For many years now, I’ve been involved as a volunteer facilitator of the world-renowned Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP).
Would you like to know more information about the program? What it is, and, more importantly, why I am such a big fan? Come on out one of our upcoming information nights – Thursday, March 12 or Tuesday, March 17 – to find out more.
CHIP – or the Complete Health Improvement Program – was founded over 30 years ago, and has driven positive health outcomes for tens of thousands of participants, according to Connie, one of the Penticton Organizers. The Penticton program is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and can help you reach your health goals.
“CHIP is a research-tested, intensive lifestyle intervention program designed to prevent, arrest and facilitate the reversal of many common chronic diseases so prevalent today,” Connie states.
The program educates in an entertaining group setting to give participants the tools to help make lifestyle changes that are proven to lower key risk factors within weeks. CHIP delivers a holistic health plan with potential clinical benefits including:
- Disease reversal
- Reduced risk of heart disease (#1 killer in Canada)
- Normalized blood pressure
- Lowered Cholesterol
- Lowered triglycerides
- Lowered fasting blood sugar
- Lowered BMI/excess weight
Participants also see improvements in energy, mood, sleep, resilience, stress and digestion. Participants like Okanagan Falls resident, Pat Field. At 58 years of age Field found himself overweight, in pain with low energy and poor work performance. For the next 8 years, he describes himself as “being a mess, physically, emotionally and intellectually.”
Field completed the Penticton CHIP program in 2018 at the age 67. He was a model participant, and within 5 weeks got off two medications for diabetes and one for elevated cholesterol. After three months following the lifestyle changes, Field achieved the blood tests of a 40-year-old and a loss of 46 lbs. He speaks highly of the program.
“You can reverse diseases like Type 2 diabetes and hypertension simply by adjusting your diet. If you combine that with exercise, you can become again a vibrant human being capable of enjoying every moment this precious life has to give us. CHIP helped me and it can help anyone, if you make the simple choice to want to get healthy” he stated.
The 2020 Penticton CHIP Program begins Tuesday, March 31, and runs three nights a week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – through April. Participants will learn the “why,” the “how” and the “evidence” of a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.
The first information session will be held on Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. with a screening the critically-acclaimed ‘Eating You Alive’ health documentary that reveals the truth behind why North Americans are so sick and what we can do about it. The film features leading medical experts and researchers, as well as health recovery success stories, including Naramata residents Sheanne and Dan Moskaluk, who recovered from obesity and Stage IV cancer by adopting plant-based lifestyle.
The FREE screening will take place at the Penticton Lifestyle Centre, 290 Warren Avenue W. After the film, there will be a Q & A discussion panel, featuring Sheanne and Dan and me, as a plant-based athlete and fitness trainer. There will also be an opportunity to register for the upcoming CHIP program.
The final Information/Registration session will be held Tuesday, March 17, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Penticton Lifestyle Centre, 290 Warren Ave West.