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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

Blog: Influenza Visitor Restrictions


Because of the significant rise in cases of influenza and flu-related illness in our community, Centegra is implementing the Influenza Visitor Restriction Policy to protect our patients and visitors. Hospital visiting hours will continue to be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Effective Tuesday, Dec. 9, the policy: Restricts people who read more

Blog: 37th Great American Smokeout

CT Lung Physician & Chart

In the year since Centegra began to offer free low-dose CT lung screenings, more than 850 community members have taken advantage of the opportunity to learn more about their lung and cardiovascular health. Today Centegra Health System joins the American Cancer Society to celebrate the 37th Great American Smokeout. Smokers are encouraged to make read more

Blog: Get ready for open enrollment in less than 10 minutes


It’s time to #GetCovered! Health insurance open enrollment is coming Nov. 15 and now is the time to get prepared. It can be a confusing process for millennials, but Centegra Health System makes it easy. You’ll need: Social Security Number. Hopefully you have this memorized or written in a safe location. read more

Blog: Ebola Preparedness at Centegra Health System


Centegra Health System has worked with the McHenry County Department of Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health to prepare for the unlikely possibility that a person with Ebola would arrive at one of our facilities. We have closely followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines read more

Blog: Depression screening is the first step toward wellness


Everyone has felt sadness at some point in their lives.  Depression, however, is a clinical condition that affects an estimated 19 million Americans each year.  It is one of the most common mental illnesses yet continues to be swept under the table, not spoken about, stigmatized and ignored.  Depression can read more