Hunterdon Healthcare’s Ornish Program Hosted Chili Cook-off for Alumni

Hunterdon Healthcare offers patients a unique, non-invasive approach to reverse cardiac disease. Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease™ (Ornish Reversal Program).  The Ornish program addresses the root causes of heart disease rather than just its symptoms, and offers participants what can be a more appealing option than surgery: lifestyle as treatment.

For the 2nd year in a row, the alumni participants of Hunterdon Healthcare’s Ornish program gathered for an evening picnic to celebrate their success.  This year, the group held a contest to make the best chili using the Ornish nutrition guidelines, which includes a plant-based diet. The winner of the contest was Dwayne Kugler.

The Ornish Reversal Program is based on more than three decades of research showing that the progression of coronary artery disease and other chronic conditions can be treated and reversed through lifestyle changes.

Ornish Reversal Program participants attend 18 four-hour group sessions for a total of 72 hours. Each session can accommodate approximately 10-12 individuals who focus on improvement in four key areas: exercise, stress management, nutrition and group support. The program is facilitated by a dedicated seven-person team that includes a medical director, program director, nurse case manager, clinical exercise physiologist and experts in stress management, behavioral health, fitness and nutrition. These experts help participants to take control of their treatment by providing them with the knowledge, training and community resources to sustain a healthier lifestyle. Many participants maintain contact with their group and continue to be a part of the Ornish community after the program ends.

Jonathan Horiuchi, M.D., Medical Director, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Hunterdon Medical Center and a Cardiologist with Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, explained, “Participants embrace the program because they have more energy, less stress, more emotional support, much less pain, and greater physical endurance – in short, they feel empowered to regain control of their lives.”

Hunterdon Healthcare is currently enrolling qualified participants in the program.  The program is offered at Hunterdon Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center.

To determine whether you may be eligible for Ornish Reversal Program at Hunterdon Medical Center, call 908-788-6371. For more information on the program, visit

Pictured: Staff serves chili to guests during Hunterdon Healthcare’s Ornish Program alumni Chili cook-off held at Deer Path Park in September.