CRI LEP in Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA, is a city of history and legend. Savannah is also in the "stroke belt" across the Southeast United States, where a high incidence of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes contributes to some of the greatest health disparities and highest medical costs in the nation. More than 26 percent of Savannah residents live below the poverty line, a rate that exceeds statewide poverty levels by more than 10 percent.1


In 2014, Canyon Ranch Institute partnered with Morris Multimedia, Inc., and Charles H. and Rosalie Morris to offer the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) in Savannah, GA. The program aims to eliminate health disparities and empower residents of Savannah to prevent chronic disease and embrace a life of wellness.

The CRI LEP in Savannah is offered through CRI partner the Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, Inc., (CVCPHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center offering a wide range of health services to the uninsured and underinsured in Savannah. CVCPHC is a partner of the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, a body of stakeholders that collaborates to improve health outcomes in Chatham County, GA.

The CRI LEP in Savannah is made possible by longtime Savannah residents Charles H. and Rosalie Morris. The Morrises have been Canyon Ranch guests in Tucson, AZ, and Lenox, MA, for more than 20 years.

How We’re Making a Difference

The CRI LEP in Savannah aims to eliminate health disparities by reducing risk factors for chronic disease, advancing health literacy, and providing tools so people can choose to live a life of wellness.

In early 2014, members of the inter-disciplinary Core Team selected for the CRI LEP in Savannah completed their training at the Canyon Ranch Life Enhancement Center in Tucson. Soon after, Canyon Ranch Institute experts guided the Core Team through a four-day Bridge Practicum training in Savannah to customize the CRI LEP so that the program is culturally and linguistically appropriate in Savannah. The first group of participants started experiencing the CRI Life Enhancement Program in Savannah in March 2014.

Since then, Savannah-area residents have participated in CRI LEP group sessions, One-On-One consultations, and community activities based on the integrative health approach that addresses physical activity, nutrition, behavior change, stress management, and social support to improve health literacy, and prevent disease. As part of the CRI LEP, yoga classes, fitness sessions, and community walking groups are offered at the Charles H. Morris Center and at the CVCPHC.


Canyon Ranch Institute evaluates the CRI LEP’s effectiveness across the entire scope of our integrative model of health. CRI measures the impact of addressing health literacy in regard to participants’ changes in nutrition, physical activity, physical health, knowledge, stress, and attitudes. Results from the CRI LEP indicate participants experience a number of healthy changes. Among the improvements are adopting healthier behaviors, losing weight, improving their strength, feeling less depressed, knowing more about health, lowering blood pressure, increasing the ability to manage stress and pain, making healthier food and portion choices, and engaging more with their community.

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1 U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts. 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