For scheduling or information, 877-CENTEGRA

Healthier You

Kidney Stones 101

A kidney stone, also known as nephrolithiasis, is a solid piece of material that forms in the kidney. It is made from substances that normally dissolve in the urine. Each year, about 1 million people in the U.S. get kidney stones. Kidney stones are more common in whites than in blacks. read more

6 signs of prostate cancer

About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Most cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in men 65 or older, and it is rare in men younger than 40. Cancer screenings increase the likelihood of detecting prostate cancer in its read more

7 tips for packing healthy lunches kids will love

Getting your children to eat healthy is hard enough at home under your watchful eye. When your kids are in school, packing the perfect healthy lunch is only effective if your children actually eat it. Here are seven tips for packing healthy lunches your kids will love: Use a bento-style lunchbox: read more

Catcher owes on-field durability to CPC-McHenry County Orthopedics

Seven years ago, Don Gragnani had an injury that threatened to bench him for good. In 2010, the Barrington Hills man tore his rotator cuff while playing catcher for the Algonquin Bats in the Northern Illinois Men’s Baseball League. Gragnani had one question for orthopedic surgeon William Cox Jr., MD of Centegra read more

Whatever your age or gender, you can experience weight loss

Calories in, calories out. Many hear that "simple" concept for losing weight. However, Tanya Tanzillo, DNP, APRN-BC, RHC-1, Centegra Weight Loss Manager, said it's not quite that simple. "One of the most crucial things that people should know about losing weight over the decades of life is that what worked in read more

6 top farmers market finds this summer

By: Kari Gippert Summer has arrived. With it comes an abundance of fresh produce at your local farmers market. Julie Holbrook, a registered dietitian with Centegra Healthy Living Institute, shares her personal tips on the six kinds of produce she searches for when shopping at area farmers markets. Berries – This read more

Lake Zurich man gets proactive life-saving scan

Coronary CTA screening reveals 'widowmaker' blockage By: Nicole Franz Larry Stern lost a friend to a heart attack. They were the same age. Both diabetic. Their kids played baseball together. It shook the 51-year-old Lake Zurich resident and insurance agent. “His wife told me he’d had a stress test a few months before and read more

Exercise helps strengthen bones, fight osteoporosis — if done right

Your bones are always changing. Old bone is depleted and new bone is created through the process of remodeling. Most people reach their peak bone mass near age 30, and then as they age, naturally lose bone density. Osteoporosis is a bone disease where old bone is being depleted significantly faster read more

5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck

5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck

5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck One of the things many of us take for granted is a pain-free neck. It's only when we have a stiff or painful neck that we wish we had taken preventive measures. The exercises discussed below are to strengthen and stretch a normal neck. read more

CT lung screening saves lifelong smoker

Martha Kreider

Lake in the Hills 74-year-old won’t need radiation after surgery at Centegra Hospital-McHenry By: Nicole Franz Martha “Marty” Kreider had been putting off a follow-up low dose CT lung screening. The 74-year-old Lake in the Hills resident had received her first screening at Centegra Health System in the past, and when life got read more