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CHIP Health Program Starting in Lake Placid

Highlands County leads Florida in obesity and diabetes rates, but CHIP can help us win the battle. CHIP stands for “Coronary Health Improvement Project” and comes to Lake Placid August 21 through September 22 at the Better Living Community Center at 22 East Phoenix Street in Lake Placid. It is a very intensive, but exciting four-week course and that will pay enormous health dividends. 

Do yourself the favor and take just one month to learn how to "Live With All Your Heart." If you are concerned about heart disease, cancer, stroke, overweight, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, or just your health in general, this program will meet your needs. It can also add healthy years to your life. A past CHIP graduate remarked, "In just four weeks my cholesterol dropped about 15%, I've lost 10 pounds, my blood pressure has returned to normal and my arthritic pain and stiffness are gone." 

Local physicians, nurses and dieticians will provide illustrated medical lectures, answer questions, demonstrate healthy food preparation, provide delicious food samples, give out delicious Heart Health recipes and take participants on food shopping tours. Daily exercise sessions will be encouraged. The program begins and ends with a Heart Screen, where various heart and cancer risks will be evaluated and blood will be analyzed for serum cholesterol, triglycerides, sugar and other important parameters. There will be lifestyle evaluations and personalized counseling before and at the end of the lecture series for comparison. All this information can be shared with your personal physician who can make medication changes as needed. 

Plan now to attend one of the free one-hour overview and light meal offered August 2 through 16 at 6:00 p.m. There is no pressure to join the class, just a chance to see the materials, view an introductory video, learn what the program offers and ask questions of those who will be directing the program. Call the Better Living Community Center in Lake Placid (863) 832-1955 or (863) 441-2422 for a brochure and more information. 

This story is also highlighted in the Lake Placid Journal. (Aug. 4, 2011)