Dr. Salvatore “Sal” Lacagnina, Medical Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute, talks about CHIP and the lifestyle medicine approach to good health and healing. Watch the live “Ask Dr. Sal” webinar each Wednesday at 3 pm (EST). Archives of past shows can be seen below, or on Vimeo and YouTube.


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March 3, 2021

THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD (with guest, Dr. David Katz)

David Katz, MD, one of the world’s leading authorities on lifestyle medicine, health promotion, and the prevention of chronic disease lays out what’s fundamentally and reliably true — while setting us all free from fads, false claims, and distractions by showing how to differentiate truth from the exploitative “lies” that abound.

February 24, 2021

EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS (with guest, Dr. Hans Diehl)

Restrictive eating plans for weight management can set you up for failure. These semi-starvation plans are difficult to follow and often leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied. They are not a formula for long-term success. Find out the fail-safe formula for successful weight loss. As the founder of the CHIP program with close to 100,000 graduates, Dr. Hans Diehl will tell you how this can be done.

February 17, 2021

PLANT-BASED TELEHEALTH (with guest, Laurie Marbas, MD)

Telemedicine became a necessity soon after the pandemic hit last year as patients and doctors needed to meet yet unable to visit face-to-face. How has this worked out? And what can a patient or physician expect out of such online encounters? Laurie Marbas, MD along with Michael Klaper, MD, and other physicians are taking the new area of telemedicine to new heights by integrating it with lifestyle medicine concepts and offering both modern medical and lifestyle medicine prescriptions to patients online. Find out how this works as Dr. Marbas talks with Dr. Sal about her experience and successes in this new area of medical care..

February 10, 2021

FOOD AS MEDICINE (with guest, Lyndi Schwartz, MD)

“What we aren’t eating is killing us. And what we aren’t eating is more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts,” says Dr. Lyndi Schwartz. “Of the 10 leading causes of chronic disease at least seven are related to poor food choices.” Find out how food can be used as medicine for most chronic diseases. Lyndi Schwartz, MD, program director at the Kettering Medical Center, shows how certain foods can be the secret to amazing health and longevity.

February 3, 2021


Dr. Kim Scheuer is changing lives around Aspen, Colorado for her lifestyle medicine patients and by piloting a CHIP health program for Pitkin County employees. A former vegetarian who woke up one day to discover how unhealthy she was, Kim began to learn what she never was taught in medical school — how to heal patients through lifestyle medicine concepts, including a whole-foods, plant-based diet.

January 27, 2021

UNDERSTANDING FASTING (with guest, Dr. Tom Rifai)

Dr. Sal and his guest talk about a practical approach to leveraging the benefits of fasting without running into the harms of extremism and unsustainable rigidity of intermittent fasting and time-restricted feeding. Dr. Tom Rifai MD, former president of the National Board of Physician Nutrition, talks about a better approach with the same advantages.

January 20, 2021


“It’s time to make a change.” The mere mention of those words can trigger feelings of dread and apprehension. Whether they’re unwanted or a welcome relief, changes are a constant, unavoidable fact. So why do we sometimes have a hard time following through with our decision to make changes? Or why do we struggle with making the decision in the first place? Find out the top 12 barriers to change and some tips for overcoming them.

January 13, 2021


As Covid-19 infection and death rates soar to their highest numbers ever, is there hope for the future? Dr. Michael Klaper, physician, radio host, and nutrition advisor for NASA’s space colonists to the Moon and Mars, weighs in on the problem — and the solution. Drs. Sal and Klaper explore how the pandemic has affected the overall health of the nation, mental health, a strategy for survival, and an action plan for the future.

January 6, 2021

THE LIFESTYLE MEDICINE PRACTICE: A New Type of Medical Care (with guest, Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH)

Despite applying the best modern medicine techniques, diabetes and other chronic diseases are increasing rapidly. Clearly, we need another approach. Lifestyle Medicine is a new medical specialty that is built around treating root causes and offering a totally unique type of medical care. Dr. Sal and his guest talk about how Lifestyle Medicine is different, the kinds of things Lifestyle Medicine doctors do, and how you can find one in your community.

