Final Call for Participants for Study on Metabolic Syndrome

The CU Anschutz Health & Wellness Center (AHWC) is seeking volunteers for the final cohort of the Enhanced Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome (ELM) study, a 2-year research study comparing two lifestyle programs with the goal of improving health and reversing metabolic syndrome. People with Metabolic Syndrome are at greater risk for developing heart failure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which are major causes of disability, suffering, and death in the U.S. and worldwide.

Eligible participants must be 18 years or older and meet three or more of the following conditions for Metabolic Syndrome:

  • Large waist size or waist circumference
  • High blood pressure or taking blood pressure medication for high blood pressure
  • High blood sugar or prediabetes (but not have diabetes)
  • High triglycerides or taking medications for high triglycerides
  • Low HDL (“good cholesterol”) or taking medication for low HDL

Study Details
The ELM study, led by Kevin Masters, PhD, director of clinical health psychology at AHWC, will compare two different lifestyle programs: a group-based lifestyle program that requires participants to attend weekly group classes (Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.) for the first three months, bi-weekly classes for the next three months, and then monthly classes for 18 months OR a self-directed program that requires participants to read educational tip sheets and follow the instructions on their own. Participants will be randomly assigned to either the group–based program or the self-directed program.  The ELM study is seeking a total of 600 participants from five sites across the country, with 120 participants sought from the Denver/Aurora metro area. There are only 30 spots left at the University of Colorado, and screening visits are being conducted now.

Both lifestyle programs are aimed at helping people learn how to eat healthy, increase activity, and manage stress. There will be four study visits, with the purpose of data collection, over the two-year study. Participants will receive a Fitbit activity tracker, compensation of up to $180, blood work and lab results will be provided, and participation in one of two lifestyle programs. The ELM study is being conducted at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

To see if you are be eligible to participate in the ELM study, please contact the study team via email or call 303-724-9198. For more information, visit the study website at

View Dr. Masters’ interview about the study with 9Health:


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