St. Luke's recognizes that good health can be more than fixing problems after they appear. Quality of health often begins with the choices we make every day for ourselves, our families, and our communities. Those choices are at the center of lifestyle medicine, an emerging specialty focused on preventing or even reversing many of the most common chronic diseases in today's world.
The World Health Organization estimates that up to 80% of non-communicable conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke are preventable when we make better choices in these key areas:
At St. Luke's, we'll work with you to achieve optimal health through lifestyle changes that are right for you. We not only provide information and tools you need, we also help you build a system of support and resources to achieve and maintain your best health.
The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a lifestyle enrichment program designed to reduce disease risk factors through the adoption of better health habits and appropriate lifestyle modifications.
St. Luke's offers an informational session on CHIP and its benefits, the CHIP course and CHIP Club, a support group for participants and graduates of the program. Attend the information session and learn how CHIP can improve your health and your life.
Charmin Aschenbrener, RD earned her bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and completed her dietetic internship at Idaho State University. She is a facilitator for both the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a lifestyle improvement course; and Cooking Matters, classes on healthy eating and cooking.
Jennifer Shalz, MD is medical director of St. Luke’s Heart Health and Rehabilitation as well as the Care Transitions program, which helps patients with congestive heart failure be successful at managing their health at home. She is also medical director of St. Luke’s outpatient tobacco treatment clinics. Her interests are in behavior change, primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease, and a holistic approach to maximizing quality and quantity of life.
A healthy community takes all of us. That’s why St. Luke’s has joined with community partners to make The Hill a reality in south Meridian. This pioneering project will bring recreation, education, health, wellness and literacy to one location in this growing neighborhood.