STAUNTON -- Clay County Healthy Beginnings CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Program) -- a Lifestyle Medicine Program -- will be offered by the Maple Center for Integrative Health at the Staunton Community Center.
Free information sessions will take place at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Friday, and Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Grace Chapel, 2104 W. United States 40, Brazil. The information sessions are scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Healthy Beginnings CHIP will be offered Tuesday and Friday evenings beginning Monday, Feb. 7, for two weeks and then the four following Tuesdays at the Staunton Community Center, from 5-7 p.m., for eight weeks.
Cost is $145 per person or $210 per couple.
Julie Fine, RN, PhD, FNP-BC, and Dr. Jerry Fine will direct the seminars.
According to information provided by the Fines, one of the purposes of the Maple Center, a non-profit entity, is "to provide lifestyle transforming educational programs and support groups for men and women."
Other programs for lifestyle change, such as the Ornish program, which demonstrated reversal of coronary artery disease with lifestyle changes, cost $4,000-$10,000 per person, which may be difficult to fund.
The Healthy Beginning CHIP curriculum may be offered in communities at a much lower cost.
Healthy Beginnings CHIP is an eight-class community based therapeutic lifestyle changing program that assists participants in preventing or reversing serious chronic illnesses with unrestricted low-fat, unprocessed healthy eating, moderate regular exercise, stress management and group support.
More than 50,000 people have completed the longer, 16-class curriculum with published effective results (which may be accessed at www.chiphealth.com).
Healthy Beginnings CHIP includes three health screens (blood work and measurements before and after the class series and at one year), food preparation, demonstrations and samples, instructor presentations, instructional materials, and DVD based education.
An optional applied nutrition workshop and grocery store tour are also offered.
For more information regarding the classes, call 448-8217 and ask for Julie, or call the Maple Center at 812-235-4867.