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Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics

The Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics encourages individuals to think about their health through preventive measures before it becomes medically necessary to seek care. With access to key professionals and state-of-the-art technology, the Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics uses genetic information to help people understand their risks, prevent, help manage, and, in some cases, reduce the expression of inherited disease. This focus along with complimentary preventive and wellness based offerings provides a unique opportunity for individuals to take an active approach to a healthier life. This Center is the first of its kind in the region.

Services are located at Choice Health and Fitness (4401 S. 11th Street) and are available to the public.

Call 701.732.7620 for more information.

Healthy and Fit Kids and Families

Healthy and Fit Kids offers physical and nutrition education for kids and their families. This program can be tailored to fit the needs of each child, with registered dietitians and health & wellness specialists dedicated to helping kids learn how to be healthy and happy. Individual consultations and group sessions are offered.

View our flyer to learn more about program options.

Healthy and Fit Application

For more information or to sign up, call 701.732.7620


The Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics uses genetic information to help people understand their risks, prevent, help manage, and, in some cases, reduce the expression of inherited disease. Currently, genetic assessments and testing options are offered for breast, ovarian and colorectal cancer.

Genetic Risk Assessment

A cancer risk assessment looks at personal and family risk factors that may put you at higher risk for cancer. Knowing your risk helps you learn what you can do to lower your chances of getting cancer.

Reasons for having a cancer risk assessment include:

  • To understand if cancer runs in your family
  • To learn if cancer has been caused by an inherited genetic change
  • To see if genetic testing will be of value to you or your family
  • To find out your risk for cancer
  • To learn what you can do about your risk for cancer

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing looks for specific inherited changes in a person’s chromosomes, genes, or proteins. These changes are also called mutations. The changes can have harmful, beneficial, neutral (no effect), or uncertain effects on health.

When certain cancers occur frequently in a family, it can be an important preventive step to learn if an inherited gene mutation is apparent. The cancer risks in hereditary cancer families are much higher than the general population, and steps can be taken to prevent these cancers or detect them early.

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Who should consider a genetic risk assessment?

Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Personal or Family history of:

  • Breast cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Ovarian cancer at any age
  • Two breast cancers in same person or same side of the family
  • Male breast cancer at any age
  • Triple negative breast cancer at any age
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and a personal or family history of an HBOC (Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer) associated cancer
  • Three or more HBOC-associated cancers at any age (breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic)
  • A previously identified HBOC syndrome mutation in your family

Colorectal Cancer

Personal or Family history of:

  • Colorectal cancer before age 50
  • Endometrial cancer before age 50
  • 2 or more Lynch syndrome cancers at any age
  • A previously identified Lynch syndrome mutation in the family
  • Ten or more cumulative colorectal adenomatous polyp(s)
  • A previously identified polyposis syndrome in the family

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 701.732.7620

Resource links:

National Cancer Institute

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Wellness and Prevention

The Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics encourages people to take an active approach to a healthier life. Through proper nutrition, fitness and preventive care, our team of experts can help get you on the road to better health.

Prevention and Wellness Packages

Mindfulness Based Intervention (MBI)

Mindfulness Based Intervention (MBI) is an evidence-based treatment intervention that uses the ancient practice of mindfulness – being present in the moment and paying attention to your thoughts, body and emotions. MBI uses meditation to encourage present-moment awareness and deep relaxation.

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Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga focuses on gentle movement, postures, breathing, mindful awareness and meditation for a mind-body approach to health& well-being. Restorative yoga is fitting for any fitness level and can support healing during injury or surgical recovery, and is beneficial for those living with physical or mental illness or anyone looking to reduce stress and improve wellness.

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Healthy and Fit Kids and Families

Kids will work with a health and wellness specialist, trained in exercise prescription, and a registered dietitian to learn how to be active and eat healthy in a fun way. Learn more.

Weight Management Program

Altru’s Weight Management Program offers solutions for weight loss, weight management and lifestyle change at any level. Whether you desire to lose 10 or 100 pounds, our team of experts including providers, dietitians and health & wellness specialists offer comprehensive tracks to fit your needs.

The Runners Package

Whether you are training for your first 5K or gearing up for your next marathon, Altru’s Runners Package can help you meet your goals. This comprehensive program offers recommendations on diet, technique, training and injury prevention to help you improve your performance.

Exercise and Nutrition Packages

The key to a healthy lifestyle is understanding both your nutritional and exercise needs. Altru’s dietitians and health & wellness specialist offer comprehensive packages tailored to fit your needs.

Medically Supervised Exercise

Whether you are recovering from injury, living with health conditions, or are simply new to exercise, medically supervised exercise is a stress-free, personalized program tailored to fit your needs. You’ll work with a certified medical professional who will guide you through workouts in a fun, yet private, setting. Workouts will be built based around your needs and abilities, and will progress in difficulty in a manner both you and your coach are comfortable with.

Health Coaching

Health coaching through the Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics is a lifestyle behavior change program. A certified health and wellness coach will help you focus on an area that is important to you, and will provide you with the tools and support you need to succeed. Areas of focus are nutrition, fitness, stress, weight and health.

Nutrition Series | Clean Eating

Altru’s dietitians offer a six week program that covers all you need to know about clean eating. Sessions include a grocery store tour, cooking demonstration and education on what’s clean and what’s not.

Other Services

  • STOTT® Pilates
  • Video Gait Analysis
  • Nutrition Consultations
  • Provider Presentations

For more information on programs and services, call 701.732.7620.

Health Assessments and Screenings

The Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics encourages individuals to take an active approach to a healthier life. A key feature offered at the Center is a self-serve kiosk equipped with comprehensive health and wellness assessments. This kiosk, along with many health and wellness screenings and assessments offered by providers, helps people understand their risks and guide them down the proper path toward a healthy tomorrow.

Screening Offered:

  • Lipid/glucose profile
  • Bone density
  • Body composition

Chiropractic Services

Chiropractic care at Altru focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal and the nervous systems, as well as caring for the general health of an individual. Altru's chiropractor will work collaboratively with physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, and a health & wellness specialist to assist patients in meeting their comprehensive needs. From joint pain to headaches, Altru’s chiropractor cares for individuals of all ages.

Visit Altru's Chiropractic Services to learn more.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 701.732.7620.

Therapy Services

Physical therapists use heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, manual therapy and therapeutic exercise or activities to treat a variety of medical conditions and injuries.

Visit Altru’s Physical Therapy to learn more.

Occupational Therapy

Through restorative treatment methods and adaptive techniques, the Occupational Therapy department at Altru provides the skills for the job of living to clients of all ages. Skills to dress, shop, work, play or cope with disability are all necessary and reflect the variety of our lives. We use restorative treatments, adaptive methods, the environment and assistive technology to reach the patient's goals.

Visit Altru’s Occupational Therapy to learn more.

Lymphedema Treatment

Altru’s lymphedema specialists have advanced training and are certified in lymphedema care and management. Altru’s lymphedema specialists partner with Altru’s Chronic Wound Clinic and Prosthetics and Orthotics Department to provide patients with comprehensive services.

Visit Altru’s Lymphedema Services to learn more.

About Sanny and Jerry Ryan

Sanny and Jerry Ryan committed their lives to supporting community activities and seeking opportunities to fill needs where they exist. Loyal supporters of Altru Health System, their generosity has made a significant difference to hundreds of thousands of patients throughout the region.

Their vision for a healthier community is being fulfilled through the Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics. Sanny and Jerry’s vision of wellness leaves a legacy which benefits the community and its future generations.

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