Janie Acebedo, RN, MSPHN
Mediforce, LLC – CHIP Facilitator

The Centers for Disease Control reports 35.7% of the nation’s adults are obese and approximately 17% or 12.5 million children between 2 and 19 years old fall in the same category.   Just a couple of months ago, CNBC announced the Rio Grande Valley had earned the dubious distinction as having the fattest city in the nation.  Therefore, nutrition and health are arguably the hottest topics today, especially as we face rising health care costs and an ever-increasing rise in

lifestyle-related diseases: metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart attacks, stroke, and the list goes on.  The good news is that lifestyle behaviors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and obesity are all modifiable.   Although there many programs out there which address nutrition, exercise, and obesity, there are only few that address behavior modification.

One such program which incorporates behavior change through a supportive-educative system is CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program).  This evidence-based lifestyle program’s aim is to improve health by adopting basic health principles such as learning how to make better food choices, exercising regularly, and adopting other healthy behaviors.  Since its foundation in 1998, CHIP has impacted the lives of over 60,000 people and has generated more than 20 published scientific articles.  In 2013, the National Cancer Institute’s independent review of Research-Tested Interventions Program (RTIP) rated CHIP to be 100% effective in reducing the effects of lifestyle diseases, improving health outcomes, and decreasing health care costs.   CHIP has been endorsed by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine as “yielding some of the most impressive recorded clinical changes ever in the literature” (ACLM-News, March 2012).

CHIP is available to the community or worksites.  To learn more about CHIP and to locate the nearest program facilitators in your area go to www.chiphealth.com or call MediForce at 423-6333 to attend an upcoming information session.   It’s time to take control of our health.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

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