About the Founder and Lecturer
Dr. Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, CNS
Dr. Hans Diehl is a Cardiovascular
Epidemiologist with a Doctorate in Health Science and a Masters in Public Health Nutrition.
Dr. Diehl is currently the Director of
the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in California. He previously directed the research and
education programs at the Nathan Pritikin Longevity Center in California and was a
post-doctoral research fellow in cardiovascular epidemiology supported by the National
Institutes of Health. He was also a post-doctoral scholar at UCLA.
He developed the Coronary Health
Improvement Project (CHIP) based on the foundation that according to the U.S. Surgeon
General, 75% of all Western diseases have been found to be "lifestyle" related. Dr. Diehl's
pioneering efforts with Nathan Pritikin, MD, and Denis Burkitt, MD, have shown conclusively
that many of today's diseases are truly reversible through some simple lifestyle changes.
The CHIP program itself was born in the winter of 1988 when Dr. Diehl was invited to conduct
a 4-week lifestyle change program in Creston, British Columbia, a community of about 5,000.
Four hundred persons accepted the challenge to take responsibility for their health and
became charter members of the first CHIP program.
As a best-selling author, researcher, clinician, dynamic speaker, and top-ranking motivator,
Dr. Diehl has lectured to corporations and governments and has presented seminars on four
continents. Following the Creston experience Dr. Diehl went on to conduct multiple live
programs in Canada, India, Australia and the United States. Because he cannot respond to all
the invitations for live CHIP programs, Dr. Diehl decided to produce a Video-CHIP series
that is being used very effectively in a variety of settings. Edmonton's local CHIP chapter
is a product of this effort.
As Dr. Diehl likes to say, "Health is
not everything, but without it, everything is nothing."
Read Dr. Diehl's article for the
European Vegetarian Union, "Diet
for a New Century".
"I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Dr. Hans Diehl, who throughout his life
has been a keen worker on the health maintenance side of medicine. Through his writings and
seminars he has brought a very powerful message to all who would listen on how to use diet,
exercise, and reflection on the more important things in life, to prevent the number one
killers in our society – the atherosclerotic diseases such as heart attacks, strokes,
peripheral vascular diseases and cancer."
– William Castelli, MD, National Institutes of Health, and Former Director -
Framingham Heart Study
"You deserve the highest possible commendation for the wonderfully successful way you and
your co-workers carried out the Cornwall CHIP program. You have shown in a magnificent way
how people can dramatically improve their health by altering their lifestyle instead of
resorting to drugs, high technology and surgery. I have nothing but boundless admiration for
what you have accomplished. I know of no one who has accomplished more in the field of
disease prevention and health promotion than you."
–Denis Burkitt, MD, discoverer of Burkitt’s
lymphoma, and the promoter of dietary fiber.
See CHIP PROGRAM