Complete Health Improvement Program

CHIP is a research-tested lifestyle medicine solution designed to prevent, arrest, and reverse chronic disease. The evidence is overwhelming that lifestyle factors, such as unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, and psychosocial factors are key proximal factors in the pathogenesis and incidence of chronic disease.

Founded more than 30 years ago, CHIP has helped more than 70,000 participants regain their health and featured in more than 40 scientific and health journals, including the prestigious American Journal of Cardiology.  

Unlike live-in lifestyle interventions, CHIP is affordable and community-based. Participants achieve lasting change by applying their new learning in the “real-life” environment of their kitchens, local grocery stores, and restaurants. Trained CHIP facilitators use current adult educational techniques in a dynamic group setting to achieve an atmosphere of accountability and support.

How is it implemented?

Eighteen sessions are delivered over three months: each session contains equal amounts of filmed information and group discussion, interaction, and practical application. CHIP principles are based on regular exercise, plant-based whole foods, adequate water intake, rest, and stress management.

At Midland Health, this program will be delivered in a unique setting where a physician will medically supervise the program. Participants will have access to additional support like nutritional counseling with a dietitian, health coach counseling, weekly educational classes, grocery tours, and referral to a community support group. 

Impressive Data:

On average, CHIP participants at the highest risk experienced benefits after 30 days.
1. Decrease in blood pressure
2. Decrease in weight/BMI
3. Decrease in total cholesterol
4. Decrease in triglycerides
5. Decrease in fasting plasma glucose
6. Better ability to deal with stress

The study published in the American Journal of Cardiology analyzed a cohort of 5,070 community participants in Rockford, IL. For those at highest risk, health benefits after 30 days consisted of the following:

• 3.2% decrease in BMI
• 19.8% decrease in total cholesterol
• 44.1% decrease in triglycerides
• 19.9% decrease in fasting plasma glucose
• 10.4% decrease of participants with metabolic syndrome.  

If you are ready to make lifestyle changes, we are here to help you. Call 432-221-LIFE (5433) to learn more about the CHIP Program.