May 18-25, 2011 - Tucson, AZ
Canyon Ranch Institute and our partner El Rio Community Health Center held a successful three-day Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) Bridge Practicum. The CRI LEP Bridge Practicum is part of the training to support the El Rio Core Team members in learning how to deliver and evaluate the program in their
The CRI LEP with El Rio is designed to help people living and working in
During the training, Canyon Ranch and CRI Founder and Board Member Mel Zuckerman outlined his vision for a healthier
The CRI LEP Bridge Practicum was led by CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D. In addition, CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A.; CRI Evaluation and Program Manager Maura Pereira-Leon, Ph.D.; and CRI Partnerships and Policies Director Christine L. Sardo, M.P.H., R.D., participated in leading the sessions and the simulated patient exercise. Training topics included health literacy, how to conduct one-on-one counseling sessions, nutrition, integrative health, physical activity, behavior change, stress management, and sense of purpose.
For example, Christine worked with El Rio nutritionist Leticia Martinez, R.D., to demonstrate how to select healthy foods at the grocery store, which includes reading food packages, and knowing what to look for – and avoid – on nutrition labels and ingredient labels. Christine also trained Leticia to design and offer cooking demonstrations that feature delicious, affordable, and nutritious meals.
On the third day of their CRI LEP Bridge Practicum, the El Rio core team members tested their new skills by “previewing” the CRI LEP during a three-hour session for a group of potential participants. They received positive feedback. The first group of CRI LEP with El Rio participants is scheduled to start experiencing the program in July.