Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Coronary Health Improvement Project

Coronary Health Improvement Program Heart

Healthy by Choice Not by Chance

What are the results of adopting the CHIP lifestyle?

The CHIP program produces amazing results for people who are willing to make some safe, simple lifestyle changes. Physicians and other health professionals frequently express surprise when they see so many people benefited so much in such a short time.

When people understand more clearly the cause/effect relationship between diet & exercise and disease, they become increasingly motivated to make changes. CHIP informs then supports the needed changes.

More than 40,000 graduates from four continents know how CHIP changes lives.  A few simple, painless, motivates and deliberate lifestyle choices can make all the difference in the world.

Reverses and normalizes diabetes
Half of Type II diabetics can be off their insulin within 8 weeks. Oral medication can also be reduced and sometimes eliminated.

Reduces stroke risk
CHIP decreases the risk of stroke which is often more disabling than a heart attack.

Normalizes blood pressure
Most persons being treated for hypertension can decrease and sometimes eliminate their need for medication.

Lowers cholesterol 10-20% or more
This means a 25-50% decrease in your risk for a heart attack. Persons being treated for high cholesterol can usually decrease and sometimes eliminate their need for medication.

Decreases the risk of osteoporosis
ollowing the CHIP lifestyle can markedly reduce the risk for this major cause of disability in later years.

Improves digestion
Many experience less discomfort and more regularity

Lessens Depression
Increased exercise and better sleep usually help lessen depression.

Lowers weight
That’s right, eat like a horse and still lose weight – for a lifetime, not just a few months.

Enhances the overall quality of life.


Local CHIP Results:

In February of 2007 the first CHIP session was held in St. Cloud.  Our local participants had wonderful results with the program – similar to results of CHIP programs around the country.

One of the most important measures for our participants was total cholesterol.  Everyone lowered their cholesterol, with a group average drop of 45 points. 

Weight loss was another area with great results – the group average weight loss was 15.6 pounds over the eight weeks of the program. 

Participants also reported more energy, better sleep patterns and a strong sense of satisfaction at being able to make informed, healthy choices for themselves. 

Monthly alumni activities help participants maintain their healthy lifestyle.



If you have more questions about the program, contact:

Kay Sebastian, CHIP Program Director

via phone at 320.308.5535 or email at