New Year, New You? MercyOne Complete Health Improvement Program to Start January 30th
It's a new year; are you ready for a new you? MercyOne Clinton Medical Center will offer a new session of the lifestyle medicine education program, the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), starting Thursday, Jan. 30. CHIP is designed to help you make long-lasting lifestyle changes by addressing the causes of chronic disease and teaching you how to use your own lifestyle as your best medicine.
The program is an evidence-based and peer-reviewed program that focuses on lifestyle changes. CHIP was developed in 1998 and was introduced at MercyOne Clinton in October 2015. CHIP has influenced more than 60,000 participants across the United States and more than 80 participants have graduated from the program at MercyOne Clinton. On average, a national study indicated that participants of CHIP lowered BMI by 3.2 percent, total cholesterol by 19.8 percent, triglycerides by 44.1 percent and have been able to decrease blood pressure and body fat.
The program will start on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at MercyOne Clinton Medical Center's north campus. A registered dietitian and a certified wellness coach from MercyOne teach the classes, which are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 23.
CHIP occurs in a group setting, using behavior change and self-discovery tools to help participants form new habits and make better choices based on knowledge, skills and encouragement. The program is led by local instructors with videos and workbooks developed by leaders in the field of lifestyle medicine. The program doesn't just focus on the way people eat and move, but also on whole person health which includes stress management, sleep, self-worth, emotional well-being and happiness.
As part of the program, each participants will receive a pre and post health assessment, a tool kit – workbook, cookbook and textbook – grocery store tour and food samplings throughout the class.
For more information or to register for CHIP, call 563-244-5801.