The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP): History, Evaluation and Outcomes

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Morton, D., Rankin, P., Kent, L. & Dysinger, W. (2016). The complete health improvement program (CHIP): History, evaluation and outcomes. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 10(1), 64-73. doi:10.1177/1559827614531391

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The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a premier lifestyle intervention targeting chronic disease that has been offered for over 25 years. The intervention has been utilized in clinical, corporate and community settings and the short and longer-term clinical benefits of the intervention, as well as its cost-effectiveness, have been documented in over 25 peer-reviewed publications. Being an easily administered intervention, CHIP has been presented not only by health professionals, but also non-health trained volunteers. The benefits of the program have been extensively studied under these two delivery channels, consistently demonstrating positive outcomes. This paper provides a brief history of CHIP and describes the content and structure of the intervention. The published evaluations and outcomes of the intervention are presented and discussed and future directions are highlighted.


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