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Independent Reviews by National Cancer Institute and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
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).