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Total Health Improvement Program (THIP) Classes start Jan. 3

Tuesday, December 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Walls
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The video below shows how free community classes can change behavior and improve health.  About 4 years ago I started these classes in Roseburg and when I moved to Westfir these classes have continued under the leadership of UC VEG and Dr. Beery.  My wife and I have continued these classes in Oakridge/Westfir and between Roseburg and Oakridge/Westfir over 800 people have attended at least some of the classes.

The inspiring stories from class participants have motivated me to teach more classes in Eugene and the medical school in Lebanon, OR. I have been contacting hospitals in Eugene to assist them in transitioning to the recent AMA resolution that US hospitals should be serving plant based meals...low in fat, low in salt, and no added sugar. Also, no processed meats should be served to improve the health of patients, staff, and visitors.

The new evidence based nutrition studies are what has led to this revolutionary resolution.  And the sooner our whole country transforms to actually eating healthy...the sooner more people will improve their health and not have to suffer the ravages of so many chronic diseases that are caused by lifestyle choices.

I continue to go online or email or phone conversation for free for anyone interested in improving their own health or the health of others.  My ultimate goal is to change how medicine is practiced for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Best to you,
Charlie Ross






Classes for the Douglas County Total Health Improvement Program (THIP) start January 3rd & 4th in Roseburg.


UC-VEG (Umpqua Community Veg Education Group) presents the Total Health Improvement Program!  A team of facilitators, representing a diverse array of medical and professional backgrounds, serve as your guides on your journey through the Total Health Improvement Program, with guest presenters joining in occasionally from around and outside the county.   

The course outline includes: disease prevention, living a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, movement and exercise, avoidance of chemicals and toxins, the greater impacts of our dietary choices, mindfulness and learning how to view and manage stress and vulnerability and lasting happiness. 

Afternoon and evening options for attending class are available:
Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm
Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm

The next round of classes begins January 3rd and 4th, 2018
While registration is not required, you are welcome to contact UC-VEG for more information.  
Better Living Center, located at 1129 NW Garden Valley Blvd. in Roseburg, Oregon (next to the Seventh Day Adventist Church,  across from Starbucks).
*Though THIP is not linked with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, UC-VEG is honored to have the support of SDA and accesses to a wonderful venue, and recognizes the parallels that THIP shares with many of the traditional SDA lifestyle choices. 

It is of utmost importance to UC-VEG that the information contained in the 12 week course is disseminated to those that need it. Therefore, there is no fee for the course, though a donation of $40/person is suggested. All facilitators are contributing their time and expertise as a service to the community of Douglas County. Additionally, the book "How Not To Die" by Michael Greger, M.Dis used as the text book for the course. Students are encouraged to obtain their own copy, available for purchase in class for $18 or online for $15-27.00 plus shipping. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Umpqua Health Alliance, a participants on Oregon Health Plan will receive a free copy of the book. 

Students are also encouraged to obtain a pedometer, which can be found for a few dollars to $20.00. Fitbits, smartphones, or other types of fitness trackers may also serve the purpose of tracking your steps. 

Dr. Charlie Ross provides a supplemental drop-in class once a month on Sundays (the first Sunday of the month, unless it is a holiday, in which case it would be the second) at the Better Living Center from 1:30-3:30pm.  The class is offered as additional support for both new students and those who have completed the THIP. 


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