‘Chip-O-Rama’ at Rockford College

Sunday, March 5 in the Burpee Center at Rockford College from 1-4 p.m., the CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Project) Alumni of Rock River Valley presents “CHIP-O-RAMA.” The event is free and open to the public, but some fees apply to some services offered.

There will be health-related items for sale at various booths. For vendor, exhibitor, workshop presentation or any other questions about “CHIP-O-RAMA,” contact Sheila Snider at 815-394-5016, or at ssnider@rockford.edu. To download a vendor registration form, visit www.rockford.edu/aboutrc/chiporama2006.asp.

Set-up time for “CHIP-O-RAMA” is 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., display time 1-4 p.m., and tear down time 4-4:30 p.m. The cost for vendors is $150 retail, ($75 for non-profits) for booths and displays. Early registration is $100 retail and ($50 for non-profits). There will be late registration is space permits. The Burpee Center is accessible.

The purpose of “CHIP-O-RAMA” is to connect CHIP graduates and people interested in changing to a healthy lifestyle to the resources in our local community that provide services and products that assist in establishing, maintaining, or restoring a healthy lifestyle through CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Project). What visitors will find at “CHIP-O-RAMA” are:

Restaurants—“TASTE OF CHIP”—Restaurants must serve CHIP approved menu items. Provide tastes of choice to visitors of “CHIP-O-RAMA.” Restaurants may give out menus, coupons, etc. in addition to the taste samples. A table will be provided and electricity if needed. Restaurant name and food choices will be listed in “CHIP-O-RAMA” program.

Booths and Displays—Booths and displays show products and services that support CHIP guidelines. One 8-foot table and chair will be provided. Cost to have a booth or display at “CHIP-O-RAMA” is $150 retail and $75 non-profit.

Mini-Workshops—Classroom space will be provided for half-hour presentation. Participants must provide their own presentation materials. To discuss specific times with Sheila Snider, call 815-394-5016.

Chair Massage and Alternative Therapy Demonstration—Participants must provide own chair/equipment. Display business cards, brochures and other items you use (i.e., aromatherapy, etc). Participants must provide credentials. Available massage times are 1-2 p.m., 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m.

Silent Auction Item/Service or Door Prize—“CHIP-O-RAMA” participants will also have the opportunity to sponsor a silent auction item, service or a door prize for visitors to bid on or win at “CHIP-O-RAMA.”

CHIPs is about a lifestyle. What a person eats, his/her activity level, and how well people handle stress are the greatest factors in determining risks for Western lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, atherosclerosis, diabetes, heart disease and other forms of cancer. Making proven lifestyle changes like the CHIP program can prevent, arrest and, in many cases, reverse these diseases. Keep the promise to get “more active and eat better” into an action plan by exploring a community resources with CHIP.

CHIP is an educationally intensive lifestyle intervention program with more than 40,000 graduates worldwide, 4,000 graduates in the Rockford area. Founded and presented by Dr. Hans Diehl, and endorsed by the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), both headquartered in Washington, D.C., the CHIP program focuses on markedly reducing coronary risk factor levels through the adoption of better health habits and appropriate lifestyle changes. The goal is to facilitate disease reversal by lowering blood cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels by reducing excess weight, lowering high blood pressure, enhancing daily exercise, and by eliminating smoking. Risk factor levels are carefully assessed before the educational intervention begins, immediately following the completion of the 40-hour educational program, and again after three and 12 months. The CHIP program is community-based, works closely with referring physicians, schools, and local restaurants, and sustains adherence to the program guidelines through an active CHIP alumni support organization.

From the March 1-7, 2006, issue

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