December 16, 2020

ORGANIC FOODS — WHAT IS THE DEAL? (with guest, Scott Stoll, MD)

In the world of whole-plant foods, we often hear the words “organic,” “natural” and “GMO.” What do they mean? And are they good for us? Find out what the big deal is about organic farming, the possible benefits of eating organically grown produce, and what it could mean for our planet’s future.

December 9, 2020

HOW TO QUICKLY READ FOOD LABELS (with guest, Jennifer Drost, MS, PA-C)

Just because a food item is the “healthiest” version in its category doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Which foods are just better to avoid altogether? Jennifer Drost will show us how to quickly read food labels to choose the healthiest options when it comes to packaged foods.

December 2, 2020


What do Brenda Morris, Nancy Schreder, and the Rev. Rob Martin have in common? They all went through the CHIP program (Coronary Health Improvement Program) and ended up losing a lot of weight. But that’s not all. Find out what else happened.

November 25, 2020

IN THE BEGINNING: CHIP — with guest, Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH

What is CHIP? Where did it come from? And, when did it first begin? These and other questions about the popular Complete Health Improvement Program and the 85,000+ participants who have graduated from it will be answered by the man who put together the original concepts over 30 years ago — Dr. Hans Diehl.

November 18, 2020


Making behavior change fun and exciting is the key to sustainability. With the coach approach, you can help to empower yourself to stick with the changes. Dr. Beth Frates, the new president-elect for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, gives tips for powerful and lasting lifestyle changes that can have long-term positive effects on your health.

November 11, 2020

CHRONIC INFLAMMATION — with guest, Cate Collings, MD, MS, FACC, Dip ABLM

Chronic inflammation has real detrimental effects on our health, linked to the development of heart disease, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. So, what can be done about it?

November 4, 2020

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease — with guest, Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr, MD

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, in which he argues for a low-fat, whole-foods, plant-based diet that avoids all animal products and oils, as well as reducing or avoiding soybeans, nuts and avocados. The diet has been advocated by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

October 28, 2020

CHIP: The Complete Health Improvement Program — with guest, Kathy Reynaert-Randall

What is CHIP? What is it like, and what is it all about? And, how can I take part in this life-transforming program? Long-time CHIP facilitator and trainer, Kathy Reynaert-Randall shares the secrets of the program and how to use it to change the lives of others. Find out how you can get involved.

October 21, 2020

TO FORGIVE IS TO LIVE — with guest, Dr. Dick Tibbits

Did you know that your ability to move on from past hurts — to forgive — has been scientifically proven to have amazing benefits to not just our mental health but also our physical health? Dr. Dick Tibbits explains the physiology of how forgiveness can bring benefits to our minds and bodies. (Based on episode #14 of the CHIP video series)

October 14, 2020

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM — with guest, Dr. Dexter Shurney)

During Covid times nothing is more important as a defense against this virus as a good immune system. But, what can we do to strengthen it? Are there effective “natural ways” to fight infectious illnesses in addition to medications and vaccines? Dr. Sal and his guest, Dr. Dexter Shurney, talk about the immune system and how to strengthen it, naturally.

October 7, 2020

FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING — with guest, Dr. Darren Morton

Would you rather just survive, or would you like to thrive? The answer might seem obvious but getting from just surviving to truly thriving can be a little more complicated. In this session, participants are led through what it truly means to thrive and given some practical tools to help them get the most out of life by living an optimal lifestyle. (Based on episode #18 of the CHIP video series)

September 30, 2020

NO SUGAR? NO OIL? NO SALT? NO PROBLEM!!! — with guest, Chef AJ

Dr. Sal’s guest talks about why you might want to consider trying SOS-free eating, and how. World-class chef, author, and TV personality, Chef AJ has been a big supporter of the CHIP program and challenges us to go even further in our dietary progress.

September 23, 2020

FIX HOW YOU FEEL — 5 TIPS FOR FEELING BETTER — with guest Dr. Darren Morton

Dr. Darren Morton shares his 5 tips for feeling fantastic showing us the science behind how and what we surround ourselves with. How we move and how we think can all have significant effects on whether or not we get the most out of life. Dr. Morton challenges participants to look to all areas of their lives; to strive for more. (Based on episode #17 of the CHIP video series)

September 16, 2020


How are you handling life during the current epidemic? Are you feeling irritable, frustrated, or depressed? Stress relieving strategies are the secret weapon to working through these difficult times in a positive way and to empowering you in all aspects of life.

