The Enhanced Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome(ELM) multisite trial investigates how to best help people with metabolic syndrome reverse the condition through lifestyle changes. We hope to prevent people from developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. While many people are able to make short-term lifestyle changes, the ELM programs are designed to give you tools and ongoing support to increase your physical activity, eat healthy, and manage stress for the long term.
First, we need to make sure you are a good fit for the ELM Trial. We will ask you to come to our clinic to confirm you have metabolic syndrome. The visit will consist of a blood test(at no cost to you), physical measurements, answering some questions, and wearing an activity monitor for seven days. If you qualify and are a good fit then you will be randomly assigned to one of the following two programs:
We provide the tools to help you make lifestyle changes on your own schedule.
The program at a glance:
In-person meeting with the Self-Directed coordinator to orient you to the program
Receive monthly tip sheets providing education and lifestyle guidance
Receive a Fitbit to self-monitor physical activity
Receive access to the ELM website
Receive progress report letters with your lab results
We provide the tools, and you make lifestyle changes with the support of a group.
In-person meeting with a Group-Based leader to orient you to the program
Attend 1.5-hour group lifestyle sessions held weekly for three months, biweekly for three months, and monthly for 18 months
Receive access to the ELM website and an online community group
Next, you will come for three follow-up visits, similar to your first visit, so we can see how you are doing periodically over the next two years. You will be given a copy of your lab and physical measures data after each visit.
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We will be starting groups in the following months:
You are helping the research community figure out better ways of treating metabolic syndrome.
You don't get to choose which program you join. You are instead randomized to either the Self-Directed Program or Group-Based Program. Participants will have an equal chance of being assigned to either program. Once you're assigned you cannot change to the other program.
You are committing to coming back for follow-up visits 6 months, 15 months, and 24 months after the program begins. The visits involve answering questions, a blood draw, physical measures, and wearing an activity monitor for seven days. It is really important that everyone who signs up comes back for their follow-up visits so we can properly answer which program works best.
All program materials are free and a copy of your lab results will be provided to you.