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80 People Graduate From CHIP Program Thursday Night

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Some of them gave up salt, sugar and increased their exercise and Thursday night it all paid off.

A group of 80 people graduated from the CHIP program.  CHIP, Coronary Health Improvement Project, teaches people how to change their lifestyle and improve their health.

It's an 8 week course sponsored by Kadlec Medical Center and WSU Tri-cities.

Julie and John Schmidt of Kennewick were gaining weight and wanted to do something about it.  Julie said, "We saw the numbers going up and we didn't want to start taking medication and so we decided to try this. It was a lot easier to follow than we though it would be."

Julie lost 25 pounds and her blood pressure dropped 15 points.

John lost 34 pounds and his cholesterol went down 90 points.

500 people have graduated locally.

CHIP sessions are held in the fall and spring.

It's 3-hundred dollars a person and 425 per couple.

www.chipusa.org or call Kadlec Medical Center at 509-942-2600.