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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[1]. 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
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Certain adult cancers
  • Diverticular disease
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Arthritis
  • Impotence
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Fatigue

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. In the Seventh-Day Adventist Church setting, the CHIP program is presented through:

  • Twelve video lectures (30 - 45 minutes)
  • Interactive class discussion following each session
  • Food Samples with cooking demonstrations
  • Pre and post health screens
  • Post CHIP follow-up sessions with six bonus videos to help you sustain your new lifestyle!

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 55,000 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 that the CHIP program works?

Program results have been published in over 20 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.

[1] McGinnis, J. M. (1988). "The Surgeon General's report on nutrition and health." R I Med J 71(10): 373.