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April 22nd, 2013

CHIP achieves 100% effectiveness rating by National Cancer Institute's Independant Review of Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIP)

The efficacy of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) as a research-tested intervention in reducing lifestyle diseases has been proven in a recent independent review for Research-tested Intervention Programs, by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This rigorous assessment and evaluation confirm that CHIP delivers the proven results and priceless benefits it promises.

“After the National Cancer Institute’s independent review of the health benefit results participants are gaining from CHIP, they have given the program a rating of 100% effectiveness in reducing the effects of lifestyle diseases, improving quality of life and improving economic outcomes,” says Professor Wayne Dysinger, Clinical Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute (LMI) based in California, and head of the department of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University.

“Other key takeouts from the National Cancer Institute’s review include the high research integrity of CHIP and the high dissemination capability of CHIP. This is exciting for LMI because it means the CHIP materials are ready to be used by more people and CHIP is in a good position to be scaled up in its reach,” says Dysinger.

The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a lifestyle education program for groups of adults (aged 18 or older) in any community or workplace setting. The CHIP curriculum is designed to reduce risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) by educating participants about the medical benefits of adopting healthy eating, physical activity behaviors, stress management and more.

Along with the proven effectiveness of the program, NCI/SAMHSA have also scored CHIP highly for its research integrity on obesity and diet/nutrition, providing CHIP with a further strength in demonstrating it delivers the results for participants.

"In just four weeks, my total cholesterol dropped nearly 100 points, I lost about 20 lbs without feeling hungry or deprived, and I have enjoyed a new lease on life! But there is more good news. I just had my annual physical [a year later]. I was successful in keeping those extra pounds off; my cholesterol is fantastic—lower than ever! And my blood pressure, which used to be good, is now absolutely great. Needless to say, my physician was impressed and most complimentary. Following the Optimal Diet and the CHIP healthy lifestyle has been so rewarding!” says Teresa Davis, Hearth & Home Realty (WA).

Cancer and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of mortality in the United States with heart disease ranking as the number one cause of death in 2011, cancer ranking second, and stroke ranking fourth. One in three deaths reported yearly in the United States are attributed to CVD, leading to estimated direct and indirect annual costs of $273 billion and $444 billion, respectively. Strategies that address hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol and smoking can greatly reduce the human and economic burden not only of CVD, but also cancer and other diseases that share preventable, common risk factors with CVD. Since almost half of U.S. adults have one or more of these preventable risk factors, community-wide changes and policies targeting CVD have the potential to significantly improve the health of the American public.

“These results from the NCI/SAMHSA review demonstrate the important role CHIP has in providing our communities with effective programs to improve health and wellbeing and get people back to enjoying quality of health and life. It also addresses the crippling cost of health care for both communities and employers and indicates how CHIP can play a significant part in community and corporate health care plans,” says Stephan Herzog, Regional Manager North America for LMI, based in California.

Find out more by joining others committed to extending the use of research-tested intervention programs such as CHIP for a dynamic Lifestyle Medicine Summit in Tucson, Arizona, on November 11, 2013, at Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort, situated in a striking desert landscape. Keynote speakers include Dr. Michael Greger, physician, author and internationally recognized speaker; Dr. David Katz, clinical instructor at the Yale School of Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Dr. Dick Tibbits, COO at Florida Hospital Tampa, psychologist and author; Dr. Wayne Dysinger, physician and head of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University, California; Dr. Andrea Avery, physician and professor at University of California Irvine; Dr. Darren Morton, exercise physiologist and lecturer at Avondale College of Higher Education, Australia. For more information about CHIP, the Lifestyle Medicine Summit, and how to access CHIP resources and support, go to http://www.chiphealth.com/

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Background Information: Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) is a searchable database of cancer control interventions and program materials designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials. Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the online directory provides a review of programs available for use in a community or clinical setting. http://rtips.cancer.gov/rtips/programDetails.do?programId=1194633