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Two Canyon Ranch Institute Programs Featured at Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conference

At the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, CRI Senior Advisor for Nutrition Science Kelly Shannon presented nutrition-focused results from the Tucson, AZ, pilot of the CRI Healthy Community Program with CRI partners Grow 2B Fit and Apollo Middle School. Mary Atkinson, R.D., Director of Wellness for CRI partner Tucson Medical Center, presented about the role of food and nutrition in helping create healthy changes for youth and adults who participated in the pilot of the CRI Life Enhancement Program for Families.

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CRI’s Richard Carmona Speaks at Women’s Health Conference

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, addressed 1,200 Kansas City women with a keynote presentation, “30 Days to a Better Brain,” at Shawnee Mission Health’s annual Living in Vitality health education conference for women.

CRI’s Ted Vickey Participates in Fitbit Captivate 2015

CRI Senior Advisor for Disruptive Health Technologies Ted Vickey, M.S., participated in the Fitbit Captivate 2015 conference in San Francisco, CA. The event brought together wellness leaders, human resources executives, and industry experts to discuss successful wellness strategies improve the health and well-being of people in a wide range of communities and organizations. Ted participated in the event to help CRI continue to innovate in integrating consumer-facing digital health technologies into our programs serving low-income communities.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Joins Health Network Advisory Council

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., spoke to the Tucson-based Interfaith Community Services’ (ICS) Faith and Community Health Network Advisory Council about health literacy and integrative health as powerful tools to improve health and well-being. Andrew was also asked to join the Advisory Council, and will assist with ICS’ Care Partners Program. The program joins health care facilities, community services, and faith communities to help improve health care outcomes and quality of life for people transitioning from hospital to home.

CRI’s Richard Carmona Speaks on Public Health and Politics

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, spoke about “Prevention, Preparedness, Plagues and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General,” at the HealthTrust annual conference. His keynote presentation detailed his journey from high school drop-out to 17th Surgeon General of the United States, what it took to be an agent of change as the nation’s top public health official, and our nation’s partisan history in evolving health care policy.

CRI Healthy World Scholarship Awarded to People Who Work with Food

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To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Canyon Ranch and to further Canyon Ranch Institute’s community efforts, Canyon Ranch generously donated 25 stays at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, as scholarships for people who work or volunteer in low-income and medically underserved communities. The Healthy Table scholarship group was comprised of six people who work with food and nutrition to help improve health and wellness in their communities. They participated in a wide range of activities at Canyon Ranch to share knowledge and help them gain new insights. CRI team members, including Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A., Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Nutrition Science Kelly Shannon, Intern Haile Thomas, and Senior Advisor for Disruptive Health Technologies Ted Vickey, M.S., helped facilitate discussions. In addition, participants were treated to an in-depth explanation of the Canyon Ranch food philosophy and a kitchen tour with Canyon Ranch Corporate Food Development Manager Marilyn Majchrzak, M.P.H., Canyon Ranch Corporate Chef Scott Uehlein, and Executive Chef for Canyon Ranch in Tucson Justin Morrow.

CRI’s Richard Carmona and David Satcher Participate in Surgeons General Summit

CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, along with CRI Board Member David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP, FACPM, FACP, participated with other current and past U.S. Surgeons General in a panel discussion focused on the “Health of Minority Populations in the United States: Past, Present, and Future” at the 113th Annual National Medical Association Convention and Scientific Assembly in Detroit, MI.

CRI’s Andrew Pleasant Delivers Opening Keynote at Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Quality Forum

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., delivered the opening keynote at the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc.’s Quality Forum. The Quality Forum is designed to educate health professionals about ways to improve health care quality and the use of technology. Andrew’s presentation, “Health Literacy: A Method to Transform Our Sick Care System into a True Health Care System,” addressed how health literacy can help transform the current health care system approach to focus on prevention, in order to save money while improving people’s lives and overall community health.

CRI Healthy Garden at CRI Partner Apollo Middle School Earns Arizona State Certification

The CRI Healthy Garden at Apollo Middle School in south Tucson, AZ, is now one of only 22 school gardens in Arizona certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services. This means that the fresh produce grown in the school garden can be served at the school. The produce, which students help plant, grow, and harvest, will be enjoyed on-site in Apollo’s school cafeteria and in the Apollo Healthy Kitchen, where students learn to cook. Any extra garden produce is shared by CRI with the community and donated to local non-profit organizations.

CRI Healthy World Scholarship Awarded to Healthy Garden Group

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To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Canyon Ranch and to further Canyon Ranch Institute’s community efforts, Canyon Ranch generously donated 25 stays at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, as scholarships for people who work or volunteer in low-income and medically underserved communities. The Healthy Garden scholarship group was comprised of four people who help improve health and well-being through their work in gardens and other spaces where people get in touch with the natural world. The scholarship recipients participated in a wide range of activities at Canyon Ranch to help them gain new insights. CRI team members, including Executive Director Jennifer Cabe, M.A.; Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.; Program and Evaluation Coordinator Chad Lewis; and Senior Advisor for Outreach Jan McIntire helped facilitate discussions. Experts from Canyon Ranch gave presentations on topics such as desert landscaping and feng shui of gardens. In addition, architect Molly Scanlon, FAIA, FACHA, spoke to the group about “The Golden Ratio: A Standard of Measure for Mind Body Medicine Research,” and plant biologist and author Susan Tweit presented on “Planting a Neighborhood: How Gardens, Trails & Habitat Restoration Transformed a Community.

CRI’s Haile Thomas Demonstrates Healthy Cooking at Canyon Ranch Family Night

CRI intern and award-winning teen chef Haile Thomas used fresh, organic ingredients from our CRI Healthy Garden at Apollo Middle School in Tucson, AZ, and our brand-new CRI Healthy Garden at Canyon Ranch for a fun and delicious Family Night cooking demonstration at Canyon Ranch. Haile taught Canyon Ranch employees and their families how to cook and enjoy healthy foods on a budget, preparing two of her favorite recipes: Zoodles with Sundried Tomato Basil Sauce, and BBQ Sweet Potato Tortizza.