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On The Road To Good Health

Advocate Condell Medical Center Exercise Physiologist Megan Olson weighs patient Ervin Rogerts of Crystal Lake. (BY JEFF KRAGE)

There are so many weight-loss programs on the market today that target obesity. The question is, do they work — and for how long?

Some programs promote supplements you can buy at the store, while many play up portion-controlled food delivered to your door, and others offer weekly weigh-ins and meetings along with a diet and exercise plan.

But one weight-loss program offers more: Wellness Services at Advocate Condell Centre Club in Libertyville and Gurnee.

Wellness Services features components of the programs mentioned above, but also includes regular meetings with registered dieticians, clinical psychologists, physicians and exercise physiologists and stresses a long-term maintenance plan.

“Losing weight is the easy part, it’s keeping it off that is the challenge,” says Tricia Walker, manager of Wellness Services and Weight Management.

Most times insurance will supplement the cost of the program, and it is a doctor-referred program.

The medically supervised weight-loss program has three different programs to choose from — Very-Low-Calorie Diet, Low-Calorie Diet and Nutrition Exchange Program. They are designed to specifically target the degree of weight loss a person needs to achieve and in what time frame.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of Lake County Magazine.