For Employers

The Future of the Heart of New Ulm Project

As we look to the future of the Heart of New Ulm Project, it is time to focus on empowering the community to sustain the project’s work long into the future. Our goal is to help shift the project from being managed by staff from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and New Ulm Medical Center to one that is managed by the community. 

From a worksite perspective, we hope you as an employer will help us sustain the healthy momentum established over the past six years. 


Specifically, here are a few things you can do:
  • Wellness Activities:

Find out what types of wellness activities your employees are most interested in by conducting a needs assessment. For an overview of needs assessment activities and examples of tools that can assist, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthier Worksite Initiative website.

  • HONU Monthly E-Newsletter:

Continue to share the HONU monthly e-newsletter with your employees. We are now distributing our monthly newsletter via email only. If you or your employees are not receiving the newsletter via email, please sign up to start receiving it.

  • HONU's New Leadership Team:

Contact HONU’s new leadership team with your ideas!The leadership team meets monthly and serve as the primary decision-making body for the project. Meet the team

Please share with them what trainings you would like to see offered for worksites, and whether you are interested in networking with other worksite leaders.We have heard several employers express interest in having more frequent gatherings for sharing of ideas and resources as to how they can continue creating workplaces in New Ulm that support heart-healthy lifestyles and overall employee well-being.

  • Action Teams:

Watch for more information on the new HONU action teams and how you and your employees can get involved. We will be developing specific, short-term action teams that focus on a single initiative or program. The teams will allow for more community members and/or organizations to get involved and help blanket the community with ways to continue supporting heart health. The Heart of New Ulm Project staff will continue to facilitate and provide guidance on the latest research and evidence-informed strategies to help the leadership team make decisions about additional strategies and programs to implement throughout the community. 

  • Available Resources: 

Access the resources available  here below and through New Ulm Medical Center’s Occupational Health and Wellness Services. New Ulm Medical Center offers a broad scope of services designed to assist employees in achieving optimal health that can be packaged in any combination you choose. Watch for more information coming to you directly from this organization or contact Jen Maurer at 507-217-5226 with any questions.  

Worksite Wellness Resources


Worksite Wellness Resources Guide


Worksite Programs

Worksite on the Move

An eight-week program to motivate participants to be more physically active and train to participate in a local walk/run race. Find local races in your area.

For more information on this program, please contact us at [email protected]

Holiday Trimmings

This eight-week program helps employees avoid weight gain during the food-filled winter holiday season. Due to the topic of this program, this program is only implemented during a specific time period from November until January.

For more information on this program, please contact us at [email protected]

Worksite Garden Resources


Employee Wellness Resources






Active Commuting


Ideas for Promoting Active Commuting



Bike Month Planning Guide



Planning ahead for bicycle commuting