The Complete Health Improvement Program

  • By Kayley Gamm
  • 12 Dec, 2016

Add Years to your Life and Life to your Years!

As the fall 2016 CHIP programs come to an end, I would like to take a look at the benefits of the program and touch on some of the thoughts the graduating class had about their experience. But first, a little background into the program. The Complete Health Improvement Program, or CHIP, was implemented at Rochester Clinic in January 2015. This program has been used globally for over 25 years and is a 12 week lifestyle change program that encompasses diet, exercise, stress and emotional health.

CHIP promotes a plant based, whole foods approach, but operates on a spectrum, so the program is able to work for everyone.

We currently have 21 participants on both community and corporate levels that will be graduating this month. So far, our participants have experienced dramatic changes:

·        A1c drop from 9.6 to 6.0 in three months plus a decrease in medications

·        Total weight loss of over 150lb

·        Every participant with a drop in cholesterol, blood glucose and triglycerides

·        More motivation to exercise- getting between 5000-12000 steps per day

·        Happier and more energy

Here are some of the things our current group had to say:

“Participate in this program! It was worth every effort and cost.”

“These are things your mom can’t teach you, things you can’t learn in school, but are some of the most important things we need to know to live a quality life.”

“This is a complete health improvement program. Your whole family will benefit and you automatically will implement things you learned such as shopping for the right food and how to cook and bake without processed ingredients.”

“This program teaches complete lifestyle options of choice and responsibility in diet, exercise, preventative medicine, relationships and meaning of life.”

“Mei, Kayley and Dr. Lei created a truly safe, educational, authentic, life changing experience that has moved me (quickly) in the best direction toward health!”

“I joined with the intent to simply be supportive of my wife. Little did I know that it would be such a gratifying journey together. Also, little did I know how much I needed the program myself. Shortly after deciding to participate, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes with an A1c of 9.6. Yesterday I had my follow up exam and in 90 days, my A1c dropped to 6.0 and I will likely be taken off my meds (once I show that I will continue on with what I have learned through CHIP).”

“We have a choice and responsibility to flourish, why leave this to chance? Seek first to understand.”


Our next CHIP class will be starting on Tuesday, January 24th at 6pm. If you would like more information on how to join CHIP and how it will benefit you, call Rochester Clinic at 507-218-3095 or email us at .

Contact us to add years to your life and life to your years today!

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By Jengyu Lai 31 Aug, 2017

Healthcare costs in the U.S. are on the rise. It is estimated that 70-80% of healthcare costs are due to chronic disease, and the main reason for a trip to the doctor.


Exactly what is chronic disease and what can you do about it? Chronic diseases are conditions that cannot be prevented or cured by vaccinations or medications, nor do they go away on their own.


Common chronic diseases:

●    Elevated cholesterol

●    Type 2 diabetes

●    Hypertension

●    Obesity

●    Coronary heart disease

●    High blood pressure

●    Osteoporosis

●    Arthritis

●    Fatigue


However, living significantly longer and increasing quality of life is a reality, even for those with these chronic diseases. Modifications in lifestyle will lessen and potentially eliminate chronic conditions, and therefore increase quality of life and reduce medical expenses. You have the power to take charge of your health. This is lifestyle medicine.


Lifestyle modifications include:

●    Plant-based, whole food diet and nutrition

●    Physical activity

●    Stress reduction

●    Family/social support network


Through this evidence-based research, you can change the course of your health. With simple, fun, and flexible adaptations, the lifestyle medicine approach is a whole new way of living.


For more information on Rochester Clinic, the services and programs we offer, please give us a call at

507-218-3095, visit our website at , or e-mail to .


We are happy to answer your questions and get you on your way to a healthy life!

By Jengyu Lai 03 Jul, 2017

Whether you’ve fully adopted a plant-based diet or are simply dipping your toes in the water, there’s no doubt that wholesome food is at the center of one’s wellbeing.


Here we’ve rounded up five of our favorite cookbooks that are chock full of nourishing recipes and nutrition tips that are sure to assist in your healthy eating goals:


1.         Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook

If you watched the Forks Over Knives documentary (read more about it here , along with the rest of our top documentary picks), you know what FOK is all about – the concept that degenerative diseases afflicting so much of the U.S. today can be controlled and even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. This cookbook features 300+ plant-based recipes which place fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes in the lime light.


2.         The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes

This cookbook came to fruition thanks to The China Study; a book touting one of the most comprehensive nutrition studies ever conducted which reveals that a plant-based diet leads to optimal health and can halt or even reverse many diseases. The China Study Cookbook shares 120+ plant-based, nutrient-dense recipes that promote optimal health.


3.         The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film

PlantPure Nation, yet another noteworthy documentary created by the same producers as Forks Over Knives, provides this trusty companion cookbook boasting 150+ plant-centric recipes. It’s also filled with tips, tricks, and grocery lists for people interested in a whole food, plant-based diet.


4.         Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes

Inspire healthful, plant-based eating among the whole family with this must-have cookbook from Dreena Burton. From delicious school lunches to appetizing on-the-go snacks, this book supplies more than 100 kid-tested and approved recipes and serves as an excellent reference for parents raising young ones on a whole food, vegan diet.


5.         Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Don’t let the risqué title of this one deter you. Author and cancer survivor Kris Carr attributes her triumph over cancer to her lifestyle changes, most especially her diet. After embracing a diet made up of whole, plant-based foods, she soon discovered the transformative power of nutrition and felt better than she ever had. This cookbook offers 150+ recipes that includes everything from fresh-pressed juices to delectable desserts.


Also recommended: Oh She Glows, Minimalist Baker, But I Could Never Go Vegan


What are some of your favorite cookbooks? Share on our Facebook page !

By Jengyu Lai 28 Jun, 2017
Knee pain is hindering your daily enjoyment. It hurts to sit; it hurts to stand. And exercise is out of the question. You have tried injections and knee braces but nothing is working. What do you do? Now is the time to call Rochester Clinic.

You will receive a thorough assessment from one of our physicians. Our goal is to stop the pain, find the root cause, treat the cause, and maintain a pain free state. Rochester Clinic and your healthcare team will look at your diet, physical activity, medications, and health conditions including injury, disease, and weight. We take a conservative approach to healthcare before suggesting surgical interventions. We have an on-site clinical laboratory, Digital x-ray, and biomechanics laboratory for the best assessments and diagnostics.

Simple changes in lifestyle choices may alleviate much of your pain. You will learn exercises to strengthen weak muscles, increase flexibility, and safe options for weight management to reduce pressure on your joints. Interesting fact: The foods you eat can help or hinder joint inflammations.

The structure of your foot and knee may also be a cause for your pain. High arches, flat feet, pronation or supination of the foot will affect the pressure and development of the knee. Something as simple as the right footwear or custom orthotics would provide pain relief.

We have the tools to help you be on your way to living a healthy, active, and pain free day!

For more information on Rochester Clinic, the services and programs we offer, please give us a call at  507-218-3095, visit our website at , or e-mail to

We are happy to answer your questions and get you on your way to a healthy life!

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