I am a 2015 graduate of CHIP and haven't forgotten how it influenced my lifestyle. With a strong family history of heart disease and cancer, nourishing my body with healthy food, exercise and mindfulness-based practices is always at the top of my mind. I look forward to being a part of the program as a facilitator and offering support and guidance to all the participants.
I recently retired from Ohio University after spending the last 26 years of my career as the WellWorks Director, facilitating risk reduction programs and health coaching services. I was a founding board member of Live Healthy Appalachia and served on the board for 10 years. I also co-host a weekly radio program on WATH with a focus on health and wellness!
Participating in CHIP has had a tremendously beneficial impact on my health. I have always been a fairly active person and, what I thought, was a healthy eater. However, because I've long had an interest in studying nutrition and health, when the opportunity to participate in CHIP presented itself, I jumped on it. Through this, I discovered there was SO much more I could be doing to facilitate optimal health for myself! I have implemented changes in my diet and lifestyle based on what I learned in CHIP that have resulted in my cholesterol being lowered to a stellar level, better gut health, reduced arthritis pain, and greatly improved sleep (prior to CHIP I used an over-the-counter sleep aid but now I don't need it)! I found the knowledge gained through CHIP so profound and impactful that I decided to become a part of the team that helps spread the word. I look forward to seeing you in class. Here's to a more healthful you!
As a graduate of CHIP in 2012, I have seen the power of this program work not only in my life, but many others. I have lost over 100 pounds and more importantly, I have been able to keep it off for 6 + years. Before CHIP I would tell you I was a mom and a banker. Today, I am still a mom and a banker, but I am also a photographer, hiker, reader, traveler, writer, weight lifter, speaker and so much more.
CHIP gave me the opportunity to build the life I always knew I should be living. CHIP will give you the tools to make better choices in your life that could lead you on the path to better health and happiness.
I have been a public health educator and nutrition hobbyist for more than 19 years. I practiced a pretty healthy lifestyle by the average American standards. But, in my early 40's, I started getting arthritis pain in my hands. My cholesterol had been on a gradual incline for as long as I had been testing it. Prior to CHIP, my cholesterol was well above the threshold for healthy. I have been eating a plant-based diet for more than 6 years now. That means most of the foods I choose to eat are greens, beans, grains, and every kind of vegetable and fruit imaginable. I have more variety in my meals than ever, and I love cooking! But the best part is that I don't have any arthritis pain and now my cholesterol stays in a healthy range.
Greetings! My name is Heidi Fischer and I am a registered dietitian and have facilitated CHIP on the Ohio University Athens campus since 2012.
I too am a CHIP graduate and have personally experienced how this program enhances quality of life and improves health. I am a working mother with a family that includes three small children, so I know the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a busy schedule. Thankfully, CHIP gave me the information and tools that I needed to raise a happy, balanced, healthy family!