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.
I hope you will join me this summer to start your great CHIP journey. I have enjoyed health benefits from changing the way I eat and continuing to be active, and many people in Athens County have had the same experience. I hope to see you in May!
Hello! My name is Megan Myers and I am excited to be a CHIP facilitator. I am an Athens native and have spent the past year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for Live Healthy Appalachia and will be continuing on as the Community Outreach Coordinator.
Throughout my service year at LHA, I fell in love with the way that CHIP looks at health, diet, and exercise. I believe that when talking about health, the conversation should be people-oriented and CHIP does just that. I graduated from CHIP with cohort 30 and have loved how I feel with the changes in lifestyle that CHIP encouraged me to make. I look forward to walking this journey with you.
See you in class!