The Heart of New Ulm Project

The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) aims to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of all New Ulm-area residents through education, available resources, initiatives and partnerships that empower people of all ages to take responsibility for their own health in a supportive environment. Initially started in 2009 by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and New Ulm Medical Center as a 10-year research project designed to successfully reduce heart attacks, the project continues today as a community-owned health initiative focused on three significant and widespread health issues:

  • Healthy lifestyles across the lifespan
  • Mental health
  • Addiction and risky use of substances

Click here to download the 2021-2022 Action Plan

For more information on the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s research from The Heart of New Ulm Project, visit

It’s easier to be active in New Ulm

It’s easier to eat healthier in New Ulm

The project is guided by a 12-member Leadership Team, along with more than 80 community volunteers representing 35 organizations on 11 Action Teams:

  • Brown County Mental Health and Wellness
  • Coalition for Active, Safe and Healthy Streets
  • Communications
  • Downtown (Minnesota Main Street)
  • Food Environment
  • Improving Health for All (Health Equity)
  • Long-Term Sustainable Funding
  • New Ulm Bike Group
  • New Ulm-Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (NU-HOME) Research Study
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Worksite Wellness and Community Health Challenge

Click here to download more information about the Action Teams

See the members of our Leadership Team and Action Teams

Working together, people and organizations throughout New Ulm are helping to inspire and support each other and help make the healthy choice the easy choice where we live, work, learn and play. 

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