Grand Forks, ND 701-775-2586

Health Trip Blue Zone Challenge



YMCA Health Trip Takes on the Blue Zones Challenge


Grand Forks, ND – The Altru Family YMCA invites the community to join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Health Trip Kick-off celebrating the Altru Family YMCA Blue Zone Recognition and our partnership for this year’s Health Trip event! The event will be held at the Altru Family YMCA on Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 am.


Health Trip invites you to take on the Blue Zones Challenge! YMCA Health Trip partnered with the Grand Forks Blue Zones Project for 2024, bringing a whole new dimension to the event. Together, we will be on our way to living longer, and better by learning the Power 9, or habits of the world longest longest-living people. By participating in weekly challenges and events, you will be entered into weekly giveaways and meanwhile, be impacting your overall well-being.


Cost is only $10 with scholarships available.


To register for this exciting new event, call the Y or visit our web site:

For details, contact Adam Sorum: / 701-775-2586.


About Blue Zones

The term “Blue Zone” comes out of a 2004 National Geographic project that determined geographic pockets around the globe in which the populations lived healthier, happier, and better lives. They were deemed Blue Zones. People in these areas reached the age of 100 at a rate 10 times higher than the United States average with a lower rate of chronic disease.

The Blue Zone Project researched these locations and took away actionable lessons that could be holistically applied to communities. In the U.S., it is essential that these lessons be used in places of work as so much of Americans’ time is spent working.


Learn more about the Grand Forks Blue Zones Project by visiting:


How the Y Became an Approved Organization

Companies that encourage and help facilitate a greater work-life balance, contributing to happier and healthier communities can become “approved organizations”. The Altru Family YMCA accomplished the following: added downshift areas; emphasized taking the stairs over the elevator; highlighted our walking track and outdoor walking areas that employees could take advantage of during their breaks; offered healthy snack options; highlighted community events to foster employee involvement; offered volunteer opportunities for employees; offered community events at the Y such as the monthly Birthday Club; and offered many other health, wellness, and social events and programs for our staff. By meeting these requirements, The Y was awarded the Blue Zone business certification.