The Coronary Health Improvement Project helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
CHIP, which stands for Coronary Health Improvement Project, is an education-based lifestyle change program that helps people better understand the cause and effect relationship among diet, exercise and disease. It also helps individuals become more motivated to make important lifestyle changes that lead to better health. While the intention of the CHIP program is to prevent anyone from having heart disease, it is also beneficial to anyone who has had a heart attack and wants to take more control over their life and health.
The four components of the CHIP program are diet, regular exercise, avoiding tobacco products and developing a positive attitude and support system.
The program was founded and is presented by Dr. Hans Diehl, and endorsed by the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It is a 6- or 12-week course that takes place in specific cities throughout the country or via DVD.
- CHIP is a comprehensive lifestyle-based weight loss program
- Educational focus is important for lasting change
- Does not include any gimmicks or fad diets
- Not for those merely seeking weight loss
Proper eating is one of the four main components of the CHIP program. It's a science-based eating plan that encourages consuming less processed, fatty, sugary, salty and high cholesterol foods and more whole foods like unrefined grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. You are also encouraged to cut back on your meat intake, but the program is not a completely vegetarian diet.EXERCISE
As part of the CHIP program, you will learn about the importance of exercise and how it relates to a healthy heart, body and sense of wellness. You will create an exercise plan that fits your lifestyle and your level of fitness and you will learn how to steadily improve your duration and intensity over the course of the program.CONCLUSION
The CHIP program is nationally-recognized and has been endorsed by some of the most prominent health institutions and doctors throughout the country. Its educational component and its comprehensive scope tries to teach individuals how lifestyle factors adversely affect their health and how making changes through diet, exercise, outlook and smoking habits can make a significant difference in improving their health.Common Mispellings
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