Dr. Dean Ornish and WVU

The WVU Dean Ornish Program


–        The Ornish Program is a lifestyle modification program that enables participants to reverse many of the symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

–        It enables people to avoid invasive procedures like bypass surgery

–        It requires participants to change their lifestyle to eliminate & modify self-destructive behaviors that often result in CAD

–        The program has 4 components: a low-fat, vegetarian nutrition plan; exercise; relaxation; and group support

–        Participants undergo a 12-week, intensive Program that teaches them to eat properly, exercise safely, identify & control stress, and deal with feelings like loneliness or isolation that may affect their health and well-being

–        The Ornish Program is conducted by highly trained health care and behavior modification professionals, with the consent and support of each participant’s primary care physician or cardiac specialist

–        Participants’ physicians receive regular progress updates on their patients

–        The Ornish Program requires commitment, discipline, and willingness for each participant to assume responsibility for his or her own health

The Spectrum program focuses on educating the participant on the benefits of incorporating exercise, stress management, social connectedness, and nutrition into their daily life. This program was developed as a result of the success of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. The program includes baseline testing of a lipid panel profile, fasting blood sugar, blood pressure, height, weight, body composition, BMI calculation, update risk appraisal, and follow-up results. This program is designed for those who may qualify for the Dr. Dean Ornish Reversal Program or who may not have coverage for the Reversal program through their insurance.

Spectrum program qualifications:

–        Family hx of CAD or HTN

–        Personal hx of cancer

–        BMI greater than 25

–        Metabolic Syndrome, but not meeting requirements for Ornish reversal

The Spectrum program is less rigorous than the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. For example, the dietary portion of the advantage program allows you to have fish and chicken while fat can constitute up to 15% of food intake per day. The heart disease reversal program limits fat to 10% of food intake and is completely vegetarian.

Participants meet weekly for training, which also includes physical activity and relaxation training. In addition to weekly training, participants receive:

–        Full lipid profile, blood pressure screening, body fat composition and BMI, both before training and at 12 weeks

–        Everyday Cooking cookbook

–        CD-ROM on stress management

Identifying Ornish-Friendly Foods:

–         Foods allowed are grains, vegetables, fruits, non-fat milk products, legumes, egg whites, and small amounts of sugars and alcohol, if desired

–        Foods that are not allowed include an fats or oils, any animal products other than egg whites and non-fat milk products, seeds, nuts, and avocados

–        If this seems restrictive to you, it is. Once people start making exceptions, they tend to make a lot of exceptions and lose the benefits of the diet. Also, Ornish Program research has shown that only with strict adherence is heart disease reversal likely to occur.

The Ornish Program Grocery List:

–        Cereals

  • Oatmeal, Oat bran, Shredded oats, Cinnamon Oat Crunch, All-Bran, Bran Flakes, Product 19, Fiber One, Wheatena, Shredded Wheat, Chex, Cheerios, Grapenuts, Raisin Bran, Whole Grain Cornmeal, Hominy, Polenta, Brown Rice, Brown Basmati Rice, Barley, Bulgar Wheat, Kasha, Wheat Germ, Quinoa, Millet

–        Breads

  • 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • Whole Wheat Pits
  • Nature’s Own, Sara Lee, Corn Tortillas, Whole Wheat Tortilla
  • Ezekiel Whole Wheat Bread
  • Kroger’s Crusty Multi-Grain, Vienna, Seedless Rye
  • Whole Wheat English Muffins (Thomas, Sara Lee, Kroger)
  • Bagels (Thomas Whole Wheat, Sara Lee Honey)
  • Honey Whole Wheat (Daily Knead)

–        Full Fat Soy Products  (over 3 grams of fat per serving)

  • Regular Soy Milk (Silk Plain, Vanilla)
  • Soy Nuts (Genisoy, Dr. Soy)
  • Edamame (Green soybeans)
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh

–        Other Proteins (3 grams of fat or less per serving)

  • Burgers- Boca, Morningstar Veggie Burger, Soy Crumbles
  • Beans- Dried, Canned, Frozen, Refried Beans
  • Egg Beaters, Kroger Break-Free, Better’n’Egg, Egg Whites
  • Soy Cheese (Veggie Slices and Veggies Shreds)
  • Better’n’Peanut Butter- regular and low-sodium

–        Fat-Free Dairy

  • Skim milk, Ultra Skim, Fat-Free Plus
  • Fat-Free Cream Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, Sour Cream
  • Fat-Free Yogurt, Fat-Free Sliced Cheese

–        Prepared Foods

  • Fat-Free Tomato Sauce- Health Choice (Chunky Veg. Primavera), Ragu
  • Veg. Broth- Swanson’s, College Inn, Kroger Brand
  • Soups- Health Valley, Fantastic, Progresso, Healthy Choice (Country’s Veg., Garden Veg.)
  • Salsa- Old El Paso, Pace Picante Sauce
  • Salad Dressing- Kraft Fat-Free (1000 Island, Catalina, Zesty Italian), Weight Watchers (Italian), Ken (Fat-Free Sun Dried Tomato), Maple Grove, Walden Farm (Fat-Free Balsamic Vin.)
  • Fat-Free Mayo, Fat-Free Miracle Whip
  • Fat-Free I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spread (tub), Promise Fat-Free Margarine (tub)

–        Snacks

  • Fat-Free Baked Tortilla Chips, Basked Tostitos, Baked Lays (Original), Guiltless Gourmet Fat-Free Tortilla Chips, Fat-Free Pretzels (Gold Rod, Utz), Rice Cakes (Hain, Quaker), Fat-Free Popcorn, Fat-Free Cookies (Archway Oatmeal), Angel Food Cake, Fat-Free Pudding Mix (Jello-brand), Fat-Free Muffin Mix (Krusteaz, Hodgson Mill)

–        Beverages

  • Herbal tea, Grain coffee (Cafix, Dacopa, Teccino, Roma, Postum, Revival Roasted Soy Coffee
  • Caffeine-free Diet Sodas- Diet Rite

The WVU Ornish Team:

–        Dave Harshbarger, MS- Program Director

–        Ed Horvat, MA, BCC

–        Kimberly Williams, PhD

–        Liz Quintana, RD, CDE

–        Heidi Lewis, BSN, CCRN, RNC

For more information call: 304-293-2520