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Blog: Cook it up with plant-based oils


Plant based oils often have larger amounts of healthy fats in the form of monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated (PUFA) fatty acids. Like all fats these should be consumed in moderation, however the MUFAs and PUFAs can have significant benefits when they are used to replace saturated fats. Swapping fats may read more

Blog: Colon cancer symptoms

Colon symptoms

Colon cancer does not usually cause symptoms in its earliest, most treatable stages. Centegra Health System recommends a person receives a colonoscopy at least once every 10 years starting at age 50. To find an internal medicine doctor or family practitioner who will discuss your health history and recommend screenings read more

Blog: McHenry County’s health ranked in state’s top 15 counties

healthy community

McHenry County continues to have some of the healthiest residents in Illinois, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released  by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report is available online at The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county read more

Blog: Do you know where your produce is from?


PLU (price look up) numbers are placed on produce to make pricing and check out easier and more convenient at grocery stores. These codes can actually help consumers determine where food comes from. The International Federation for Produce Standards maintains the five-digit codes that identify where the product is grown, size read more

Blog: Centegra recognizes brain injury awareness month

Traumatic brain injury

March marks Brain Injury Awareness Month and Centegra Health System is committed to raising awareness about traumatic brain injuries (TBI). A traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44. Brain injuries are most often caused by automobile crashes or read more

Blog: Family meals do more than put food on the table

family meal

During National Nutrition Month, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spotlights Benefits of Cooking, Eating as a Family Make mealtime a family time. If you can get together for meals even a few times a week, family meals mean healthier eating – and more. For National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition read more

Blog: Is a new look to food labels on the horizon?

food label

The last time the nutrition panel information on a food product got a facelift was 1994. Today, 20 years later, the FDA has made a proposal for a change in the nutrition panel. Some of these changes include: More emphasis on calories by highlighting calories per serving  Breakdown of sugar content to read more

Blog: Risk factors for colon cancer


Being older than 50 years increases your chance of colon cancer. Other factors that may increase your risk include: Personal history of colon or rectal cancer or polyps Family history of colon or rectal cancer, especially a parent, sibling or child History of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease Obesity Smoking Diets high in meat and low read more

Blog: Welcome spring by coloring your plate

colorful food

Eat away those winter blues by filling your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables. Not only are they a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, they also will provide your body with powerful antioxidants. It is important to eat a variety of colors, since, there is often a different read more