Altru, GF Park District, and Altru Family YMCA create programs focused on wellness
Grand Forks, ND – Altru Health System, the Grand Forks Park District and Altru Family YMCA have been working together to create medically-based programs that encourage enhanced wellness in the community.
Altru has a long history with both the Grand Forks Park District and YMCA. “We’ve continually sought ways to help one another. In doing so, we’re creating a healthier tomorrow for the entire community,” notes Jill Wilson, administrative director of Altru’s Regional Operations. “Together, we are creating programs for individuals of all ages to come together, promote wellness and prevent disease.”
These new programs will be featured in the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics, based in Altru’s leased space at Choice Health and Fitness. Elements of the programs will also be available at Altru Family YMCA. The programs will be tailored to meet the needs of each organization’s clientele. “Using a medical wellness component, we are seeking a coordinated way to add value to all programs and events that each facility offers,” offered Heidi Panos, supervisor with Altru’s Outreach Therapy. Initial programming will focus on seven key areas: move well, eat well, enhance, relax, sleep, heart health and prevention. All will include a component of community education.
The team of professionals consist of therapists, physicians, chiropractor, dietitians, health and wellness specialist, athletic trainers and personal trainers who all work closely together to transition patients seamlessly from medical care to a wellness approach.
About the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics
The first of its kind in the region, the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics seeks to encourage individuals to think about their health through preventive measures before it becomes medically necessary to seek care. With access to key professionals, programming and state-of-the-art technology, the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics will utilize genetic information to help people understand their risks, prevent, help manage and, in some cases, reduce the expression of inherited disease.