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The Heart of New Ulm Project
The award-winning Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project is a collaborative partnership of the New Ulm community, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and New Ulm Medical Center (part of Allina Health). The entire community is working toward a common vision — to support a culture of wellness in the community and help people make health the easy choice where they live, learn, work and play
Through activities, education, policies and environmental changes, people who live or work in New Ulm are supported in their efforts to get more physically active, eat more fruits and vegetables, lose weight, quit smoking, manage stress and make other healthful lifestyle choices. Efforts involve the entire community — from health care organizations, providers and individuals, to worksites, faith-based organizations, public health, local government, and civic groups and organizations.
Community members have made healthful lifestyle changes as well as significant improvements in biometric measurements. Throughout the community — from restaurants and grocery stores to worksites, schools and homes — people who live or work in New Ulm pride themselves on how their culture has transformed. Along with an impressive level of engagement across all segments of the community, the design and results of the project have captured the attention of health care thought leaders on both a regional and national level.
The project is changing the way health care — especially preventive care — is viewed and delivered across the country.
If you live or work in New Ulm and have questions, comments or ideas about heart-healthy initiatives in the community — or want to know how you can get involved in making New Ulm a healthier place to live, learn, work and play — please contact us.