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To the Editor,

CHIP ~ A Local Secret that Needs Repeating

CHIP, (Comprehensive Health Improvement Program) is sponsored by the Columbus Community Hospital. My husband and I decided to sign up in hopes of it helping us to eat better, move more, lose a little weight, but more importantly improve our blood panel numbers. Happy to report that after the 12-week program, we saw improvements in ALL categories including lowered blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

It’s not a diet… no packaged foods to buy, no log to track what you’re eating- it’s a lifestyle change. The meetings were extremely informative and based on scientific data. The videos address chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and so much more. As a non-medical participant, information was easy to understand and enlightening to learn. We are in much more control of our health than we ever imagined and ‘genes’ aren’t the death sentence.

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What made it successful for us? First, that my husband and I did it together- made it so much easier for meal planning, motivation, small changes to lifestyle etc. More importantly though, was the commitment and passion from Dr. Luke Lemke and Kelli Thomazin, PA-C, who both champion the program and spent many extra hours of personal time educating the community on how to prevent chronic disease vs. simply treating the diseases. Hats off to other hospital personnel…Ileana, Roberta, Joan, Danielle and lab support for their leadership commitment to the program as well. In addition, they have worked with local restaurants and grocery stores to ensure CHIP-approved items are on menus or on the store shelves.

In talking with many friends in much larger cities, this CHIP program is not offered in their communities. We have been gifted in Columbus with hospital and medical personnel, who are highly committed to improving the health of Columbus residents. Many thanks!

Ike and Valerie Eickholt

Columbus

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