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

Girls on The Run coming to Park and Recreation in February 

Printable New Ulm information

City of New Ulm Park and Recreation Happenings 

  • Winter Day of Play is February 19 from 12-4 p.m. at the Rec Center. Inflatables and gym activities from 12-3 p.m. and special swim from 12-4 p.m. This program is offered FREE, thanks to the generous donations from our Day of Play Sponsors. Come and have a blast!
  • Wellness Walking – Is a 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 and a short stretch session with Wellness Tips and Information. Studies show that 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. The program is offered FREE to members on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Rec Center through February 22. Non-members may purchase a 12-walk punch card for $20.25.
  • Scuba Diving Class offered Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Rec. Center Pool. This beginning open water scuba diving class contains both classroom and pool instructions. Text and materials are included in the course, along with the use of all equipment. Successful completion of this course allows students to enroll in open water certification and is also eligible for college credit. To register for this class, please contact Tom and 507-235-3830 or
  • Lifeguard Training offered March 8 and 9 from 4-9 p.m. and March 10 from 2-9 p.m. This blended learning class requires 5 to 7 hours of online work be completed before start of class. Participants must be 15 years old by the last class date and pass a pre-course physical fitness test consisting of 6 laps (300 yds) using front crawl and breast stroke, tread water for 2 minutes with no hands and be able to retrieve a 10-pound brick from 7 to 10 feet of water, swim 20 yards back to side of pool, get out without using a ladder or stairs within 1 minute and 40 seconds. For more info or register, go to
  • Harman Park Ice Rinks and Warming House a hours are Monday thru Thursday 5-8 p.m., Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 1-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Rinks will close on extremely cold days when outdoor recreation is dangerous or extremely warm days when the ice turns to water. Rink lights are controlled by a knob on the light pole closest to the shelter, operable 4:30-11 p.m. daily. Lights turn off at 11 p.m. automatically. A limited number of rental skates available for $2.25 per pair. Coffee and hot chocolate are for sale during warming house hours.
  • Winter/Spring Activities Registration currently taking place online or at the Rec Center.
  • Short Track Tuesdays and Saturdays There will be a “short track only” on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. from now through March.
  • Vogel FH Closed and Indoor Track will be closed Monday, February 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. due to Winterblast. 
  • For information on fees & hours of facility operation visit Email or call 507-359-8347