Press Releases

New Ulm Bike Friendly Bronze Award Winner
The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest honorees of the Bicycle Friendly Community award on May 11, 2017, and New Ulm has been designated a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level.
New Study Shows New Ulm Residents Have Better Control of Blood Pressure and Cholesterol than Comparison Community
03/21/2017 - Press Release

Findings from a study comparing several heart disease risk factors for New Ulm residents over a six-year period, since The Heart of New Ulm Project began, with those for residents from another Minnesota community show New Ulm residents are doing better in controlling their blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides. The study’s outcomes were presented during a poster session at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2017 Scientific Sessions held in March 2017 in Portland, Ore.

Documentary Details Encouraging Results of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s Population Health Study
10/25/2016 - Press Release

 A study by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) is the subject of a documentary by Health Catalyst, a leader in healthcare data warehousing, analytics and outcomes improvement solutions and services to improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of care. MHIF’s Heart of New Ulm initiative has led to unprecedented community-wide improvements in blood pressure, total cholesterol and lifestyle activities. Visit to learn more and to watch the full documentary.

Heart of New Ulm Project Featured at National Healthcare Analytics Summit
09/07/2021 - Press Release
New Ulm, MN – Sept. 7, 2016 – Hearts Beat Back®: The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU), a 10-year project to reduce heart attacks in New Ulm, Minn., was featured this year at the Health Catalyst Annual Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. A 20-minute documentary was premiered at the event, highlighting the importance of the project from a national healthcare perspective. New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) President Toby Freier was a keynote speaker at the event, outlining how analytics helped steer the project as well as providing vital outcome data.
New Study In New Ulm to Explore Whether Adding Phone Coaching Can Improve Diabetes Care
08/19/2016 - Press Release

Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation are pleased to announce a new study in partnership with New Ulm Medical Center. Researchers will study whether patients who receive education and phone counseling from a registered dietitian with diabetes expertise, in addition to care from their primary care physician, make greater improvements in their “D5” outcomes than those who don’t receive the additional education and counseling support. 

New Program in New Ulm Will Promote Shared Family Mealtimes and Physical Activity as Ways to Support Health
06/28/2016 - Press Release

The University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing, Allina Health and its New Ulm Medical Center, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and its Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project will conduct a study to research whether having family meals and being active with your children before they hit puberty can help the entire family live a healthier lifestyle.

Population Health Program Decreases Heart Disease Risk Factors Across An Entire Community
03/14/2016 - Press Release
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF), along with Allina Health, New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) and the community of New Ulm, Minnesota, began a 10-year population health research project to learn if heart attacks and heart disease risk factors within a community could be decreased through community efforts. Results for the first five years have been released, and the initial findings are positive.
Heart of New Ulm to Serve as Minnesota GreenCorps Host Site
07/14/2015 - Press Release
The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® has been chosen by the Minnesota GreenCorps program to have Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project® (HONU) serve as a host site for the 2015-2016 program year.
New Ulm Receives “Honorable Mention” as Bicycle Friendly Community
06/15/2015 - Press Release
The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest honorees of the Bicycle Friendly Community award on June 10, and New Ulm has received an Honorable Mention.
New Ulm Aims to Make It Easier and Safer for More Kids to Walk and Bike to School
05/19/2015 - Press Release
Funding from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will help local groups implement weeklong demonstration project