Resources & Information
Resources support The Heart of New Ulm Project’s three focus areas:
Heart of New Ulm Healthy Restaurant Program
Through the Heart of New Ulm’s Healthy Restaurant Program, participating restaurants offer a variety of healthier eating options, such as more fruits and vegetables, smaller portion sizes, whole grain options and more!
To qualify and participate, a restaurant must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a locally owned, non-chain with less than three locations.
- Have been in operation for at least 12 months.
- Be willing to implement strategies from the menu of options (click here for menu) to achieve either Silver or Gold-level status.
Gold-level restaurants include Cottonwood Grill at New Ulm Country Club, George's Fine Steaks & Spirits, Gutes Essen Deli & Catering (Oak Hills Deli), New Ulm Medical Center Café and Cafeteria, and Turner Hall. Gold-level restaurants offer seven or more healthy options from the menu of options, including offering a non-fried vegetable or fruit as a substitute for an unhealthy side without added charge.
Silver-level restaurants include Lamplighter and Lola's Larkspur. Silver-level restaurants offer at least six healthy options from the menu of options.
Brown County Area Nutrition Resources
The Food Environment Action teams mission is to develop and support policies and practices that improve the access, availability and identification of healthy foods in venues throughout the community
Mental Health Resources
The Mental Health and Wellness Team is working to increase mental well-being in the community and reduce the burden of mental health by reducing stigma and increasing resiliency.
Chemical Health Resources
The Brown County Chemical Health Action Team (CHAT) goal is to support educational programs, activities and policies that increase awareness of addiction and misuse of legal substances, and also address the use of illegal substances.
It is never easy to overcome substance abuse and addiction on your own. However, you can get help from support groups and meetings, which could provide you with a safe environment as you recover from your addiction.
Brown County maintains a schedule of AA and NA meetings that can be found in the Brown County area on their website: http://www.co.brown.mn.us/dwi-panel-and-aa-na-meetings
AA Minnesota https://www.naminnesota.org/
Narcotics Anonymous https://aaminnesota.org/
In an Emergency
If you or a friend need urgent assistance, call 911 immediately, or take your friend directly to the emergency room. If you feel it’s safe, stay with your friend, or find someone to stay with them until help arrives.
In a Crisis
You are never alone. Help is always available. For immediate support 24/7, reach out to Crisis text line at 741741, South Central Crisis Center at 1800-247-2809, Sioux Trails Mental Health Center crisis line at 1-800-247-2809, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free and it’s highly confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to keep you or a friend safe.
Incorporating physical activity in your life can help lower or manage stress and anxiety, increase your energy level and improve both your physical and mental health.
You can meet physical activity recommendations outdoors or at home with little to no equipment. Check out these videos New Ulm Park and Recreation and Heart of New Ulm created to help you stay active while at home.
Bicycling and Walking Resources
Throughout New Ulm, many people have been diligently and enthusiastically working to help make it easier and safer for everyone to bike or walk in our community and we’re proud to be a Bicycle Friendly Community. We encourage you to get out and get active! Join us in making use of the designated bike path, and all of the other wonderful biking opportunities available in New Ulm and surrounding areas.
Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School Action Team is working to make it safer for children to walk and bike to school by addressing the top three concerns that parents have identified: speed of traffic, the amount of traffic and uncontrolled intersections.
The Worksite Wellness Action Team offers quarterly networking and training sessions for New Ulm worksite wellness leaders. Additional resources are available from:
- New Ulm Medical Center Occupational Health and Wellness
- Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Partnership
- Wellness Council of America / WELCOA (some resources are available free to non-members)
For additional ways on how your worksite can get involved in supporting wellness, visit the Get Involved page.
Our series of fact sheets highlight the success of various Heart of New Ulm Project programs and initiatives over the years.