Eat Well, Love Better, Move More (ELM) is an innovative lifestyle change program created by Lynda Powell, PhD, preventive medicine specialist at Rush University Medical Center, and a multidisciplinary team of practitioners at Rush. The group worked together to invent a program to help improve the health of patients with metabolic syndrome, a collection of risk factors that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
The program is being tested through a study run by the Rush University Prevention Center. So far, the study participants have lost weight, lowered their blood pressure and reduced their cholesterol levels. At the same time, the researchers have gained new knowledge about how to make lifestyle change work.
"We went into this with the idea that healthy living is all about enjoying life," Powell says. "We want to help people learn that healthy meals can taste delicious, that physical activity can be fun and elevate your mood, and that something as simple as a smile can build vitality and commitment.
"Healthy living is not about deprivation; it's about discovering — or rediscovering — the true meaning of quality of life."
To find out more about the Rush University Prevention Center, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).
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