Canyon Ranch founders, Mel and Enid Zuckerman, have received a unique honor from the Arizona College of Public Health at The University of Arizona. UA president, Peter Likins, announced that the college was re-named the å‘Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Healthå’. This is only the third UA college to be named after a major benefactor.
In the two decades after opening Canyon Ranch Tucson, in 1979, the Zuckermans have developed strong ties with the university. This began with support and collaborations within the departments of Exercise, Physiology, and Nutritional Sciences, and gradually moved into a relationship with the Arizona Health Sciences Centre.
Over the years the Zuckermans have donated more than $20 million to the UA and have been described as “Exemplary advocates of healthier lifestyles throughout the nation.” The couple currently participate on community advisory boards for the Arizona College of Public Health and the Arizona Arthritis Centre, and have also supported the UA Sarver Heart Centre, the Arizona Cancer Centre, and the Programme in Integrative Medicine.
The Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health is the first public health college in the four-corner states and represents a tri-university collaborative effort among The University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.
The mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities with a special emphasis on diverse populations and the Southwest. Programmes concentrate on the reduction of health disparities, the development and maintenance of healthy communities and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.