American College of Lifestyle Medicine Announces the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) as First to Earn Certified Program Designation

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine today announced the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) as the first in the nation to earn its Certified Lifestyle Medicine Program designation. The new designation recognizes evidence-based programs that meet rigorous requirements and standards for offering lifestyle modification as a therapeutic intervention for chronic disease treatment and reversal.

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"CHIP has driven positive health outcomes for tens of thousands of participants."

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) today announced the Redlands, California-based Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) as the first in the nation to earn its Certified Lifestyle Medicine Program designation. The new designation recognizes, supports and encourages adoption of evidence-based health intervention programs that meet rigorous review requirements and standards for offering lifestyle modification for chronic disease treatment and reversal.

The designation is offered at three different levels based upon evaluation scores—Honorable Mention, Certified and Gold Certified. The levels are based on factors including years in operation, number of participants, number of organizations using the program, inclusion of all Lifestyle Medicine pillars, intervention trials, duration of active treatment, amount of staff contact and follow-up, positive health metrics achieved and participant testimonials.

“CHIP is a powerful disease reversal tool that disrupts and curtails the rising chronic disease rates in a highly effective manner,” said ACLM President Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM. “We congratulate the program as the first to earn this prestigious designation.”

The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a research-tested, intensive Lifestyle Medicine intervention solution designed to prevent, arrest and facilitate the reversal of many common chronic conditions. It is a community-based intervention program that uses behavioral change principles in a group or self-guided setting, education in an entertaining style and modern adult learning tools to help participants make fundamental lifestyle changes that are proven to lower or eliminate key risk factors within 10 to 12 weeks.

Founded in the United States in 1988, CHIP has driven positive health outcomes for tens of thousands of participants and generated 40-plus published scientific papers.

Participants in CHIP experience: a media presentation; a literature component that includes a text book, workbook, cookbook and activity instructional guide; diet that promotes use of a predominantly whole food, plant-based eating pattern; activity guide illuminating the benefits of regular physical activity; sleep guide to emotional and physical wellbeing; stress management education and practice; discussion of avoiding risky substances; and exploration of positive social connections.

“CHIP being the first to receive the Lifestyle Medicine Certified Program designation is gratifying and an honor,” said Jere Stocks, president of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute (LMI) that owns and operates the CHIP program. “Tens of thousands of lives have been touched by CHIP, empowering these individuals to protect their health and fight disease through the power of their daily lifestyle behaviors. The turn-key program that CHIP delivers, now certified by ACLM, is what our nation needs to restore health and rein in health care spending.”    

For more information about program certification and requirements, see https://lmeconomicresearch.org/certified-programs/

ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: ACLM is the medical professional society for those dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system. Lifestyle Medicine is the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection as a primary therapeutic modality for treatment and reversal of chronic disease.

More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanized force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective mission to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the root cause of disease. Learn more at http://www.LifestyleMedicine.org.

ABOUT THE COMPLETE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CHIP): CHIP is a research-tested, intensive lifestyle medicine intervention solution designed to help prevent, arrest, and facilitate the reversal of many common chronic diseases. It is a proven, practical, and tangible solution for building an effective population health strategy on the foundation of lifestyle medicine. CHIP targets a broad spectrum of people with results that drive significant improvements to overall health and wellbeing. CHIP becomes a catalyst that promotes a safe and sustainable health advantage for communities and organizations nationwide.

Founded in the United States in 1988, CHIP has driven positive health outcomes for tens of thousands of participants and has generated over 40 published scientific papers. CHIP is a community-based intervention program that uses behavioral change principles in an in-person or virtual group-facilitated setting, education in an entertaining style and modern adult learning tools to help participants make fundamental lifestyle changes that are proven to lower key risk factors. CHIP is a powerful chronic disease reversal tool that disrupts and curtails the rising chronic disease rates in a highly effective manner. Learn more at https://chiphealth.com.

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