Ornish Reversal Program

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Ornish Reversal Program

Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

Hunterdon Healthcare is proud to announce that Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease™ (Ornish Reversal Program) is now being offered at Hunterdon Medical Center.

This program is nationally recognized—through the results of more than 35 years of peer-reviewed, published research—proven to prevent, stop and even reverse the progression of heart disease.

Over the years, participants have reported that they no longer have chest pain, they have more energy, their cholesterol levels and blood pressure have lowered, and they have kept off weight lost while taking part in the program. They also have reported that they have been able to reduce the amount of medication they took for years.

Cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer in the United States and in Hunterdon County. Participants that qualify for the Ornish Reversal Program will attend 18, four-hour sessions (over 3 months) at the Hunterdon Medical Center.
For more information on the Ornish Reversal Program at Hunterdon Medical Center call (908) 788-6371.

What is the Ornish Reversal Program?

The premise of the Ornish Reversal Program is simple yet requires personal commitment and action: Adopt a healthy lifestyle based on the four key elements—a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet; at least 30 minutes of exercise each day; a practice of stress management techniques; and active engagement in supportive relationships.

Participants experience the Ornish Reversal Program as a small, consistent group – all of which have the common goal of preventing, stopping or reversing the heart disease and improving their well-being. This 72-hour outpatient program provides participants with support from an expert team that focuses on four elements of your life: nutrition, fitness, stress management, and group support.

Documented and published results for thousands of participants across the nation have overwhelmingly shown that the program works. So much so that Medicare and several private insurance plans cover the program for qualified patients under a new benefit category called “Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs.” All that is required is a referral from a physician and the patient’s commitment to adhere to program guidelines. Adherence includes, first and foremost, giving up of smoking, which research links to many diseases, including heart disease.

Participants are not left alone to figure out how they are going to change their lives. Instead, they are guided through a comprehensive lifestyle change program consisting of 18 four-hour sessions in which an experienced staff teaches them how to prepare a whole-food, plant-based diet; incorporate regular, moderate exercise; practice stress management techniques such as gentle yoga and meditation; and tap into the healing power of connection through group support.

“People adopt this new lifestyle because they feel so much better so quickly,” says Dean Ornish, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of San Francisco, and President and Founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. “They have found the inner sources of health, joy, and well-being.”

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The combined effect of all four lifestyle elements makes the transformative difference: nutrition, fitness, stress management, and love and support.

The Proof

The 37 years of scientific evidence conducted by Dean Ornish, M.D. and his colleagues in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco and other leading academic institutions shows that changes in diet and lifestyle can make a powerful difference in your heart function and overall well-being. For more information on the research, visit the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Research page.

The Benefits

  • Feel more energized.
  • Improve your quality of life.
  • Lower your chances of needing surgery.
  • Reduce your risk of a heart-related event.
  • Learn to anticipate and manage stress more effectively.
  • Decrease your chest pain (angina). You may even become pain-free.
  • Become a part of an emotionally supportive and encouraging community.
  • Increase the amount of exercise you can do and make it more and more enjoyable.
  • Lower your cholesterol, improve your blood pressure and blood sugar, and lose weight.
  • Under your doctor’s supervision, reduce or discontinue many and sometimes all medications.

4 Key Program Elements

One of the keys to the Ornish program is incorporating whole-food, plant-based nutrition into your diet. Visit our newsroom for several Ornish recipes and for even more recipes visit the online Recipedia.

Well-balanced fitness includes stamina, strength, and flexibility. Set your fitness goals and start being more active today with exercise videos and more through the program.

Stress Management:
When stress is chronic, physical reactions can lead to disease. Learn techniques to cope with and manage stress empowers you to react in healthier ways.

Love and Support:
Our ability to connect with ourselves and others is at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. Giving and receiving love and support makes you healthier and happier. Group support is the part of the comprehensive lifestyle change program that allows individuals participating in the program to connect with each other.

For more information and program resources, go to the Ornish Reversal Program website or download the program’s overview.


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