CHIP grads embark on new lifestyle of healthy eating
By LeAnne Gompf -
Spero Wellness hosted their first commencement program for their CHIP participants Friday evening at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead.
CHIP, a Complete Health Improvement Program is a nationally recognized program under the local direction of Dr. Melissa McRae and Stephanie Grandstaff. National Founder and Director Hans Diehl was on hand to celebrate with the first CHIP graduates and offered the following words of encouragement, “Health is not everything but without it, everything is nothing.”
His informative and often humorous keynote address to the graduates and their guests encouraged and promoted continued success by choosing a healthier lifestyle. He talked of the advantages of CHIP in reversing high blood pressure, losing weight without dieting (EAT MORE AND WEIGH LESS), stop heart disease and stroke, slow down osteoporosis, lower cholesterol, turn around diabetes, reduce depression and increase energy.
According to USA today (usatoday.com – severely-obese-americans): “The percentage of American adults who are 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight has skyrocketed since 2000,” a study released Monday shows. In 2010, about 6.6% of adults in this country were severely obese — about 15.5 million people — up from 3.9% in 2000, says the study from the RAND Corp., a non-profit research group.
“There is no question that severe obesity is going up very fast,” says lead author Roland Sturm, a senior economist at RAND. “Severe obesity has severe effects on quality of life, chronic conditions and health care costs.’”
The local program grew out of a concern by Dr. McRae for a healthier community and a more preventive approach to health care. The success of the first graduating class speaks for the elements of the program. The CHIP program is designed to prevent, arresting and reversing chronic disease.
“In Morrow County we have 30% rates in diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease is our number 2 killer. We brought the CHIP program to Morrow County in an effort to have a healthier community and county. The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a “plant strong” nutritional diet; an affordable, lifestyle enrichment designed to reduce health risk though the adoption of better eating and health habits, moderate exercise and appropriate lifestyle modifications. I am thrilled with the success of our first graduates.”
The results speak for themselves. Collectively, the 10 participants shed 70 pounds during the 8-week program (11.6 % to their MBI); all 10 participants had normal blood pressure with decreased medicines or elimination of medicine; pill count per day for participants went from 70 pills per day to 39 pills per day; 80% of participants are off cholesterol medicines; and the 10 participants walked over 2.8 million steps for a group that admittedly did not exercise. CHIP program can be described as a powerful yet simple 30-day, world-class lifestyle education program.
Personal testimony was given by two of the CHIP graduates, Judy Brown and Roger Reed. “It has been fun learning new, innovative things and trying new recipes. I have lost 17 pounds in 8 weeks and I feel so much better,” commented Judy. She went on to say, “I am off 3 of my medications and know this a plan I will continue for a lifetime.”
Graduate Roger Reed has Barrett’s esophagus disease and was experiencing severe panic attacks as a result of the corrective surgery. He credits the CHIP program with lower cholesterol (253 to 164), weight loss, increased energy and new outlook on life.
“If I can live by example for others and an so glad to share the program. I pastor a church and decided that I needed to take care of myself before I could take care of my people. CHIP was the best decision I have made in a long time. I choose to be healthy,” concluded Roger.
The first graduating class consisted of Judy Brown, Helen Farrington, Jennifer Kissos, David Jackson, Myrna Paul, Patti Ray, Tom Ray, Marilyn Rea, Roger Reed and Linda Roscoe. The next program will be in February and will run for 8 weeks with an informational meeting will be held in January. For more information you may call Dr. McRae’s office at 419–946-1085.