Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) - Worksite Program
An Evidence-Based Practice
The Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) is a lifestyle intervention to reduce coronary risk factor levels. The program has been implemented in community-based and worksite-based settings. Community-based programming is presented live by the founder of the project, Dr. Hans Diehl. Worksite-based programming is a video version of the community educational program, presented by a licensed CHIP director. Educational sessions occur twice a week, for eight weeks, and include nutrition workshops, food demonstrations, physical activity, and breakout sessions with physicians, nutritionists, and nurses. Following the initial programming, participants can attend monthly alumni meetings. Participants receive an individualized heart health screening report and referrals to health care providers.
Goal / Mission
The goal of the CHIP lifestyle intervention is to reduce coronary risk factor levels.
Results / Accomplishments
In a pre- and post-test cohort study at six worksites in Rockford, IL, employees were evaluated at baseline and following 8 weeks of programming. Participants significantly improved healthful lifestyle knowledge (p < 0.01). All sites individually and collectively demonstrated significant reductions in body weight (p = 0.0001), body mass index (p = 0.0001), systolic and diastolic blood pressure (p's < 0.02), total cholesterol (p = 0.002), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (p = 0.002), triglycerides (p = 0.04), and fasting blood glucose (p = 0.03). Men demonstrated greater improvement than women, and individuals who began with a higher baseline risk experienced the greatest reductions.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Steven Aldana, PhD
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 94602
Health / Heart Disease & Stroke
Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Health / Wellness & Lifestyle
- Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
- Date of publication
- Date of implementation
- Rockford, IL
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