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Hilda Colón

The CRI LEP changed my life 100 percent.
 Salud y Bienestar (Health & Wellness Center) designed by Canyon Ranch and Canyon Ranch Institute.
Salud y Bienestar (Health & Wellness Center) designed by Canyon Ranch and Canyon Ranch Institute.

I have type 2 diabetes and arthritis. Before participating in the CRI LEP I also had high cholesterol. I was taking insulin to control my diabetes and three pills a day to manage some other health problems. I wasn’t very interested in leaving the house.

All that has changed. Now, the young people I meet at Urban Health Plan call me “electric.” They want to know where I get my energy. The answer, I tell them, is the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program.

At Urban Health Plan, I learned from my nutritionist to eat small portions of food throughout the day. I also discovered the joy of regular exercise. I have never been to Canyon Ranch, but my nutritionist experienced the CRI LEP “train the trainer” curriculum, and my exercise teacher did too and they always followed the lesson plans in the CRI LEP binders.

The CRI LEP changed my life 100 percent. My doctor told me I could stop using insulin – because my diabetes is under control thanks to my healthy lifestyle. I lost 25 pounds. I exercise at UHP’s Health & Wellness Center. And now I volunteer at Urban Health Plan – a lot. People say they love to be around me. I feel the same way about them.

A lot of people come up to me and are interested in the program. I tell them that, yes, it is worth the effort. It changes you totally, your whole person, physically and spiritually.

People say that I am a great inspiration. I say, we support each other because we all have something to work on. And you know, you have to keep going!

Hilda Colón
Program Participant
CRI Life Enhancement Program at Urban Health Plan
South Bronx. NY