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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 these key areas:

  • Eliminating tobacco
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Being physically active
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Maintaining healthy relationships
  • Managing stress

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.

Highlights & Resources

Complete Health Improvement Program

Change Your Lifestyle, Change Your Life

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.


  • Nutritional Counseling for Adults


    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.


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  • Biography

    Emily Barnett, LMSW works with patients in our tobacco treatment program to identify personal triggers for tobacco use, develop an action plan, and set a target quit date. She also teaches techniques to help avoid tobacco-use relapse.

    Emily earned her bachelor's degree in social work at Idaho State University and her master's degree in social work at the University of Hawaii. She earned certification as a tobacco cessation specialist at the Mayo Clinic.

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    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Heart Health and Rehabilitation


    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.


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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.