The Complete Health Improvement (certificate) Program
Formerly Coronary Health Improvement Project, CHIP - is an affordable, lifestyle enrichment program designed to reduce disease risk factors through the adoption of better health habits and appropriate lifestyle modifications. The goal is to lower blood cholesterol, hypertension, and blood sugar levels and reduce excess weight. This is done by improving dietary choices, enhancing daily exercise, increasing support systems and decreasing stress, thus aiding in preventing and reversing disease.
CHIP addresses the fact that 75% or more of our Western diseases are “lifestyle-related,” according to the U.S. Surgeon General. These diseases are the result of our processed diet; lack of exercise; overuse of cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine; increased levels of stress; and the poor quality of our support systems.
CHIP is an educational program
Since the mind, body, heart, and spirit all play vital roles in achieving optimal health, CHIP is designed to help participants achieve the priceless benefits that come with optimal health. Rather than just receiving information on diet and activity, CHIP participants are also given tools to help with becoming resilient, managing stress, building and strengthening relationships, finding meaning and purpose, and maintaining positive change. CHIP is not simply a short term intervention, it’s an educational program designed to guide participants through the challenges associated with adopting a new lifestyle, one filled with healthy behaviors that lead to optimal health.
CHIP takes participants through an intensive educational program. Throughout the program, participants are guided through the various stages of lifestyle change, shown the benefits of an optimal lifestyle, and given the tools needed to maintain positive lifestyle changes. Sessions are conducted in a group setting, which provides a supportive environment that reinforces positive lifestyle behaviors and builds lasting friendships. At various points throughout the program, participants take part in blood draws and health risk assessments, to track their progress throughout the program and guide them on their own unique journey.
Through the use of entertaining educational video sessions and the supporting text “Learn more about CHIP”, participants are given a wealth of knowledge needed to make positive lifestyle changes. This information is reinforced by the “Live More” workbook, and CHIP facilitators who challenge participants to live the best life possible, while providing invaluable encouragement throughout the journey. Participants can look forward to the following group sessions: CHIP Sessions