UPEI researchers seeking participants for free lifestyle intervention program – Saltwire

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — UPEI researchers are seeking participants for a free lifestyle intervention program known as Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise (CHANGE).
The program looks to improve the health of people dealing with metabolic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetic or pre-diabetic insulin resistance, abdominal adiposity, high bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol.
Principal investigator Marilyn Barrett, director of the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre, stressed that the study is not a weight loss program.
“This is a lifestyle intervention study,” she said. “Through the CHANGE program, we will provide participants with the tools they need to better manage health conditions they may have and improve their overall health through a Mediterranean diet and exercises that can be done safely at home.”
This is the third year the program will be offered in communities across the Island, including Montague, Stratford, Charlottetown, Cornwall, Summerside and Alberton.
The study is seeking people with or at risk of metabolic syndrome with at least two of five metabolic conditions.
Participants will have their glucose and lipids levels checked five times over 12 months, as well as measurements of fitness, waist circumference, blood pressure and heart rate.
The CHANGE program was created by Metabolic Syndrome Canada, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2011.
Participants can be referred by their physician or nurse practitioner or they sign up directly by contacting the CHANGE Program at [email protected] or 902-620-5156.
For more information, contact Barrett at 902-566-0355 or [email protected].
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