CRI PARTNERSHIPS AND PROGRAMS EXPAND TO ENHANCE HEALTH OF INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES
Dear Friend of Canyon Ranch Institute.
Through the generosity of people like you, Canyon Ranch Institute is empowered to share the best practices of Canyon Ranch and our partners to help educate, inspire, and empower every person to prevent disease and embrace a life of wellness. On behalf of the Canyon Ranch Institute Board of Directors and our exemplary CRI team, I extend our sincere thanks for sharing our vision of a healthy world. The support of your tax-deductible contribution will help Canyon Ranch Institute continue to advance health literacy, improve prevention, and eliminate health disparities.
In Good Health,
Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS
President, Canyon Ranch Institute
17th Surgeon General of the United States
On Twitter @DrRichCarmona
During the first CRI Healthy Community program, which we offered at Apollo Middle School in south Tucson, AZ, I visited with families who truly want to be healthier but need help to achieve their health goals. CRI partnered with the non-profit Grow 2B Fit to offer the program. Adults and kids visited Apollo's demonstration kitchen where they made delicious meals, and then went to the gym to experience exercise. The families also learned about stress management, including yoga and meditation. Finally, kids and adults planted, maintained, and harvested herbs and vegetables from the schoolyard garden that CRI built with them. A lot of positive changes occurred, and we're very proud of this new program!
With generous funding from our friends Charles H. and Rosalie Morris, Savannah, GA, is becoming healthier. Two groups of participants completed the CRI Life Enhancement Program with Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, and more will participate in the years ahead. Volunteers helped plant raised garden beds at historic Trustees' Garden and provide hands-on maintenance and harvest the bounty to share with people in need. The enthusiasm of the Savannah community for health and well-being led CRI to form the CRI Savannah Partnership (CRISP) as a way to involve businesses, organizations, and individuals in developing a healthy future for Savannah.
Our partner Berkshire Health Systems in western Massachusetts near Canyon Ranch in Lenox have wholeheartedly embraced the CRI Life Enhancement Program. The video story of the program and participants such as Terri Daniels (shown here with Mark Pettus, M.D., BHS Medical Director, left, and David Phelps, BHS President and CEO, right) was screened at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association - a great honor in our field! In 2015, Berkshire Health Systems and CRI will extend the CRI Life Enhancement Program to residents of the rural, southern part of Berkshire County.
CRI partner Urban Health Plan (UHP) community health center in my childhood neighborhood of the South Bronx, NY, completed a major expansion that included a demonstration kitchen, which is the pilot site of the CRI Healthy Table program. UHP nutritionist Karla Giboyeaux, M.A., R.D., was trained to lead the program through an internship with the Canyon Ranch Culinary Department. Through the CRI Healthy Table program, UHP patients have access to lunch-and-learn sessions, and hands-on cooking classes that feature delicious, affordable, and nutritious recipes. The CRI Healthy Table program also includes a nutritionist-led visit to a farmer's market and a grocery store tour to help guide participants in making healthy food choices, including understanding food labels.
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