211940 Adapting a spa based integrative health and wellness program: A demonstration project in the South Bronx

Monday, November 9, 2009

David Bornstein, MSW , Canyon Ranch Institute, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tuscon, AZ
Rainy Dawn Warf, MPH, CHES , Canyon Ranch Institute, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tuscon, AZ
Christine Sardo, MPH, RD , Canyon Ranch Institute, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tuscon, AZ
Jennifer Cabe, MS , Canyon Ranch Institute, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tuscon, AZ
Chronic diseases lead to much of the disability and early death in the world, in large part due to preventable risk factors such as obesity. Prevention of chronic disease is essential to improving quality of life and decreasing health care costs.

Urban Health Plan, Inc. (UHP), a federally qualified community health center in a traditionally underserved community in the South Bronx, NY, was inspired to look beyond health education programming and medical care for more solutions to the problem of chronic disease. In Summer 2007, 10 UHP staff members participated in the Canyon Ranch Life Enhancement Program (LEP), a health and wellness resort in Tucson, AZ. UHP received scholarships from Canyon Ranch Institute (CRI), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that catalyzes the possibility of optimal health for all people.

Canyon Ranch Health Resorts started the LEP in 1989 as a multi-disciplinary program designed to help people achieve optimal health and joyful living through commitment to long-term change. LEP participants learn about and experience integrative health, physical activity, healthy eating, and stress-reduction techniques.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the need for innovative models of integrative health to be adapted with and for underserved populations in order to reduce risks for chronic disease. 2. Describe the participatory process used to adapt the LEP a resort- based health wellness program to an underserved population in the South Bronx. 3. Analyze preliminary program evaluation results from this unique adaptation.

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