CHIP advocates help people lead healthy lifestyles

Display at the CHIP session held at the Ottumwa YMCA. 968 calories of plant-based foods vs. a cheeseburger containing 960 calories.

CHIP presentors held sessions at the YMCA Saturday afternoon teaching people easy ways to make positive lifestyle choices.

The Complete Health Improvement Program or CHIP, is a community-based lifestyle and education program.

Heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure are todayâ??s top killers, but CHIP advocates are helping people lose weight and prevent these chronic diseases.

â??Medical science really focuses on symptoms, but not really the underlying cause for a lot of disease,â?? CHIP Presenter Andrew Ritland explained. â??So we look at diet as a big part of what is making us sick. Exercise is a big part. Stress, rest all those sorts of things really influence how health we really feel.â??

If you didnâ??t make it out to the Y Saturday, CHIP representatives will be back for more free sessions on Monday at 9 and 10 a.m., Thursday at 5 and 6 p.m. and next Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m.