It’s no secret, we would all be healthier if we would just eat better and exercise more. Recently I was at my physician’s office getting my annual checkup. We were talking about that when she made an interesting comment – “Who has the time to exercise 8 hours a day?” Which really summarizes the thinking of most of us. “I know I should do more, but it’s just not possible!”
Helping patients get and stay healthy by making the necessary changes to their lifestyle has long been the Achilles Heel of medical practice. And it’s this failure that is undeniably in large part responsible for the runaway-cost-of-medical-care crisis that we are now facing. Not that facilitating change is impossible though.
The first modern success story in lifestyle medicine was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s Battle Creek Sanitarium. Ya, that’s right; the same one who invented corn flakes. Dr. Kellogg’s first big success was in what was then called Health Reform. At his sanitarium, nicknamed “The San”, patients form all over the world would come to learn how to improve their health through eating a healthy diet, exercise, fresh air, and proper hygiene. Some of his more famous clients included Mary Todd Lincoln (the president’s wife), Amelia Earhart, Henry Ford, J. C. Penney, president Warren G. Harding, and Sojourner Truth. At the height of his success there, he employed over 1,000 people including more than 30 physicians. “Battle Creek Sanitarium was world renowned and became the ‘in’ place for the rich and famous to seek their lost health, to listen to health lectures and to learn and practice the principles of a healthy lifestyle”. The San flourished from its founding in 1866 up until the Wall Street Crash of 1929, after which few could afford the intensive attention the program required.
Current examples of success in Lifestyle Medicine include the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa in Miami, and the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Both have excellent track records, but ultimately suffer from the same problem that ended up closing The San – cost. Most people just cannot afford the money, let alone the time, to go to a health spa. Which is why a little over 30 years ago, the then director of research at the Pritikin Center, Dr. Hans Diehl, set out to design a community-based health improvement program that anyone could attend. Thus was born CHIP – the Complete Health Improvement Program.
Now with 30 years of independent research proving its effectiveness, CHIP is the world-wide leader in lifestyle health improvement. And… it is our privilege to now be able to bring it, online in the comfort and convenience of your own home, to our Liberty Dental family.