CRI Monthly Update

Dear Friend of Canyon Ranch Institute,

At Canyon Ranch Institute, we are collaborating with our partners and friends like you to realize The Power & Possibility of a Healthy World. Those few words embrace our proud history and future with Canyon Ranch and the vision of CRI President and 17th U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard H. Carmona. Every day, we are meeting our mission to help educate, inspire, and empower every person to prevent disease and embrace a life of wellness. In the four years that I've had the privilege of serving as the executive director of Canyon Ranch Institute, I've been awed by success stories of the people who have participated in our programs. And if I ever write a book about CRI, the story of Monserrate Perez will be at the front of that book! Please see Monserrate's story "In the Spotlight" of this Monthly Update.


Jennifer Cabe, M.A.
In Good Health,

Jennifer Cabe, M.A.

Executive Director
and Board Member 



educate. inspire. empower.

Time to Talk CARDIO Newsletter 

The Ticker - Spring 2011   


Time to Talk CARDIO Spring NewsletterThe spring edition of the Time to Talk CARDIO newsletter highlights the launch of Hora de Hablar CARDIO, the Spanish-language adaptation of this award-winning program that aims to improve communication about heart health. Read More  






Flu Shots: Public Health Begins with You 

Huffington Post - March 7, 2011  


Dr. Richard CarmonaIn this article, co-authors CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006), and William Schaffner, M.D., president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, advocate timely influenza vaccination as a key to flu prevention.  


CRI Executive Director Jennifer Cabe and CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Dr. Andrew Pleasant Speak at Arizona State University 

Phoenix, AZ 


CRI Team Members Present at ASU College of Nursing & Health InnovationAt the invitation of Dean Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., R.N., CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., spoke at the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation. Their talk, "Health Literacy, Integrative Health, and Prevention: Policy, Research, and Practice" reviewed all CRI partnerships and programs. Read More 


Coming to Consensus on Health Literacy Measurement 

Nursing Outlook - April 2011   


Nursing OutlookAs an emerging field of inquiry, health literacy requires measurement tools to study interventions and identify best practices. This article, authored by CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., and Julie McKinney, M.S., identifies areas of consensus about health literacy measurement. Read More


CRI Executive Director Jennifer Cabe Speaks at Washington Spa Alliance Symposium 

Washington, D.C.

At the first annual Washington Spa Alliance Symposium at the National Press Club, CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., addressed health and wellness experts and spa industry thought leaders. Read More 


In the Spotlight

The Canyon Ranch Institute  

Life Enhancement Program  

Saved My Life


Monserrate Perez, CRI LEP at UHP Program Participant 

From left: CRI LEP participant Monserrate Perez and UHP personal trainer Luis Vasquez work out at Canyon Ranch Institute Health & Wellness Center at Urban Health Plan.

I've been a patient at UHP for four years. Two and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I weighed 253 pounds and had a 38-inch waist. This was serious; I was so upset. My mother died of complications from diabetes and my grandmother was diabetic and lost her sight. I was overweight, depressed, and stressed out, but then I met Cecibel Goler who recommended me for the Life Enhancement Program.

There are three things I learned to do from the program: exercise for 30 minutes every day, eat healthy, and take my medication. Over the past 10 months, I lost 53 pounds. I feel great and feel 20 years younger. This program saved my life. I don't have to take my diabetes medication anymore. Even my high blood pressure is under control!

I learned how to eat and how to exercise. Before I would eat two pizzas with extra cheese. Now I don't eat red meat, no pizza, only chicken and fish. I used to belong to a gym in Hunts Point, but I never worked out. I wasn't motivated. But at the LEP, you have Luis the personal trainer, Patricia, and Cecibel the nutritionist. I exercise five days a week at the gym at LEP, one day at home, and I rest one day.

I wish someone had told me how to live this way. I would have done this years ago. I smile more now; life is totally different. I tell everyone about this program. I want them to feel the way I feel. Before I always had negative thoughts; "I'm sick, I have diabetes." Now I don't even think about it. I'm controlling the diabetes, it doesn't control me.  


- Monserrate Perez     

CRI Life Enhancement Program Participant, 

Urban Health Plan, South Bronx, NY  



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