Canyon Ranch Institute's 10th Anniversary

Canyon Ranch Institute – Celebrating a decade of dedication to health & wellness

A message from Dr. Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, President of Canyon Ranch Institute

I hope that your new year is off to a great start. At Canyon Ranch Institute,® 2012 ended with lots of action – we celebrated 10 years of changing lives for the better, we were recognized with a prestigious national award, and we started two new partnerships.

If you’ve heard me speak at Canyon Ranch, you know that health literacy was embedded in everything I did as 17th Surgeon General of the United States, and the same is true at CRI. In recognition of CRI’s contributions to the field of health literacy, Health Literacy Innovations honored us with First Place in their Champion Award category.

Health literacy is also a key component of our new partnership with The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., R.N., is Dean of the College of Nursing and OSU’s chief wellness officer. She and I are fervent in our shared belief that the nursing profession is ideally positioned to pioneer new approaches in health literacy, integrative health and prevention. I serve as the Dean’s distinguished professor of health promotion and entrepreneurship. My CRI colleagues Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., are also faculty members, bringing their expertise to curriculum development, community-based programming and research, and teaching.

I’m thrilled that CRI and the OSU College of Nursing are launching the first nurse-led CRI Life Enhancement Program® in a low-income area of Columbus, Ohio. There is widespread recognition of the CRI Life Enhancement Program as a national model for improving the health of people from many walks of life, from immigrants living in the South Bronx, to residents of a farming community in northern Missouri.

The CRI Life Enhancement Program is also the basis of our new partnership with Tucson Medical Center. CRI is already partnered with El Rio Community Health Center and the Zuckerman Family Foundation in South Tucson, a largely Hispanic community, and the outcomes are being noted by experts nationally. For the first time in the history of the CRI Life Enhancement Program, the partnership with Tucson Medical Center will allow us to include children. Both our experience and the scientific data show that the earlier in life that children and their parents have the tools to make healthy choices “stick,” the better chances the kids have for success in school and in life.

CRI is a dynamic tribute to Mel and Enid Zuckerman’s original and lasting vision to inspire and empower optimal wellness for all people. May we reach more communities every year and improve public health everywhere!

You can help support a healthier future by volunteering or donating to CRI. Learn more at, or call 520-239-8561, Ext. 4664.

Canyon Ranch Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.