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U.S. Surgeon General to attend Day of Play in New Ulm

Saturday, Sept. 29 at MLC campus

September 12, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Martin Luther College (MLC) will be promoting healthy activity on Saturday, Sept. 29, with the a New Ulm Area Day of Play event with a major guest - U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

MLC is hosting the event through a partnership with the Hearts Beat Back: Heart of New Ulm Project and the New Ulm Medical Center. The event is part of the Worldwide Day of Play, which was created by the children's TV network Nickelodeon to encourage playing outdoors.

To encourage a physically active lifestyle, the event will feature activities throughout the day, including a scavenger hunt, a dance and a bean bag toss.

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U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin

The visit from Benjamin will be part of two days of activity when she is in Minnesota.

Benjamin's visit will combine an opportunity to learn more about the Heart of New Ulm Project with her preference to base her visits around events that encourage physical activity. She will kick-off the Day of Play events.

On Friday prior to the event, Benjamin will participate in a panel discussion in the Twin Cities as part of the annual meeting of the Minnesota Public Health Association. The panel will focus on the most comprehensive initiatives in the state that emphasize creating stronger, healthier communities from the ground up. The panel will feature Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger with representatives from the Heart of New Ulm Project. University of St. Thomas Senior Health Policy Fellow and former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger will provide comments at the event.

The New Ulm Area Day of Play will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at the MLC campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free to the public.

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