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Denise Leitz of New Ulm never used to exercise. But after joining the Heart of New Ulm project she has made it a priority to squeeze in an hour-and-a-half bike ride most days. Lorna Benson | MPR News

New Ulm residents fight heart disease

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Lorna Benson

MPR.org | 91.3 FM

NEW ULM — When her weight crept past 300 pounds last year, Denise Leitz, of New Ulm, knew something had to change.

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Her clothes didn’t fit. Airplane seat belts weren’t long enough to reach around her waist —and she was always in pain.

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