Hearts Beat Back to host sixth annual worksite summit

NEW ULM – Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project is hosting its Sixth Annual Worksite Summit for worksite wellness leaders from area businesses on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Turner Hall, 102 S. State St.

In a presentation titled “Health Jeopardy: Building a Healthier Workplace,” nationally recognized public health, planning and transportation consultant and author Mark Fenton will help worksite wellness leaders learn the importance of creating environments and policies that encourage physical activity as a routine part of daily life. Fenton will test the audience’s health knowledge “Jeopardy-style,” and offer insights into promising approaches to engaging employees in more active lifestyles.

Prior to the Worksite Summit, Fenton will be giving a presentation about active community design to New Ulm community and business leaders (by invitation only) and also a presentation to Brown County commissioners. Following each presentation, he will conduct a walkability audit with the audience. Active community design leads to economically, environmentally and socially thriving cities, town and rural settings where people of all ages, abilities and incomes lead long, vibrant lives.

Fenton is an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy who works with organizations and communities to build environments, policies and programs that create places where more people walk and bicycle more of the time. He is former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television and author of numerous books, including the best-selling “Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss and Fitness.”

Fenton was a member of the United States national racewalking team from 1986 to 1991, and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials in the 50-kilometer (31-mile) racewalk. He studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a researcher at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colo., and manager of Reebok’s Human Performance Laboratory.

There is no charge for worksite wellness leaders to attend the Worksite Summit event and lunch is included. Pre-registration is required by Friday, Oct. 18.

For more information on the Worksite Summit or to register a representative from your company, contact Shawn Hildebrandt at the Heart of New Ulm Project office via e-mail at Shawn.Hildebrandt@allina.com or by calling (507) 217.5549.

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