Morris Multimedia Inc.

Known for its arts, culture, and world-famous food, Savannah is a historic, vibrant city in the Southeast United States - an area known as the "stroke belt" because of the high rate of stroke among people living in this part of the nation. More than 25 percent of Savannah's adults are overweight or obese and nearly one in five adults smoke, which also contributes to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 1,2


Morris Multimedia, Inc. (MMI) is among the largest privately held media companies in the United States. Founded in 1970 in Savannah, GA., by Charles H. Morris, the company today owns and operates over 65 publications, network affiliate television stations, and other media-related ventures in nine states and the Caribbean.

As Canyon Ranch guests in Tucson, AZ, and Lenox, MA, for over 20 years, Charles H. and Rosalie Morris have experienced first-hand how the integrative health approach can lead to better health outcomes. They want the Savannah community to have the same opportunity.

In 2013, the Morrises, in collaboration with MMI, partnered with the Canyon Ranch Institute to explore opportunities for Savannah residents to experience the life-changing impact that the integrative approach to health and wellness can have in their community. That partnership is known as the Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership (CRISP).

The first program made possible through CRISP is the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) in Savannah. Also collaborating in the CRI LEP in Savannah is Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center offering a wide range of health services to the uninsured and under-insured in Savannah.

CRISP has also produced a CRI Healthy Garden on the site of Savannah’s historic Trustees’ Garden, which is located near Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care. Trustees’ Garden is already home to the Charles H. Morris Center, a multi-event venue restored by Charles H. Morris in 2008.

Plans also include the development of a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen on the grounds of Trustees’ Garden. The demonstration kitchen is being modeled on the Canyon Ranch Demo Kitchens in Tucson and Lenox. The Trustees’ Garden demonstration kitchen will offer group presentations, hands-on cooking, and other special events to the Savannah community.

Also part of CRISP, planning is underway to develop a Savannah-based CRI Theater for Health program, leveraging the community’s rich arts and cultural scene. In CRI Theater for Health, the community participates in the development of a play. During the performances, actors and participating community members interact and learn to collaboratively develop solutions to health challenges.

How We’re Making a Difference

With a grant from Charles H. and Rosalie Morris, Canyon Ranch Institute developed a CRI Life Enhancement Program offered with Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Savannah. The Savannah CRI LEP aims to eliminate health disparities and empower residents of Savannah to prevent chronic disease and embrace a life of wellness.

The volunteer-supported CRI Healthy Garden is thriving on the grounds of the historic Trustees’ Garden, and construction of the demonstration kitchen is underway.

¹ U.S. Census Bureau: State and County Quick Facts. Data derived from Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, County Business Patterns, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits, Census of Governments. Accessed January 20, 2014 from

2County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. Accessed January 30, 2014.