Heart of New Ulm

Allina Health efforts at population health improvement yield results

Allina Health efforts at population health improvement yield results

[Star Tribune, August 11, 2019] Allina Health’s long-running Heart of New Ulm project is unique nationally in proving that a communitywide focus, led by a local hospital, could improve cardiac health. Allina invested $9 million in the 10-year project, which reduced the number of residents with high cholesterol, hypertension and smoking habits in New Ulm […]

Heart of New Ulm project earns national recognition

[Mankato Free Press, Oct. 25, 2018] New Ulm’s decade-long project addressing heart health recently earned national recognition, giving stakeholders hope it could lead other communities to pursue similar initiatives. “Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project,” a partnership between Allina Health and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, received the 2018 Heart Healthy Stroke […]

The Heart of New Ulm Project’s Food Environment Action Team

HONU Food Action Team takes local food tour

[The Journal, July 21, 2017] The Heart of New Ulm Project’s Food Environment Action Team, accompanied by the director of the MN Food Charter Network, participated in a tour of various New Ulm food venues on July 19. Read more at nujournal.com.

Findings suggest The Heart of New Ulm Project has helped lower heart disease risk

[New Ulm Journal, April 10, 2017] Since Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) started back in 2009, people who live and work in New Ulm have made a variety of changes to live a healthier lifestyle and reduce their risk for heart disease. For the past eight years, researchers at The […]

New Ulm health project paying off seven years later

[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 […]

Population health program decreases heart disease risk factors across an entire community

[Medical Express, March 14, 2016] After five years, results indicate that The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) is having a positive impact. The percentage of people who had normal blood pressure increased from 79% to 86%, while the percentage of those with total cholesterol under 200 increased from 59% to 64%. Positive changes in […]

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‘Heart of New Ulm Project’ Wins National Award

[KEYC-TV, August 19, 2014] New Ulm celebrates national recognition of its effort to eliminate heart attacks. The Heart of New Ulm Project won a 2014 Nova Award from the American Hospital Association last month. New Ulm Medical Center president Toby Frier, and Minneapolis Heart Institute project director Jackie Boucher, and Congressman Tim Walz were among […]

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Leaders praise Heart of New Ulm program

[Mankato Free Press, August 19, 2014] Local health care and political leaders on Tuesday celebrated a New Ulm project that recently won a national award for its achievements in improving community health. The Heart of New Ulm project received the NOVA award in July from the American Hospital Association. It was one of five projects […]

Heart of New Ulm helps residents fight heart disease

Heart of New Ulm helps residents fight heart disease

[Minnesota Public Radio, August 16, 2014] When her weight crept past 300 pounds last year, Denise Leitz, of New Ulm, Minn., knew something had to change. Her clothes didn’t fit. Airplane seat belts weren’t long enough to reach around her waist — and she was always in pain. “I would drop something on the floor […]

Health beat: Signs of success for the Heart of New Ulm project

[Star Tribune, August 15, 2014] Denise Leitz says Adrian Peterson almost ended her journey to better health. When AP dropped a key pass in a Vikings game last fall, Leitz biked from her house in a huff and fell and broke her hand. Her plan to bike her way to a healthy weight crashed with […]