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Blog: Top 2 Reasons to Stop Smoking

Centegra has several resources to help you quit smoking. If you want to take charge of your lung health but need help quitting smoking, join Centegra’s seven-week Freedom from Smoking class for adults. Centegra Health System and the McHenry Department of Health have partnered together to bring you an effective read more

Blog: Is a Plant-Based Diet Best for a Healthy Heart?


Is a plant-based diet with no animal products including, meat, fish, dairy, eggs and limited oil best for a healthy heart? For a healthy heart the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming a diet rich in: Vegetables and fruits Whole grains Low-fat dairy products Lean protein such as poultry and fish Legumes Nuts and non-tropical vegetable oils read more

Blog: Vaccinate Your Child Against the Measles


Centegra Health System and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urge parents to have their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Vaccinate your child as soon as he or she reaches the recommended age, though it is never too late to get your child caught up to receive the full benefits of read more

Blog: World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

The American Institute for Cancer Research offers 10 recommendations for cancer prevention. Researchers believe a third of the most common cancers in the U.S. can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) to no more than 18 ounces a week (cooked weight) read more

Blog: Laugh for the Health of It

National Belly Laugh Day

Today is Global Belly Laugh Day. At 1:24 pm smile, throw your arms in the air and let out a great big belly laugh. Remember the people, both past and present, in your life that you have laughed with and have helped you find the humor in a situation. Laughter is read more

Blog: Dos and Don’ts With Flu

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a variety of viruses. While flu illnesses have declined in recent weeks, it’s vital for anyone finding themselves with flu-like symptoms to know what to do and not to do. That is because the flu can lead to hospitalization and read more

Blog: What’s the Best Day to Weigh Yourself?

Today is Wednesday. Have you stepped on a scale to weigh yourself yet? If not, you should, especially if your goal is weight loss. According to a recent study conducted at Finland’s Tampere University of Technology, Wednesday is the day your weight is least likely to fluctuate, making week-to-week personal assessments read more

Blog: Keep Warm and Dry With Tips from Centegra

Frostbite and hypothermia are two winter conditions that can cause a lot of damage. Some simple advice can help prevent these emergencies, according to Centegra Health System experts. It's most important to stay dry, warm and to keep moving. Wear a hat. At least 50 percent of body heat escapes through read more

Blog: Seven questions to ask your doctor about your heart health

7 of Hearts

Stay ahead of heart disease by talking to your doctor about your heart health. By having open conversations with your doctor, you will become an active part of your health care team. To make it easier to start the conversation, ask a trusted friend or family member to go to your read more