A Workplace Wellness Program that Works

“A Workplace Wellness
Program that Works” How do you wipe out the
nation’s heart disease epidemic? According to the Center for
Science in the Public Interest, one of the best approaches for preventing the disease in the first place
is the “CHIP program,” which tells people to eat
more whole plant foods, and less meat, dairy,
eggs, and processed junk. It is considered to be a premier lifestyle intervention targeting chronic disease that has been offered
for more than 25 years, through which more than
50,000 individuals have gone. And, most CHIP classes
are run by volunteers, sourced primarily through the
Seventh-Day Adventist Church, who had an interest in
positively influencing the health of their local community. Why the Adventists? Well, they have a health philosophy built around a biblical notion that the human body should
be treated as a temple, and many of the participants
of the program are Adventists too. Is that why the program works so well— because they just have faith? You don’t know… until you put it to the test. The Influence of Religious Affiliation on Responsiveness to the Complete
Health Improvement Program. They looked at 7,000 participants. Even though Adventists make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, about 1 in 5 CHIP-goers were in the Church. How did they do compared
to the non-believers? Substantial reductions
in selected risk factors were achieved for both
Adventists and non-Adventists, but some of the reductions were actually greater among the
non-Adventists, non-SDA. This indicates that
Seventh-Day Adventists do not have a monopoly on good health. Middle class, educated individuals also disproportionally
make up CHIP classes. Would it work as well in
poverty-stricken populations? We didn’t know… until now. How about trying to
reduce chronic disease risk factors among individuals living in rural Appalachia, one of the poorest parts of the country? Conventional wisdom has been that you need to have some
financial “skin in the game” to really commit to
lifestyle change programs. So, if offered for free to
impoverished communities, maybe the results wouldn’t be as good, but the overall clinical
changes were similar to those found in other
4-week CHIP classes throughout the US, suggesting CHIP may benefit across socioeconomic lines and
independent of payment source. So, why don’t employers offer it free to employees to
save on healthcare costs? CHIP is described as achieving
some of the most impressive outcomes published in
the medical literature, clinical benefits and cost-
effectiveness as well. Lee Memorial, a healthcare network in Florida offered it to some of their employees as a pilot program. Sadly, healthcare workers can be as unhealthy as everyone else. They reported an average
17-pound weight loss, 20-point drop in LDL cholesterol, and blood pressure normalization
in most participants. They invested about $38,000 to make the program happen, but then saved, just in that next year, $70,000 in reduced healthcare costs, because they became so much healthier, for a financial return on investment of like 1.8 times what they put in. But, there hadn’t been an ROI study published in a peer-
reviewed medical literature… until, Dexter Shurney stepped up to the plate and published this workplace study out of Vanderbilt. Now, there was a high
degree of skepticism at the planning stage of the study that active engagement could be realized around a lifestyle program that had as its main tenets exercise and a plant-based diet. Vanderbilt is, after all, in Tennessee, smack dab in the middle
of the stroke belt, known for their Memphis ribs; yet, they got on board enough to improve their blood sugar control and cholesterol, as well as positive changes in self-reported health and well-being. Health care costs
were substantially reduced; for example, nearly a quarter were able to eliminate one or
more of their medications, and so, got about a 2-to-1 return on investment within just 6 months, providing evidence that just educating a member population about the benefit of a plant-based, whole foods diet is feasible and can reduce health care costs. The largest workplace CHIP study done to date involved
6 employee populations, including, ironically, a drug company. A mix of white collar and blue collar, and check out what happened to the worst off. Those starting with blood pressures up around 170 over 100 fell down to around 140 over 85. Those with the highest LDL cholesterol dropped 60 points, a 300-point drop in triglycerides, a 46-point drop in fasting blood sugars. Theoretically, someone coming in with both high blood pressure
and high cholesterol might experience a 64 to 96% reduction in overall risk of a heart attack, our number 1 killer. For the cost of a Humvee,
Michael Jacobson from CSPI figured, any town could have a CHIP program of its own. And, for the cost of a
submarine or a farm subsidy, the entire country could get
a CHIP on its shoulder.

37 thoughts on “A Workplace Wellness Program that Works

  1. No way I woke up this morning having a plethora of epiphanies about chip after watching a couple of your videos yesterday that I thought were older referencing chip. I've had so many synchronicities with you it's mind-blowing!

  2. This is hardly earth shattering news. If the TRUTH be told, you can do BETTER than a plant based whole foods diet. It is called a SPECIES APPROPRIATE diet. Simply face the facts that the humans are FRUGIVORES and their digestive tracts are practically identical to primates – who eat mostly RAW FRUIT and then do what they do. Eat mostly raw fruit and watch the diseases disappear! Follow 76 year old Annette Larkins diet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCyVKGgJkqs

    She's been a raw vegan for decades while her meat eating husband who was a butcher kept eating meat and look at how they both look now. He looks his age or older and she looked 30 or 40 years younger.

  3. Too bad that for it to really save money, one has to be on pharmaceuticals first… Then again I heard that in the US, the majority of people above 40 are on one or more medications, so that would make it feasible for the majority.

  4. Cutting processed foods and refined sugar from the diet, and replacing them with whole foods,… works!

    What that has to do with reducing whole food meat consumption,… You can be sure that most participants still eat meat, except maybe for the advantists because they already don't eat a lot of meat. But hey, it works just as well for the other participants,… so,.. less meat isn't the reason for improved health. It's the reduction in processed "crap".

  5. Why Southern US is the unhealthiest part of the country, it seems they lead the nation in everything bad – stroke, obesity, diabetes. Having mild subtropical climate it is easy to grow all kinds of fruit and vegetables there, so instead of enormous swine farms planting orchards would be a good start for accessible produce.

  6. I live in Canada with socialized medicine. Imagine if the government paid for this program for our population and how much tax dollars we'd save in the long term in health care costs. This should be done country wide.

  7. The more I learn, the more I realize that the worlds "problems" actually have super easy solutions, the real problem is that nobody wants those solutions lol… but in the age of information, ignorance is a choice, so if people wanna stay in the dark who can help them 🤷‍♂️

  8. i told everyone abt this when i saw the last nutritionfacts video. my mom looked into it & told me it's abt $700 😐 not cool. we live in NC

  9. The whole foods plant based diet shows rapid improvements in the biomarkers for heart disease and metabolic syndrome. I believe studies like to test these these kinds of results most often because the biomarkers are the cheap and easy to measure, like measuring BMI or taking a blood sample. Much harder to do would be to assess the impact on cancer risk. If cardiovascular health rapidly improves, wouldn't also be an interesting hypothesis to see if cancer risks rapidly decrease as well at the same rate?

  10. I wish my former employer had offered this instead of signing us all up for Weight Watchers. WW is such a scam…

  11. The only thing is the unfortunate acronym. CHIP is already taken by the Children’s Health Insurance Program. I would suggest renaming it if they have aspirations for a nationwide program.

  12. If the government cared for it's people it would offer this CHIP for free to all instead of peddling meat dairy to satisfy those industries.

  13. Am I the only one to find it SO hard and unpleasant!!! to understand / follow dr greger' s unusual way of speaking/ awkward stopping in between sentences??

  14. Why do people with higher cholesterol have a proven track record of living longer?


  15. This is a business. They are making money off this product. I was sad to hear this because the group I'm working with would gladly pay for the expense of the materials and instructors, but not for someone to profit for the information. Does anyone know of a non-profit that does this work? Thanks.

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