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
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,
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
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
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
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.
920 East 28th Street, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55407
PERMIT NO. 3298
The Face of Heart Disease
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.
Stay up-to-date with the latest heart healthy news. For a
subscription to Heart Matters, or for information on making a
financial contribution, contact Meghan Bethke at 612-863-5410
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
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.