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What is CHIP?
The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) - formerly Coronary Health Improvement Project - 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.
Why does CHIP exist?
CHIP is based on the fact that 75% or more of our Western diseases are “lifestyle-related,” according to the U.S. Surgeon General . These diseases are connected to our processed diet; lack of exercise; overuse of cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine; increased levels of stress; and the quality of our support systems. These diseases include:
- Heart Disease
- Certain adult cancers
- Diverticular disease
What is a CHIP program like?
Before the educational program begins, a comprehensive health screen is conducted to establish risk factor levels for each participant. The educational program is presented in several different channels, or formats:
- CHIP in Corporations -- eighteen 25-min video lectures,
25-min class discussion
- Medical CHIP -- customized program for specific disease groups
- CHIP in the Community -- eighteen 45-min video lectures, 45-min class discussion
Health screen results are provided to each participant early in the program, and participants are encouraged to share their results and work closely with their personal physician regarding their need for medication as they modify their lifestyle. Immediately following the program, the health screen is conducted again, and a detailed report is prepared for each participant that compares their risk factor levels before and after going through the program. Reports and course completion certificates are presented at the end of the program. See more details in the Program Outline.
CHIP has over 70,000 graduates worldwide and sustains adherence to the program guidelines through an active "ClubCHIP" member support organization.
Who presents CHIP programs?
Programs are distributed via video for showing at each session. Featured presenters on each video include:
- Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN, program founder and Clinical Professor of Preventative Medicine at Loma Linda University, using his years of experience in the area of lifestyle medicine and charismatic presentation style to guide participants through the fascinating research surrounding dietary and lifestyle choices and our health
- Darren Morton, PhD, author and Senior Lecturer at Avondale College of Higher Education using his years of teaching experience and contagious passion and energy to empower participants with practical ways to make and maintain positive change
- Andrea Avery, MD, Internal Medicine Physician and Professor of Medicine at University of California, Irvine, using her warm personality and experienced bedside manner to encourage participants and provide them with valuable information on how lifestyle medicine and conventional medicine can work together, guiding participants on how to work with their physicians to take charge of their health
The CHIP programs are conducted by trained and licensed CHIP facilitators and offered in more than 350 cities across North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
Is there any proof the CHIP program works?
Program results have been published in over 31 scientific articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, and Preventive Medicine.
CHIP is endorsed by the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), and the International Nutrition Research Foundation.
 McGinnis, J. M. (1988). "The Surgeon General's report on nutrition and health." R I Med J 71(10): 373.
Enrollment in the program
Educational opportunity about improving your life includes: 18 sessions over 12 weeks.
Enrollment in the program includes:
- Baseline, midpoint & endpoint lab work (Lipid profile, Blood sugar) and biometrics to include blood pressure, pulse, waist circumference, weight
- CHIP kit which includes workbook, textbook and cookbook
- All 18 educational sessions, food samples and videos
- Online Health Risk Assessment
- CHIP Moral Contract
To enroll in the CHIP program contact:
Ileana Jarecki, Wellness Coordinator
Occupational Health Services
Danielle Frewing, BSN, RN, Director
Occupational Health Services
“Here's the deal, taking the CHIPs course is a life changing experience.”
– Dr. Michael McGuire
“CHIP is a great program because it isn't about counting calories, it teaches you how to be healthy. If you eat what is healthy, everything else just falls into place. I really enjoyed learning evidence based research about foods to avoid and foods to enrich my life. I now make better meal choices and selections than before, adding more vegetables, fruits and whole grains into my life, and cutting dairy and limiting my meats. The CHIP program was a highly motivational program to teach lifestyle changes, not just a quick fix "diet". I feel it gave me the knowledge to become a healthier person for the long haul. It taught to me try foods and spices I had never even heard of, and they taste delicious! I feel so much better with exercise every day. By eating a more plant based diet I have less joint aches. It was so great that I was excited to tell friends and family about it and I would try to get them to join me in CHIP healthy ways.”
– Stacie Johnson, CCH Employee
“I’m so grateful to CCH for taking a personal interest and investment in the health of their employees. I thought I was fairly healthy before, but I have learned so much more than expected through the CHIP program. Since graduating from CHIP, I’ve been actively taking steps to improve my health. I’ve revamped my kitchen cupboards and my husband and I are enjoying seeing the changes from cooking new and exciting meals for our family as well as tweaking some of our old favorites. We’re also more conscious about being active and trying to reduce the stress in our lives. I’m loving the changes so far and looking forward to what’s to come.”
– Kari Brock, CCH Employee