Who will benefit from CHIP?
Chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. Nearly everyone will benefit from implementing the CHIP principles, but the greatest benefits will be by those with conditions proven to respond quickly to lifestyle interventions. Those with other chronic conditions and/or risk factors will benefit as well.
How quickly can a lifestyle intervention work?
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Why does CHIP work?
The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a scientifically proven Lifestyle Intervention Education Program that can help prevent and reverse lifestyle related chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and more. CHIP is our choice for providing you with the best personal service possible:
- because it has a proven track record
- because it’s a powerful disease reversal tool
- because it helps participants achieve lasting change
- because it’s endorsed by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)
- because CHIP participants love it!
Months 1 through 3 of CHIP
18 Group Sessions meet once or twice per week:
- Learning and utilizing the CHIP curriculum,
- A powerful, educational and inspiring video shown at each session,
- Follow-up discussions in your own personal small group after each video, and;
- Interaction with a certified CHIP facilitator and/or medical professional to answer your questions.
3 Individual Sessions with one of our providers at the beginning, middle, and end of the 18 CHIP sessions include:
- Review of your BMI, BP, and medications with a qualified medical professional, and;
- A review of your lab results (lipid panel, glucose, HbA1c) with a qualified medical professional.
Months 4 through 12 of CHIP
3 Follow-up Individual Lifestyle Evaluations include:
- lifestyle evaluation, review of your BMI, BP, and medications with a qualified medical professional.
- review of your lab results (lipid panel, glucose, HbA1c) with a qualified medical professional.
ClubCHIP monthly group sessions will:
- Help participants continue with their new happy, healthy lifestyle.
- Continue learning with videos, recipe contests, socialization, motivation, support, and more.
Cooking Classes will teach you to prepare delicious foods that help you to be healthy and happy.
Yoga Instruction will help you increase strength and flexibility while decreasing stress.
Throughout your CHIP experience, you’ll benefit from:
- A Participant Curriculum Kit, complete with textbook, workbook, cookbook, and pedometer,
- A Personal Lifestyle Coach via our patient portal to keep you motivated and lend support between sessions,
- Cooking Demonstrations to learn how to prepare foods that you’ll love and that will love you back,
- Delicious Snacks prepared by our team using CHIP principles that you can incorporate at home,
- Exercise and Stretching Demonstrations to maintain and improve fitness,
- Patient Portal for communication, appointment scheduling, access to lab results, and more, and;
- Peer Support in small group teams for motivation, support, encouragement, fun and more.
What is the cost?
With insurance and a qualifying diagnosis, the cost to the patient of CHIP Revolution for the entire first year is $600.
Investing in CHIP has been shown to lower medical costs. Studies done at Vanderbilt University and Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida have shown decreases in medical cost ranging between $2,500 and $3,000 in 6 – 12 months. Medical costs continue to decrease when patients continue with the lifestyle changes that they have learned in the CHIP program. Your longterm success in CHIP Revolution and CHAMP can help you to avoid excessive future medical expenses.
Can you afford to do nothing?
Here are a few statistics courtesy of Aflac:
People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of about $13,700 per year, of which about $7,900 is attributed to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes. (The discounted excess lifetime medical spending for people with diabetes was $124,600 ($211,400 if not discounted), $91,200 ($135,600), $53,800 ($70,200), and $35,900 ($43,900) when diagnosed with diabetes at ages 40, 50, 60, and 65 years, respectively.)
The average cost of care for a patient up to 90 days after stroke is $15,000. For 10 percent of patients, the cost of care for the first 90 days after a stroke is $35,000. The average lifetime cost of a stroke is $100,000 for each survivor.
In 2011, the cost for a coronary artery bypass graft procedure was $38,707.
Prostate cancer treatment can cost from $19,901 for robot-assisted prostatectomy to treat low-risk disease, to $50,276 for combined radiation therapy for high-risk disease. Average Annual Costs of Care, prostate cancer: $19,710, for individuals over age 65.
According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, workers now pay an average of $1,318 out of pocket before health insurance coverage begins to cover part of their bills. What will you spend your deductible on? Will it help to reduce your future medical costs?