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[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 — a town known for the beers and brats of its Oktoberfest.
August 11, 2019
[Mankato Free Press, October 25, 2018]   New Ulm’s project addressing heart health earned national recognition giving stakeholders hope it could lead other communities to pursue similar projects.
October 25, 2018
[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 .
July 21, 2017
[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 Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) and Allina Health have been tracking health improvements in the community, and in March, researchers presented yet another study showing positive results, particularly with blood pressure and cholesterol control.
April 08, 2017
[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.
November 23, 2016
[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%.
March 14, 2016
[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.
August 22, 2014
[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.
August 22, 2014
[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.
August 22, 2014
[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.
August 22, 2014