Hospital’s CHIP Program Allows Area Residents to Eat & Live Right

COLUMBUS, Neb. – A local program is showing folks in the area how to find the proper balance for healthy living.

CHIP, or Complete Health Improvement Program, has been put on since last summer by  the Columbus Community Hospital and Occupational Health Services, to show others what foods to be cautious about, but also explaining to the attendees other important factors in healthy living.

“Gratitude, the importance of forgiveness, the importance of sleep, the importance of Vitamin D and sunshine because we’re like pieces of a puzzle and if one of those pieces aren’t fitting correctly, or missing, then we can’t be the best people we can be,” says director of Occupational Health Services Danielle Frewing.

On Thursday, the program welcomed Betsy Rall, who was diagnosed with MS around four years ago and immediately switched her diet.

“I’m an example of a person that’s changed their lifestyle to a plant-based whole food lifestyle, I exercise, I meditate, take some supplements that have kept the MS quiet,” says Rall.

Rall told her story to the group at the Wellness Center, while also offering a buffet of plant-based whole foods, including a quinoa chili. She says since her transformation, she stopped eating meats, and at the same time found she enjoyed produce, and other healthy options.

“I’ve developed a real like for foods. My taste buds have kind of changed themselves off of what they are used to, I can’t imagine what it would feel like to eat a Skittle these days,” says Rall.

The 12-week, 18 session program includes lab work, measured at the beginning, middle and end of the program, as well as a CHIP kit, and CHIP online portal. Frewing encourages anybody in the public to give it a shot.

“Who doesn’t want to live the best life they can, add value to your life and your ears,” says Frewing.

The program does have a tuition of $750, that can be broken down into payments.

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