Online Program

Using family-based health literacy curriculum to improve the health of children and adults: The Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program for Families

Monday, November 4, 2013

Kristen Haven, MA, MPH, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, AZ
Chuck Palm, MPH, Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, AZ
Andrew Pleasant, PhD, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, AZ
Jennifer Cabe, MA, Executive Director, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, AZ
Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, President, Board of Directors, Canyon Ranch Institute, Tucson, AZ
Wellness programs that engage the reciprocal influence of adults and children are more effective than programs that primarily engage with children, yet family relationships are frequently overlooked in program development and implementation. The Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) for Families uses a health literacy and integrative wellness approach within family systems to improve social capital and health for underserved families in Tucson, Arizona. The 12-session CRI LEP for Families, based on analysis of data from the highly successful adult CRI LEP, extensive literature review, and input from an advisory committee of specialists in family and parenting theory, child nutrition, and children's mindfulness, evaluates all participants pre- and post-program to capture changes in the home environment (e.g., schedules, family mealtimes, food storage, family behavioral changes) and children's health behaviors and communication with parents. The original CRI LEP has produced statistically and clinically significant improvements among adults in a variety of blood markers, strength and flexibility, self-efficacy, reductions in feelings of depression and stress, improvements in nutrition and eating habits, and other improvement in behavior and physical and mental health. Expected outcomes for adult-child dyads in the CRI LEP for Families include increase in meals eaten together, salutogenic changes in the home food environment, and increased adult-child communication regarding health behaviors. In contrast to programs that primarily engage children, this program deliberately involves adults as key agents of change in their children's health and wellness. The most up-to-date data available will be included in this presentation.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate how constructs from health literacy and family systems theories provide unique learning pathways compatible with sustainable health-promoting behaviors across the life course. Identify principles and activities from the CRI LEP for Families that may be applicable to other integrative wellness and/or family health literacy programs.

Keyword(s): Health Literacy, Child Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a graduate research fellow at Canyon Ranch Institute, I took the lead on formative research, curriculum development, and planning for the program described (Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program for Families).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.