Canyon Ranch Institute Monthly Update January 2011

Dear Friend of Canyon Ranch Institute,

Before 2010 recedes too far in the rearview mirror, I want to tell you how grateful I am for the support and encouragement of people like you who care passionately about health and wellness. We decided early in 2010 that Canyon Ranch Institute would substantially broaden its reach to a greater number of people, and we succeeded. We welcomed new partners, launched more programs, and presented our ideas and outcomes to worldwide audiences.

Advancing Health Literacy

For example, the CRI Life Enhancement Program continues to improve the health literacy and overall health of people in culturally diverse communities such as the South Bronx, Cleveland, and rural Sullivan County, Missouri. This year, we're expanding the CRI LEP to Tucson, Arizona, and we're grateful to you, our donors and partners, who go the extra mile to bring these amazing opportunities to people in economically disadvantaged communities. As our founder Mel Zuckerman says, we can and must make a difference "one person at a time."

You may have also heard CRI President Richard H. Carmona and our team members say that CRI leverages the proven effectiveness of health literacy as our currency to help people make informed decisions about health. As if to prove that point once again, CRI partner Time to Talk CARDIO has launched Hora de Hablar CARDIO, a culturally translated Spanish-language version of our award-winning Time to Talk CARDIO program that can help patients and health professionals have more productive conversations about heart health. You can try the program yourself at

Going Global
2011 holds great promise. This year, we will expand the CRI mission to South America. As in our own nation, other countries have needs and resources that are appallingly out of balance, especially in matters of health. By collaborating with new partners, CRI is bringing an innovative program to people who work hard to meet basic human needs and are ready to improve the health of their families. We look forward to telling you about this exciting new partnership very soon.

The Power of Possibility
In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever that Canyon Ranch Institute can step up to the daunting challenges in communities that were struggling even before the economic crisis. As the crisis continues to grip our nation and the world, people are less able to buy healthy foods, have less time to take care of themselves, and are running low on hope for the future. Through our partners and programs, CRI offers the power and possibility of health for all people.

If you would like to learn more becoming involved in CRI activities, please visit contact me.

On behalf of all of us at Canyon Ranch Institute, best wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Jennifer Cabe, M.A.
In Good Health,
In Good Health
Jennifer Cabe, M.A.
Executive Director and Board Member

P.S. Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation's new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. CRI supports the goals of Healthy People 2020, and we provided comment that is included in the HHS introductory video "Preparing for the Next Decade: A 2020 Vision for Healthy People." Watch the video.
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