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CHIP is Offered in Springfield

A program being offered in Springfield is designed to improve heart health thru healthier living. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

Early tomorrow morning, participants in the Coronary Health Improvement Project will start their journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

CHIP is a 4-week video lifestyle education program developed by Dr. Hans Diehl and offered thru the 7th Day Adventists.

According to Glenda Hayes, assistant director of the Springfield Chapter of CHIP, they teach people how to eat, live and cook in a healthier way.

She says the program is community-based, so there's a support system built in.

Participants will meet Sunday afternoons and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at St. John's Mid-America Cancer Center. The program starts with a heart screening at 6:30 tomorrow morning in the St. John's Surgery Center Classroom 12B. Hayes says you must fast for 12 hours prior to the screening.

Registration packets will be available at the screening, so you don't need to sign up ahead of time. Hayes says CHIP would be beneficial to just about anyone.

The cost is $225 for an individual or $325 for a couple. It includes several textbooks, 2 health screenings—one in the beginning and one at the end to track progress, a tote bag and water bottle as well as food samples and recipes at each program. To find out more, the number is 581-5226.

For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.