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Date:5/5/2013

ctivity, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, or multiple diagnoses of chronic disease. The CRI LEP evaluates and supports the “whole person” through seven core program elements: nutrition, physical activity, behavior change, sense of purpose, integrative health, stress management and social support and follow up. The 40-hour program, available in English and Spanish, includes but is not limited to 12 three-hour facilitated participatory group sessions that provide participants with tools to make healthy changes, as well as four one-on-one sessions for one-hour each with health professionals who help participants define a personalized approach for optimal physiological, behavioral and social well-being. The CRI LEP is tailored to each community with an inter-disciplinary team of local health professionals. “We approach each person and community as equal collaborators, drawing on our respective strengths to realize a whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” stated Jennifer Cabe, Executive Director & Board Member for Canyon Ranch Institute. The CRI LEP Core Teams at local partner sites include physicians, nutritionists, exercise professionals, social workers, nurses, behavioral health specialists, pharmacists and spirituality professionals. Each member of the Core Team receives 90 hours of training from CRI to integrate their efforts as a team of professionals who can effectively deliver the CRI LEP curriculum. Evaluation results of completed CRI LEP participants show significant improvements in multiple health outcomes, behaviors and attitudes, including a 56% reduction in PHQ-9 depression scores, 44% reduction in stress, 60% reduction in ultra C-reactive protein (a marker for inflammation), 113% increase in exercise per week and 87% increase in mentally or physically health days per month. “Our research is among the first to conclusively show that when you improve health literacy, you can also improve health outcomes,” said Cabe.

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