Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We're on Facebook!

When I came to the Ranch in 2008, one of my goals was to get Canyon Ranch on Facebook. Well, we finally did it, and I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with our Page. I gave it a few months before I posted a blog about it to make sure it was worth it. And it definitely is! We send out fun health tips, inspirational thoughts, and informative facts every few days. Plus, guests can share stories and photos of their time at the Ranch. I'm so happy that its catching on and that we have over 1300 Fans thus far!! Check it out and become a Fan at Facebook Canyon Ranch.

To Your Good Health!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What Canyon Ranch is All About...

We were pretty excited January 3 to pick up the local Sunday paper, open PARADE magazine, and find that Canyon Ranch in Lenox was featured in the lead story. (The next day the CBS Early Show also featured health tips with some great footage from Lenox.)

As part of the magazine’s New Year’s focus on health and self-improvement, PARADE sent two young actors – Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, stars of “The Big Bang Theory” – to Canyon Ranch in Lenox for a lifestyle tune-up under the supervision of Canyon Ranch Corporate Medical Director (and PARADE Contributing Editor) Dr. Mark Liponis.

Both actors are young and basically healthy, but both had issues they wanted to work on.
Interestingly, the lab tests ordered by Dr. Liponis revealed that, while Cuoco and Galecki posted some great body-composition and heart-health numbers, they definitely had room for improvement. Of course, Dr. Liponis and his team advised them about how to be healthier.

One thing I really liked about this story is that it clearly communicated the Canyon Ranch philosophy of improving health through positive, down-to-earth lifestyle changes, and it encouraged readers to create their own “health makeovers.” Even more, though, I liked the way it showcased thin, healthy people in their twenties and thirties, and showed how they too can benefit – a lot – from in-depth assessment and advice from experts.

If someone clearly tells you how you can prevent problems later on by improving your habits now, that can be incredibly powerful. And that’s what Canyon Ranch is all about.
Live Healthy!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Extraordinary Jewel

Last Sunday, I attended a local brunch at which Canyon Ranch was honored as an “Extraordinary Jewel” in the Tucson community for its committment to philanthropy. The organizer of the women’s event asked me to give a give a brief introduction of the history of the Ranch and my grandparents’ inspiration – something I was happy to do. I tried my best to bring a personal touch to the Ranch and what it means to me. It was also very meaningful to have my family in the audience- my grandmother, Enid, my mom, Jill, my aunt, Amy, my great-aunt, Paula, and my cousin, Robyn.

After my nerve-wracked words, three of our own Canyon Ranch professionals gave brief presentations on how to get healthy and stick with it. Lisa Powell, our Director of Nutrition, gave tips for eating clean, nourishing food. Her advice included eating foods as close to their natural state as possible, i.e. avoiding highly processed food saturated with additives and chemicals.

Stephanie Richardson, an Exercise Physiologist at the Ranch, charmed the audience with her southern accent and encouraged the women in the audience to “crawl, walk, run”: begin an exercise regime slowly, trying to fit exercise in your life where it works for you. For example, go on a 20 minute walk and lift some weights after you brush your teeth! Slowly you can increase the length and intensity of these workouts. A great example she gave of an exercise you can do anywhere is sitting at the edge of your chair, feet in front of you under your knees, and simply standing without help from your hands. We all did this about 10 times at our tables – and trust me, we felt the burn!

Ann Pardo, our Director of Life Management, wrapped up the discussion, emphasizing the importance of “focus” in one’s life. She encouraged us all to look around the room to recognize the beauty in the simplest things – the design in the chandelier and the pattern of the clouds out the windows. It’s important to take some time for yourself and soak it all in.

Following the presentations, the attendees flooded the presenters with questions. At least two women announced that they now lived in Tucson because of Canyon Ranch – they visited the Ranch years ago and fell in love with the beauty of our desert city, and now here they are, local Tucsonans. We also heard stories from a lady whose husband used to stay at the old Double U Ranch with his family before it was Canyon Ranch and still has 16mm films of the Double U in its heyday.

It was great to meet many of the influential women in the Tucson community and hear their stories. I even ran into my old high school student council advisor, Mrs. Green. Wow how time flies!

To Your Good Health!