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Lifestyle Medicine

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 four key areas:

  • eliminating tobacco
  • eating a healthy diet
  • being physically active
  • moderating alcohol use

At St. Luke's, we'll work with you to achieve optimal health through lifestyle changes that are right for you. Our programs provide information and tools to help you prepare nutritious meals, manage stress, build and strengthen relationships, quit tobacco and maintain positive change to achieve your best health.

Highlights & Resources

  • Blog Post

    FitOne Event Gets Kids, Families Active Prior to Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

  • Blog Post

    Idaho Mayors, Elementary Schools Meet the Walking Challenge

  • Blog Post

    St. Luke’s and Lifestyle Medicine: ‘… real education and activation’

  • Blog Post

    St. Luke’s Launches Lifestyle Medicine Program with Health Improvement Classes

Complete Health Improvement Program

Improve your health and improve your life

The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) can help you prevent or even reduce many chronic conditions through better habits in diet and exercise.

St. Luke's offers an hour-long informational session on CHIP and its benefits. Attend the session and learn how CHIP can improve your health and your life.

Providers

  • Nutritional Counseling for Adults

    Biography

    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.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Heart Health and Rehabilitation

    Biography

    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.

    Dr. Shalz earned her medical degree from Tufts University Medical School on an Air Force health professions scholarship. She served in the military, completing her internal medicine residency at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California. She practiced at multiple VA institutions, then transitioned to supportive oncology before bringing her chronic disease management and palliative care skills to her current positions at St. Luke’s. She serves on a national expert committee for the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and is a member of St. Luke’s Heart and Vascular Board.
  • Availability

    Accepting new patients

Sign Up for a Free Information Session on How to Improve Your Health

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    Next Date & Time
    Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
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    Free, Registration Required

    CHIP is a whole-person health program that will help you to make long-lasting lifestyle changes.

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    Next Date & Time
    Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
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    Free, Registration Required

    <p>Join us for a free, 1-hour information session on the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP). At this free session, we'll explain our upcoming 18-session CHIP course where you'll learn how to integrate optimal nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction tools into your life to make long-lasting lifestyle changes.</p><ul><li>Reverse chronic disease</li><li>Lose weight</li><li>Gain Energy</li><li>Spend less on food and meds</li><li>Be well and enjoy life!</li></ul><p>Reverse or prevent problems with:</p><ul><li>BMI/Weight</li><li>High Blood Pressure</li><li>High Cholesterol</li><li>Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes</li><li>Stroke Risk</li><li>Depression</li><li>Coronary Artery Disease</li><li>Alzheimer's Disease</li><li>Arthritis</li></ul>

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    Next Date & Time
    Thursday, May 10, 2018 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
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    Free, No Registration Required

    CHIP is a whole-person health program that will help you to make long-lasting lifestyle changes.

  • price tag icon
    Free, Registration Required

    <p>Join us for a free, 1-hour information session on the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP). At this free session, we'll explain our upcoming 18-session CHIP course where you'll learn how to integrate optimal nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction tools into your life to make long-lasting lifestyle changes.</p><ul><li>Reverse chronic disease</li><li>Lose weight</li><li>Gain Energy</li><li>Spend less on food and meds</li><li>Be well and enjoy life!</li></ul><p>Reverse or prevent problems with:</p><ul><li>BMI/Weight</li><li>High Blood Pressure</li><li>High Cholesterol</li><li>Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes</li><li>Stroke Risk</li><li>Depression</li><li>Coronary Artery Disease</li><li>Alzheimer's Disease</li><li>Arthritis</li></ul>The class start dates for upcoming 18-session CHIP courses are as follows:April 2- Monday/Thursdays at 5:15pmClass Ends May 31st These will be held at St Luke's MSTI wing in the Chestnut room. No Memorial Day Class. We're going to have 17 class sessions (one class will be a 2 in 1)

St. Luke's at the Hill in Meridian

Investing in Our Community

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.