Spring 2011 - Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation


Spring 2011 - Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Heart Matters

Spring 2011

Heart of New Ulm program participants

Early Success for Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project

24% Reduction in Heart Attacks

From beer and bratwurst to fruits and vegetables. Early

results from Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm

Project (HONU) indicate that the initiative is working.

In a presentation at the national American College of

Cardiology Scientific Sessions in April, leaders of the

project shared results that showed a 24% decrease in heart

attacks during the first 15 months of the project.

New Ulm, MN, a tight-knit community proud of its

German heritage, has embraced the program and has

adopted a healthier lifestyle with nearly 80% of community

adults participating in one of the many community health

programs, activities or events offered in partnership with

HONU in 2010. In fact, 94% of New Ulm area adults believe

the program will meet its goal of reducing heart attacks.

The Heart of New Ulm Project is a collaboration between

MHIF, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, the New Ulm Medical

Center and the New Ulm community. For more information

on the initiative, visit heartsbeatback.org.

A Celebration of Accomplishment:

2010 Annual Report

2010 was a remarkable year for MHIF. Our achievements are

highlighted in our 2010 annual report which you can review

at mplsheart.org/2010annualreport. While there, take a few

moments to read the stories of patient lives that have been

saved and improved with your support, and review our donor

honor roll to see the thousands of people coming together in

a movement to create a world without heart disease.

2010 Women on the Move Participants at Boston Scientific Heart of Summer 5k Race

Get on the Move! Registration Now Open for 2011 Women on the Move Program

Have you been trying to improve your physical activity

level? Would you be interested in meeting women from

diverse backgrounds who want to improve their heart health

through exercise?

If so, join us for Women on the Move, a program designed

to raise awareness of your personal cardiovascular disease

risks through weekly physical activity sessions, educational

information on heart health, lifestyle coaching and group


Starting June 1, Women on the Move will offer eight-week

walk/run clinics in two scenic locations in Minneapolis

Lake Nokomis and the Midtown Greenway.

“One of the advantages of Women on the Move is that

anyone can do it,” said 2010 program participant Heather

Jax, operating room nurse and single mom. “There was a wide

spectrum of participants of all ages with differing physical

abilities. No one felt any pressure, but almost everyone

benefited from the exercise and the programming.”

“If I could give women interested in the program one piece of

advice, it would be to just do it! Don’t be afraid. It’s a lot of fun

and you’ll meet great people too!”

Since her participation in the program, Heather has lost

weight, improved her health and increased her activity level.

For more information and to register for Women on the Move,

visit mplsheart.org/women-move.

Did you know?

Over the last 20 years, portion sizes in

restaurants have significantly increased. Average

bagels have doubled in size. Average soft drinks have more

than tripled!

Research shows that the more food you are served, the more

likely you are to eat. When eating out, cut your entrée in half

and put it aside in a doggy bag. What remains on your plate

will probably still be larger than a recommended serving size.

Plan a Gift that Will Change Lives

Help us give the gift of heart health to families in

Minnesota and throughout the world. Learn how your

support today, tomorrow and

after your lifetime will create

a world without heart disease.

Visit mplsheart.org/ways-give to

learn more.

An Evening to Take Heart!

To Her Health! Wine Dinner

Did you know that more women die of heart disease

each year than cancer? Do your sisters know? Does your

mother know? Do your daughters know?

Ask the Dietitian

Gretchen Benson, RD, CDE, is a registered

dietitian and Healthcare Project Manager

for Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New

Ulm Project.

Q: At my recent physical, my doctor told me I have

prediabetes, which she said puts me at a higher risk of heart

disease. What do I need to do to change my diet to avoid

developing full diabetes?

A: A large scale study showed that people with prediabetes

can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes

by up to 58 percent through changes to their lifestyle that

include modest weight loss and regular exercise. A weight loss

of 5-10 percent can reduce your risk for diabetes, which in

turn, reduces your risk of heart disease.

You can accomplish this by being more active and reducing

the amount of fat and calories you eat. Aim to be active for

30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. To reduce calories and fat,

pay close attention to how much you are eating. Eat more

fruits and vegetables, which are naturally lower in fat and

calories, and reduce your portions of other higher calorie,

higher fat foods. Setting up a regular eating pattern can also

be helpful. Start the day with breakfast and add one to two

healthy snacks before lunch and dinner as needed.

Join us the evening of May 12 at Taxxi: An American

Bistro at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis as we launch

an important awareness campaign to improve the heart

health of the women you love.

You are cordially invited for an evening of delicious

food, fine wine and life-changing presentations. Join

us to hear from registered dietician, Rebecca Lindberg,

RD, MPH, who will share her expertise and showcase

the newly designed MHIF Heart Health Kit that you

can take with you to spread awareness in your own


Lynette Crane, speaker, coach, former ballerina and

author of Stop Your Stress Now! and The Angina

Monologues will also share her compelling personal

story about her heart attack that “never should have

happened.” The event will be emceed by Brittany

Thelemann, Miss Minnesota USA 2011.

Be part of the change! For more information and to

purchase tickets, visit mplsheart.org/toherhealth.



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The Face of Heart Disease

Name: Ana

Age: 58

Condition: Acute myocardial

infarction (heart attack)

Status: Leading a healthier lifestyle.

Encouraging the women in her

life to know their heart health

numbers and recognize the signs and

symptoms of a heart attack.

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subscription to Heart Matters, or for information on making a

financial contribution, contact Meghan Bethke at 612-863-5410

or mbethke@mhif.org.

Couscous with Artichokes, Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

2 ⅓ cups water, divided

½ cup sun-dried tomatoes

1 can (14 ½ oz) vegetable broth

4 canned artichoke hearts, sliced

1 ¾ cup uncooked couscous

½ cup (2 oz.) feta cheese

1 cup chopped fresh leaf parsley

Combine 2 cups of water and tomatoes in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high 3 minutes or until water boils. Cover and let stand 10

minutes or until soft. Drain and chop. Set aside. Place ⅓ cup water and vegetable broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in couscous.

Cover, reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes and remaining ingredients. Serves 6.

Nutrition information: 234.5 calories, 2.5g fat, 8.7g protein, 43.5g carbohydrates, 3.6g dietary fiber

Upcoming Events

To Her Health! 4th Annual Wine Dinner

Thursday, May 12 at Taxxi: An American Bistro at the Hyatt

Regency Minneapolis. A wine dinner celebrating and advocating for

women’s heart health research and education. For more information

and to register, visit mplsheart.org/toherhealth.

Women on the Move

Wednesdays, June 1-July 20 at Lake Nokomis-Minneapolis and

Midtown Greenway-Minneapolis. 8 week walk/run training

program for women of all ages. For more information and to

register, visit mplsheart.org/women-move.

30th Anniversary Golf Classic

Monday, June 20 at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie. For

more information and to register, visit mplsheart.org/golfclassic.

Women’s Only Cardiac Support Group

6:30-8:00 p.m. Mondays in the Minneapolis Heart Institute®

lobby. Weekly program for women to provide support,

encouragement and helpful information on improving heart

health. Everyone is welcome and parking is validated. Contact

Ruth Lindquist, PhD, at 612-863-9125.

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