socialization that comes with playing. Register online or at the Rec Center.
- Municipal Band Concert at German Park Wednesday, July 18 and 25 starting at 7 p.m.
- Get to Know Nature and Canoeing - Scott Kudelka, DNR Naturalist will teach proper canoeing techniques and safety while exploring the beautiful Minnesota River. Class has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 17 and will meet at Minnecon Park at 1 p.m. Participants must be picked up at Eckstein Landing, near the intersection of Hwy 15 and 37 at 2 p.m. Fee is $5 Residents and $5.50 Non-residents. Pre-registration is required.
- Get to Know Nature and What Lives in the MN River: Macroinvertebrates - Scott Kudelka, DNR Naturalist will teach individuals about these aquatic bugs that are found in the bottom of rivers, lakes and wetlands. Discover how they are special and where to find them. A sample will be collected, followed by a talk about why they are important to the natural environment. Tuesday, July 24 from 1-2 p.m. at Flandrau State Park Playground. Please note: Entrance to Flandrau State Park requires a pass to enter.) Register online or at the Rec Center. Enjoy a full moon view over Hermann on Friday, July 27. We are extending our hours to 10 p.m. to take in this very unique and picturesque view of the MN River Valley under moonlight! Regular admission applies.
- National Night Out will be held in German Park on Monday, July 30 from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Musical entertainment by the Schell’s Hobo Band, children’s games and activities, food and more! This program sponsored by the New Ulm Police Department, Park and Rec and Fire Departments, along with the United Way.
- Munchkin Mayhem is a camp for ages 3 to 5 that uses structured activities and unstructured play through movement, games, activities and much more. Program meets at the Harman Park Shelter Wednesdays August 1 through 22 from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Register online or the Rec Center.
- Water Access Sites at Minnecon and Adams Parks closed until the water recedes. The flood waters have gone down, back inside the banks at Adams park, however there is a large mess in terms of sand and washouts and signage, as the high waters either took them away or pushed over. Adams Park will remain closed until clean up and repairs are completed.
- The Puppet Wagon is a summertime favorite for all ages. Puppeteers entertain through skits, songs and silly dances. Each show is 20-30 minutes. Shows are canceled for inclement weather. Check out our website for show times and locations.
- Open Pickleball at Rec Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m. and Saturdays through May from 8-10 a.m. Memberships, Punch cards, cards or Daily Admission apply.
- Outdoor Pickleball available at Lincoln Park! Open play is scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There is a lock box in Lincoln Park with equipment to use. Please call 507-359-8347 for the code to access.