For more information, call: 877-CENTEGRA

Centegra offers free interactive health and wellness fair

As the region’s leader in wellness prevention, Centegra Health System will offer residents of McHenry County and surrounding areas an opportunity to learn how to live a healthy life during a special event. The Centegra Weigh Less, Live More Expo will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 25 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Huntley, 10450 Algonquin Road. There is no cost for this event.

“We are very excited about this event because it will teach participants everything they need to know about fitness, nutrition, diabetes, lifestyle choices, personal wellness and more,” said Matt Carlen, vice president of Centegra Health and Wellness.

  • All under one roof, attendees will have the opportunity to:
  • Observe a healthy cooking demonstration by Meg Burnham, Centegra registered dietitian
  • Learn about the new Centegra Weight-Loss Institute
  • Visit interactive booths and meet with clinical professionals regarding nutrition, heart, weight loss, diabetes, and Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Centers
  • Hear two physicians speak about living healthier lifestyles

Dr. Achal Ahmed, Centegra Physician Care endocrinologist, will discuss the latest advancements in the treatment of diabetes. She will also share tips diabetics can use for monitoring their progress.

Dr. Amir Heydari, medical director of Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center and independent physician will speak about weighing the many options for weight loss and finding a solution that works best for each individual.

“The Expo demonstrates the full continuum of care offered by Centegra Health System’s Weight-Loss Institute from prevention, diagnosis and treatment, to follow-up support and ongoing disease management,” said Carlen.

The Centegra Weight-Loss Institute offers the most comprehensive, medically based weight-loss services in McHenry and northern Kane County. It provides support at every stage of weight loss, whether one is working toward a total body makeover or simply trying to live a healthier, more active life through diet and exercise.

The Centegra Weight-Loss Institute also offers bariatric weight-loss surgery options, including gastric bypass, gastric band including LAP BandTM surgery, diabetes treatment and education, and enhanced nutrition/diet programs.

To learn more or to register for the Centegra Weigh Less, Live More Expo, call 877-CENTEGRA (236-8347). All ages are welcome. The first 200 to register and attend will receive a free Healthwise Handbook and a chance to win a health and wellness basket valued at $800. To learn more about the Centegra Weight-Loss Institute and a chance to win a one-year membership to Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center, visit

If you cannot attend the event, visit to sign up to view the physician lectures and cooking demonstration after the event.