The Original Research Vision

The Heart of New Ulm: A Vision for the Future

Boucher JL, Pereira RF, Graham KJ, Pettingill RR, Toscano JV, Henry TD. Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research (2008). 1: 310.

Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

Population-level changes in lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the Heart of New Ulm Project.

Benson GA, Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Vock DM, Vacquier MC, Miedema MD, VanWormer JJ. Preventive Medicine Reports (2019).

Assessing the Impact of The Heart of New Ulm Project on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: A Population-based Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease.

Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Vock DM, Miedema MD, Pereira RF, Benson GA, Lindberg R, Boucher JL, Knickelbine T, VanWormer JJ. Preventive Medicine (2018).

Lifestyle Changes and Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome in the Heart of New Ulm Project

VanWormer JJ, Boucher JB, Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Knickelbine T. Preventive Medicine Reports. (2017) 6: 242-245.

Clinical Implications of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines for the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol for a Rural Community: Data From the Heart of New Ulm Project

Miedema MD, Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Benson GA, Knickelbine T, VanWormer JJ. Journal of Clinical Lipidology (2017). 11(1): 94-101.

Changes in Cardiovascular Risk Factors After 5 Years of Implementation of a Population-Based Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease: The Heart of New Ulm Project

Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Miedema MD, Vock DM, Pereira RF, Benson GA, Boucher JL, Knickelbine T, Lindberg R, VanWormer JJ. American Heart Journal (2016).

Prevalence of the American Heart Association's "Ideal Cardiovascular Health" Metrics in a Rural, Cross-Sectional, Community-Based

Kim JL, Sillah A, Boucher JL, Sidebottom AC, Knickelbine T. Journal of the American Heart Association (2013).

Food Environment

Changing the Food Environment to Improve Cardiovascular Health in a Rural Community: Implementation and Evaluation of the Heart of New Ulm Restaurant Programme.

Lindberg R, Sidebottom AC, McCool B, Pereira RF, Sillah A, Boucher JL. Public Health Nutrition (2018). 1-10.

Assessing the Food Environment of a Rural Community: Baseline Findings From the Heart of New Ulm Project

Pereira RF, Sidebottom AC, Boucher JL, Lindberg R, Fliszar R. Preventing Chronic Disease (2014).

Electronic Health Records and Data, Health Screenings

Exploring Electronic Health Records as a Population Health Surveillance Tool of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Sidebottom AC, Johnson PJ, VanWormer JJ, Sillah A, Winden TJ, Boucher JL. Population Health Management (2015). 18 (2): 79-85.

The Heart of New Ulm Project: Using Community-Based Cardiometabolic Risk Factor Screenings in a Rural Population Health Improvement Initiative.

VanWormer JJ, Johnson PJ, Pereira RF, Boucher JL, Britt HR, Stephens CW, Thygeson NM, Graham KJ. Population Health Management (2012). 15(3): 135-143.

Cardiovascular Risk Factor Screening Satisfaction in the Heart of New Ulm Project.

Bekwelem W, VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL, Pereira RF. Clinical Medicine & Research (2012). 10(1): 1-6.

Methods of Using Electronic Health Records for Population-Level Surveillance of Coronary Heart Disease Risk in the Heart of New Ulm Project

VanWormer JJ. Diabetes Spectrum (2010). 23(3): 161-165.

Health Care and Telemedicine

Impact of ENHANCED (Dieticians Helping Patients Care for Diabetes) Telemedicine Randomized Controlled Trial on Diabetes Optimal Care Outcomes in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Benson GA, Sidebottom AC, Hayes J, Miedema MD, Boucher JL, Vacquier MC, Sillah A, Gamam S, VanWormer JJ. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2019).

Reach and effectiveness of the HeartBeat Connections telemedicine pilot program

Benson GA, Sidebottom AC, Sillah A, Boucher JL, Miedema MD, Knickelbine T, VanWormer JJ. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (2017).

HeartBeat Connections: A Rural Community of Solution for Cardiovascular Health

Benson GA, Sidebottom AC, VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL, Stephens C, Krikava J. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (2013). 26:299-310.

Worksites and Programming

Adult Weight Management Across the Community: Population-Level Impact of the LOSE IT to WIN IT Challenge. 

VanWormer JJ, Pereira RF, Sillah A, Sidebottom AC, Benson GA, Lindberg R, Winters C, Boucher JL. Obesity Science & Practice (2018).

Two-Year Impact of Lifestyle Changes on Workplace Productivity Loss in the Heart of New Ulm Project

VanWormer JJ, Boucher JL, Sidebottom AC. Occupational Environmental Medicine (2015). 0:1-3.

Program Participation and Blood Pressure Improvement Over 2 Years in the Heart of New Ulm Project

Sillah A, Sidebottom AC, Boucher JL, Pereira RF, VanWormer JJ. Preventing Chronic Disease (2014). 11: E48.

Perceptions on How Technology Can Support Individual and Community Efforts to Lead Heart-Healthy Lifestyles

Kleckner, VL, Boucher JL, Benson GA. Topics in Clinical Nutrition (2012). 27(2):156-163.

Stress and Workplace Productivity Loss in the Heart of New Ulm Project

VanWormer JJ, Fyfe-Johnson AL, Boucher JL, Johnson PJ, Britt HR, Thygeson NM, Dusek JA. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2011). 53(10): 1106-1109.


Medication Adherence, Cascade Screening, and Lifestyle Patterns Among Women With Hypercholesterolemia: Results From the WomenHeart Survey

Benson GA, Witt DR, VanWormer JJ, Campbell SM, Sillah A, MPH, Hayes SN, Lui M, Gulati M. Journal of Clinical Lipidology (2016). 10,937-943.

The Impact of Cooking Classes on Food-Related Preferences, Attitudes, and Behaviors of School-Aged Children: A Systematic Review of the Evidence, 2003–2014.

Hersch D, Perdue L, Ambroz T, Boucher JL. Preventing Chronic Disease (2014). 11.


The Role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Population Health Research: Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project. Weight Management Matters, Fall 2014, Volume 13 No. 2. (Weight Management Matters is the newsletter of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.)

Developing Culturally Appropriate Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Interventions: The Heart of New Ulm Project’s Success. SCAN's Pulse, Fall 2013, Vol. 32, No. 4. (SCAN is a dietetic practice group for Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition for members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.)

Portraits of Prevention: Approaches to Launching Successful Programs. Spring, 2011; American Dietetic Association, ADA Times.

The Heart of New Ulm Project: Health care system led community-level primary prevention of myocardial infarctions. Summer, 2010; CV Network, 9, 12-13.

Heart of New Ulm: A project to prevent heart attacks. March, 2009; Minnesota Health Care News, 7, 14-15.

Population Health: Managing Health in a Reformed Environment. June, 2009; Inside Edge, Scottsdale Institute. 

Eliminating heart attacks: The Heart of New Ulm Project. November, 2008; Minnesota Physician.