September 9, 2020


Even the strongest willpower can be tested by a negative environment. Find out the secret to changing healthy behaviors into healthy habits through practical tips and suggestions that can help re-engineer your everyday choices to promote healthy behaviors. (Based on CHIP Session #15)

September 2, 2020

YOUR DNA IS NOT YOUR DESTINY — with special guest, Dr. John Kelly

Are you stuck with the genetics that were handed to you at birth? Or, is there a way to change the direction of your DNA code? Dr. Sal Lacagnina and his guest, Dr. John Kelly discuss the cutting-edge research showing how genetics affects our health and how we have more influence over our genes than we might think. (Based on CHIP Session #13)

August 26, 2020


Positive lifestyle change isn’t just about eating better and moving more. True change needs to come from positive thinking. In this session Dr. Sal talks about the science behind behavior change and the strong impact our beliefs can have on our behaviors — in both a positive and negative sense. (Based on CHIP Session #13)

August 19, 2020


Do you understand the results of your lab test and what it means for your health and wellbeing? The numbers tell the story, and so do participants in the CHIP program who take action and find success through their own unique journey. With special guest Dr. Hans Diehl. (Based on CHIP Session #12)

August 12, 2020


You might be surprised to learn that research into cancer prevention has shown there are some remarkably simple things we can do day to day that can reduce our risk of developing certain types of cancer. In this webinar you will be guided through the choices we make every day that can help reduce our risks.

August 5, 2020


Bone health plays such an important role in our quality of life as we age. Healthy bones help us to stay mobile and active, living life to the fullest. Dr. Sal will guide you through the key building blocks of bone health showing how lifestyle plays a significant role in helping us to maintain strong, healthy bones.

July 29, 2020


A whole plant food diet is low in the things implicated in high blood pressure, which is great news. However, some people also worry that it is low in important nutrients, such as protein. In this webinar you’ll learn some surprising and reassuring facts about plant-based diets and protein.

July 22, 2020


Your heart is an amazing organ that will give you many years of faithful service if you take good care of it. A healthy circulatory system plays a huge role in maintaining optimal health. In this webinar session you will learn the keys to maintaining optimal circulation and how to take care for your heart (and all other arteries) so it can take care of you!

July 15, 2020


From countries like the US and Australia to India and China, type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing problem, not just because of how it effects an individual’s quality of life but because it also puts an enormous financial strain on already struggling health care systems. In this session, participants learn about the history of research into type 2 diabetes and what modern science shows we can do ourselves to help avoid, as well as manage and reverse the symptoms of this debilitating chronic disease.

July 8, 2020


Fiber is an amazing component of food and getting enough fiber is a key part of healthy eating. Learn how fiber is protective against a range of chronic diseases, how much you should be aiming for daily and where to find it.

July 1, 2020


Many weight loss diets promote restrictive eating and calorie counting. These diets can be difficult to follow and leave you feeling hungry, not a formula for success. In this session CHIP shows the secrets to eating well and feeling satisfied.

June 24, 2020


CHIP is not simply a diet and exercise plan, it’s about moving towards an optimal lifestyle, one that promotes health and discourages disease. In this session participants learn about the key components of an optimal lifestyle and how to start putting them into action in their day to day lives.

June 17, 2020


Did you know that there are a few key bodily processes that, if damaged or harmed, can lead to not just one health issue, but a whole range of chronic diseases? Learn about this common denominator for chronic disease and what you can do to avoid it.

June 10, 2020


Learn about a new paradigm in health care called Lifestyle Medicine where patients work in partnership with their health care professionals to take an active role in maintaining their health and, in some cases, even reversing disease.

June 3, 2020


Your CHIP journey begins with startling insights into our changing health care needs through history. We are now faced with a steadily rising tide of chronic diseases that are placing a crippling burden on our health, our health care system and our economy.

May 27, 2020


Some of today’s chronic lifestyle diseases can be considered pandemics as well as the Covid-19 virus. Diseases such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, dementia, and overweight are included in chronic diseases that are spreading around the world. CHIP is foundational as a solution to these pandemics.