Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

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 Healthcare is the only provider of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine in Delaware.

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.


Saving Lives By Healing the Heart

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.

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Beebe offers quality cardiac care through advanced medical programs such as Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. The Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program adds to this spectrum of heart care and allows Beebe to help patients learn how they, themselves, can actively participate in reversing their heart disease.


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.

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