Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer in the United States. Heart and vascular disease are all too common in Delaware. More than 12 percent of people in Sussex County have diabetes, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Nearly two-thirds of the population in Sussex County are overweight or obese, which also is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

People who have had a heart attack or who have a heart condition are eligible to enter the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program at Beebe. This program is nationally recognized—through the results of more than 35 years of peer-reviewed, published research—for preventing, stopping, and even reversing the progression of heart disease. Beebe is the only provider of the Ornish program in Delaware.

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.


Beebe Cardiac Rehab & Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Programs Earn Accreditation

Beebe Healthcare has been awarded with Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation re-certification for 2019 through the Medicare-approved program, Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease® (Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™). Read more.


What is the Ornish Program?

The program teaches participants to 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.

Thousands of participants across the nation have overwhelmingly shown that the program works, so much so that Medicare and several private insurance plans pay for patients to attend. All that is required is a referral from a physician and the patient’s commitment to adhere to program guidelines.

For more information, call (302) 645-3514. Beebe's Ornish program is located at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Suite 313, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.


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