CRI LEP in Cleveland, OH

The residents of Cleveland, Ohio, have higher rates of chronic disease than the national average. Factors that contribute to this greater burden of disease include limited access to health care services and lack of health insurance. Over 35 percent of Cleveland residents live below the federal poverty level, as Cleveland has among the lowest per capita incomes in the United States.¹


In spring 2010, Canyon Ranch Institute and the Cleveland Clinic partnered to develop a Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) in Cleveland with the mutual interest of increasing prevention and improving wellness in Cleveland residents. Participants include individuals over 18 years of age who live in the Fairfax and Hough neighborhoods of Cleveland.

Over 33 percent of the residents in Fairfax and 40 percent of the residents in Hough live below the federal poverty level. In addition, both neighborhoods have higher age-adjusted mortality rates for all  causes of disease, heart disease, and cancer.

How We’re Making a Difference

The CRI LEP in Cleveland aims to prevent chronic disease in Cleveland by advancing health literacy, and improving nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and life balance through an integrative approach to health and wellness.

A pilot of the program concluded in winter 2010, and the first group of participants started in early 2011. This group of participants was recruited through the Young Adult Group of the St. Agnes – Our Lady of Fatima Church. Program sessions are held at the church, located in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland.


Canyon Ranch Institute evaluates the CRI LEP’s effectiveness across the entire scope of our integrative model of health. We measure the impact of addressing health literacy in regard to participants’ changes in nutrition, physical activity, physical health, knowledge, stress, and attitudes. Results from the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program indicate participants experience a number of healthy changes. Data reveals participants adopted healthier behaviors, lost weight, are less depressed, know more about health, lowered their blood pressure, increased ability to manage stress and pain, and make healthier food and portion choices.

¹U.S. Bureau of the Census. 2009 American Community Survey.