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The Importance of a Nonpartisan Surgeon General

In this blog post, CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, discusses the need for a U.S. Surgeon General who can be a credible, trusted, nonpartisan voice to educate and reassure Americans and people around the world about public health issues. Richard also proposes significant changes to the Office of the Surgeon General that will ultimately safeguard the health of the American public. Read the article >>

Flu Recommendations for this Fall

As many as one in five Americans get the flu each year and for young children, seniors, and individuals living with chronic conditions, the flu can pose serious health risks. In this contributed article, CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, shares a number of health safety practices that the public should observe in order to limit the risk of contracting and spreading the flu, including staying home if you are sick and washing your hands. Read the article >>

A perfect day of brain health

CRI President and 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, outlines four key areas that help support and maintain brain health: physical health, mental health, emotional wellness, and spirituality. He also shares an antioxidant blueberry smoothie recipe that has several dairy-free and low-fat ingredients to improve overall health. Read the article >>

Happy 35th Anniversary Canyon Ranch! Healthy Living Tips from its founder, Mel Zuckerman

In honor of the 35th anniversary of Canyon Ranch, CRI Founder and Board Member Mel Zuckerman details his personal journey to a life of wellness and shares tips for healthy living, including reading nutrition labels, cooking with family and friends, getting regular exercise, and focusing on gratitude. The article also highlights the shared commitment of Mel and his wife, CRI Founder and Board Vice President Enid Zuckerman, to improving health and wellness of underserved communities through the work of Canyon Ranch Institute. Read the article >>

Help yourself to better health with health literacy, Part 3

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., continues his Connect Savannah series on health literacy by depicting a fictional town in which residents lose the ability to understand, evaluate, and use information for informed healthcare decision-making. Through this story, he underscores the importance of health literacy and community engagement to support long-lasting health and wellness and prevent disease. Read the article >>

‘Friends are medicine’

CRI Executive and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., explains how friendship and social support contribute to our overall health and wellness. Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) participants often develop friendships and hold reunions after the program has concluded. Reunions provide a way for CRI LEP graduates to stay connected and support one another in maintaining their healthy choices and changes. Read the article >>

Planting a Seed for Health

CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., and CRI Health Literacy and Research Fellow Chad Lewis discuss the concept behind the new CRI Healthy Garden program, and the goal of bringing open spaces and cooperative gardening to all communities. The CRI Healthy Garden in Savannah, GA, is already thriving, and future CRI Healthy Gardens will continue to reflect local ideas of peace, beauty, and cooking tastes. In this feature, Chad also shares how to build your own pallet garden through an instructional video. Read the article >> View the video >>

Help yourself to better health with health literacy, Part 2

In part two of an occasional series of columns in Connect Savannah, CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., provides a sample conversation between a healthcare professional and patient to illustrate health literacy and partnership in action. He also discusses how understanding, evaluating, and using health information to make informed choices can lead to healthier, happier lives. Read the article >>

Using brain power to fight effects of aging

CRI President and 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, discusses in a Q&A how building a better brain – with regular exercise, good nutrition, sleep, and mindfulness – is the key to optimal health and wellness.  He also shares his personal healthy habits and tips for keeping the brain younger through strategies that stave off cognitive decline and improve all-around health. Additional advice for building a better brain and healthy lifestyle can be found in Dr. Carmona’s book, “30 Days to a Better Brain.” Read the article >>

Gratitude in the Garden: CRISP honors volunteers and replants for fall


To celebrate the volunteers who have planted and maintained the bountiful CRI Healthy Garden at Trustees’ Garden, Canyon Ranch Institute held a two-part event on August 23. First, participants harvested leftover summer produce and planted new beds for the fall growing season. Volunteers then enjoyed a celebratory breakfast and learned about what’s next for the Garden. CRI also presented ten Certificates of Appreciation to standout volunteers.

Help yourself to better health with health literacy

In part one of a series of Connect Savannah columns, CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., outlines three steps to improve health literacy that can optimize overall health: be prepared, understand your care providers, and develop a personal health team. Read the article >>

Getting to know you: Healthy Savannah

The Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership (CRISP) invites other local community health organizations and leaders to share their stories in Connect Savannah. This week, Director of Healthy Living & Community Development for Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia Paula Kreissler explains that Healthy Savannah is a social movement that seeks to increase opportunities for everyone to engage in physical activity and eat a nutritious, balanced diet. Read the article >>