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Centegra Expo shows ways to get healthy

Podiatrist Patrick McEneaney screens feet Curt Brayburn while Barb Bales waits for her turn.

Podiatrist Patrick McEneaney screens the feet of Curt Brayburn while Barb Bales waits for her turn.

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Updated: March 1, 2013 6:47AM

HUNTLEY — Some were just curious, some were seeking specific information and others were there to make a positive change in their lives.

But everyone agreed the Weigh Less, Live More Expo at Centegra’s Health Bridge in Huntley was a well-executed event. The Health Bridge in Huntley opened in 2008.

Formerly called the Diabetes Fair, the Weigh Less, Live More Expo drew large crowds throughout the morning Friday as folks participated in free tests for everything from bone density to high blood pressure and sat in on lectures about advances in the treatment of diabetes and the benefits of surgery for weight loss.

Weight loss institute

Dr. Amir Heydari, Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center medical director, spoke at the event. He said once people understand the benefits of weight loss surgery, they are more likely to use it as an option for losing weight.

“There is a lot of myth regarding weight loss surgery. As people and physicians are getting more educated about the surgery, they find it is a very good option for people with a body mass index over 35,” Heydari said.

Centegra’s Strategic Marketing Manager Kim Piraino said Centegra’s new weight loss institute has packaged together everything an individual might need to better their health through exercise and nutrition.

She said in addition to the center’s weight loss surgery options, they offer medical nutrition therapy and advocate participation in the “Wellbridge” fitness program that gives participants access to all the resources Centegra offers for losing weight safely and effectively.

Piraino said seniors who have never been to a fitness center are often surprised at how accessible the program is for them.

“Our two-month Wellbridge program has been hugely successful in getting that population through the doors. Once they come in and see people on our walking tracks who are wearing oxygen masks they realize this is a place they can come to and work at their own level,” Piriano said.

Terri Coreless took advantage of the balance screenings while she was at the event.

“I just came by to see what was going on. I am retiring next week and I am trying to change my life around,” she said.

Coreless said she visited most of the screening booths and was pleased with the results she received about her general health.

“This event is really good. They seem to have touched on everything. So far, I have passed all the screenings,” she said.

Curt Brayburn has been a member of the Centegra Health Bridge since it opened. He came in to work out at the gym and decided to check out the screenings while he was there.

“It’s been interesting. I did not expect to do this. It was a nice surprise,” Brayburn said.

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