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Empower Your Kids From an Early Age

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By learning how the family works together to take care of a home and one another, children gradually develop compassion, discipline and self-esteem. According to The Center for Parenting Education, children who learn responsibility through chores are better equipped to deal with frustrations or setbacks and are more likely to read more

Blog: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Rather than wasting the seeds from your jack-o-lantern or pie-making pumpkin, put them to good use as a tasty, on-the-go snack. INGREDIENTS *1 1/2 cups raw, whole pumpkin seeds *2 teaspoons butter, melted *Pinch of salt Preheat oven to 300 F. Rinse pumpkin seeds under running water to remove any pulp and lay out on read more

Blog: Manage Your Blood Sugars to Enjoy the Sweet Life

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Diabetes is a disease that affects how a person’s body uses blood sugar or glucose. The body relies on glucose to obtain energy to function properly. But not everyone’s body manages the process well. Usually, the stomach changes food into glucose and from there glucose enters the bloodstream. At the same read more

Blog: Change a Life and Ask, Are You OK?


People are becoming increasingly aware that even those who appear strong, “together” or even happy on the outside may be hurting on the inside. Nationally, the suicide rate of middle-aged men has increased 27 percent since 1999 and the data from the McHenry County Coroner’s Office reflects this alarming trend. While read more

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 American Cancer Society have partnered together to bring you an effective program that read more

Blog: Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcer

The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers: Annual foot examinations by a health care provider Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses Choose supportive, proper read more

Peripheral Arterial Disease and Wound Care

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked, known as atherosclerosis. There are many possible side effects of atherosclerosis. Chest pain and heart attack if the coronary arteries are involved. Stroke read more

Blog: Preparing for a Power Outage

Power outages, or blackouts, can happen anywhere and to anyone, so being prepared is important. The Department of Homeland Security offers these tips during a power outage:  Use only flashlights for emergency lighting. NEVER use candles during a power outage or power outage due to extreme risk of fire. Keep refrigerator and freezer read more

Blog: Be the Voice – National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month

I recently was browsing through the channels on television and came across a celebrity glorifying the use of marijuana. This particular celebrity openly admitted to using marijuana and laughing at the subsequent effects of the drug. In a nation where many teens already believe the use of marijuana to be read more