CHIP changing lives in Vanuatu

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Port Vila, Vanuatu

Sixty-two people have graduated from the first Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) held in Vanuatu.

During the CHIP graduation ceremony at Portoroki Adventist church, a former government health director said he had never seen such dramatic improvement in such a short period of time.

Participants showed impressive results after the four-week program, including reduced sugar and cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure. Each person also experienced weight loss.

“I have undergone five major operations,” said Josephine Garae. “Before CHIP, I felt tired easily and very huge and heavy. CHIP has given me my life back.”

Ms Garae said she also feels lighter and more vibrant, and that she would “recommend CHIP to anyone who wants to experience living more and being more productive.”
 

 

Carol Boehm leads out the CHIP program at Portoroki Adventist church in Port Vila. 

The program was organised by the Vanuatu Mission’s Health Ministries department, with Carol Boehm from the Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) serving as host. ADRA Vanuatu also provided financial support.

Participants—nearly half of whom were not Adventist—received their CHIP graduation certificates at a ceremony at Portoroki Adventist church on May 14. 

During the ceremony, former Vanuatu Government Health director Russel Tamata said he had “never seen any program to be very effective as compared to CHIP.”

“This is an answer to the cries of so many [lifestyle disease] victims, and I am praying to see this roll out nationwide,” said Mr Tamata.

CHIP programs began running in the TPUM two years ago as part of the Health Promoting Churches initiative—a comprehensive strategy by the South Pacific Division’s Health Ministries department to combat the epidemic of lifestyle disease in the region.

Mrs Boehm returned to Port Vila this past weekend to conduct a CHIP facilitators training program, with 13 people receiving skills to host future CHIP programs.
 

The new CHIP facilitators.

For more information about CHIP visit <www.chiphealth.com>.