New Ulm health project paying off seven years later

The Heart of New Ulm Project is a 10-year initiative aimed at preventing heart disease versus treating it after it occurs. The New Ulm City Recreation Center was busy in 2013, including this class. (Star Tribune photo)

The Heart of New Ulm Project is a 10-year initiative aimed at preventing heart disease versus treating it after it occurs. The New Ulm City Recreation Center was busy in 2013, including this class. (Star Tribune photo)

[Star Tribune, November 23, 2016] The Heart of New Ulm Project, the effort of Allina Health and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, proved that a town known for beer and brats could improve its cardiovascular fitness if residents received guidance and support to eat better, exercise more and make better use of medical care.

Blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels have all improved since 2009 in a target population of New Ulm adults, according to study results released this May. And while the rest of the nation got heavier, obesity levels at least didn’t worsen in New Ulm.

New Ulm was picked partly because it is a one-horse town when it comes to health care. Most residents use Allina doctors and the New Ulm Medical Center, making it easier to track their progress through Allina’s electronic medical record-keeping system. Read the full story at startribune.com.

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