Central Counties Health Center, Get in shape, Healthy Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Six simple tips for getting in shape after the holidays

We all know how easy it is to overindulge during the holidays. That’s why we’ve put together six simple habits that will help you feel healthier, increase your energy levels, and set you up for a great year.


Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water. Your body functions best when it’s hydrated. Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins and excess sodium (salt). It also helps ease constipation.


Eat fiber-rich foods

During the holidays it was probably more of a challenge to stick with your regular eating habits. Your intake may have included foods with high sugar content and less fiber, especially if you were eating a lot of processed foods.


Eat regularly

During the holidays it’s more challenging to stick to a schedule. You should be eating breakfast within an hour of waking up and eating every three to five hours throughout the day. Start your day with a healthy meal, not one packed with sugar. Evenly spaced meals will help regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels and level out your appetite.


Get enough sleep

It’s really important to get the right amount of sleep. If you have some catching up to do that’s ok. But also make sure you’re not oversleeping.


Plan to exercise

If your exercise plan went out of the window, it’s time to get back on track. If you’re struggling to get back to your routine there’s no harm in creating a plan. Your workout regime will depend on your health, age, diet, schedule, and goals. If the weather is preventing you from heading outdoors you could walk in the mall or follow a workout on YouTube at home.


Be kind to yourself

If your intention is to improve your overall health in 2019 don’t be too hard on yourself. Take it one step at a time. You can make big improvements to your diet by making small changes. If you’re not used to working out start slow; take a walk around the block during your lunch hour, kick a ball around the park with the grandkids, or find a beginners exercise class on YouTube. When it comes to your diet the best policy is eat a balanced one with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, not too much sugar or saturated fat, lots of fiber, and don’t forget protein.

Springfield Illinois, Taylorville Illinois

2018 was a fantastic year for Central Counties Health Centers

As 2018 comes to a close we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patients, staff, and providers for another fantastic year at Central Counties Health Centers (CCHC).

This year we served more patients than any other year prior and grew to over 100 staff members across all locations.

We celebrated one year of service at our Hope Dental Pavilion and Taylorville locations, expanded our hours in Jacksonville and at St. John’s Hospital Dental Clinic, and added pediatrics to our Taylorville and Jacksonville locations.

We implemented a Medication Assisted Treatment program to help address the opioid epidemic. We also embedded a patient navigator staff into the emergency room at St. John’s Hospital in order to create a seamless transition from ER to a CCHC medical home – as well as increasing access to other much-needed services. We successfully completed an Operational Site Visit  – indicating CCHC is in compliance with all regulations and continues to provide quality, affordable health care for our community.

We partnered with Central Illinois Foodbank to provide access to fresh produce on a regular basis at the health center to our patients. We joined forces with SIU School of Medicine Endocrinology Department to provide access to free Diabetes Education classes for CCHC patients – our next class is on Tuesday, January 15 and if you are interested in participating please call calling Vickie at 788-2381 and leave your name and number.

We also explored telehealth options, which will further increase access to health care for those in need and hosted several legislators touring the facility and learning more about CCHC over the past year.

We’re looking forward to 2019 and celebrating 20 years of service to our community.

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year from all of us at CCHC!

Taylorville Illinois

Resources Available for Taylorville Community

Whether you were affected by the tornadoes on Saturday, December 1 or you’d like to support those in the Taylorville community that need additional support here are some of the ways you can help and get help.

In addition to the below we recommend following the Christian County Severe Weather and Disaster Recovery Facebook page, which is constantly being updating with new resources.


Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC)

This is your one stop shop for assistance located at VisionWay Conference Center

1124 N Webster St, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Agencies will be there:

  • IL Department of Insurance
  • IL Department of Human Services
  • City of Taylorville
  • Red Cross
  • Lutheran Early Response Team
  • Many more agencies

For more information call 217-824-6622.


Taylorville Emergency Food Pantry at Taylorville Ministerial Association 1429 East Main Cross (behind the driver’s license facility) open Tuesday 8.30am to 10 am, Thursday 5.30pm to 7pm and Saturday 8.30 to 9.30am*

  • First responders/clean up crews – hot meals, drinks offered all day no charge
  • Items needed – diapers, wipes, baby food, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, bottled water, items that do not require cooking/heat as a lot of homes do not have a way to cook at this time.

Contact is Amy Hagen 217/820-5174, Pam Moses 217/454-6105, or visit for more information.

*If a vehicle in parking lot, knock on the door. If someone is there, they are accepting donations and giving out food, clothing.


CEFS Christian County Outreach in Taylorville

Located at 220 W. Franklin, Taylorville IL 62568. For more information call Jodi Rusher, outreach coordinator, 217/824-4712 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Applications must be completed at the office for assistance with the following:

  • Patching of roofs (not replacement)
  • Tarps
  • Electricity repairs on houses to get the electrical restored to their residence (weatherhead repairs)
  • Cleanup costs
  • Temporary lodging
  • First month’s rent/deposit (if not covered by insurance)
  • Emergency groceries
  • Clothing

Services are provided based on income. Assistance cannot be provided for construction repairs to residences or purchases of property.


Emergency shelter

Crossroads Apostolic Ministries located at 212 Jaycee Drive Taylorville, IL 62568. For more information call 217/824-5683.

The Red Cross has volunteers at the shelter – clothing assistance, food, and blankets.


Emergency monetary assistance for food, clothing, medicine, and school supplies

Contact Lt. Scott Woods with the Christian County Sheriff’s Department on 217/824-4961.


Free storage from U-Haul

30 Days free self-storage UBox Containers

Contact UHaul Moving and Storage:







Central IL Public Transit – call 855-755-2478


Free debris, tree removal, and tarp services

Please contact Rubicon or IL Southern Baptist Disaster Relief at 217/824-3100 or 618/499-2215 stationed at Christian County Fairgrounds or Lutheran Disaster Response Team (LERT) at 217-220-0162 to file work order – located at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 N. Webster St. They are credentialed through IEMA and recognized by FEMA.


Free tree service

Contact Mike Stanley at 217/358-8794if you do not have insurance or the means to take care of it.


Red Cross – CALL 844-319-6560

Stationed at the Taylorville Fire Department providing sheltering, meals and other services free to those affected.


KROGER – boxes available FREE at 201 E Bidwell St or call 217/824-2911


Warming Center  – hot coffee, chocolate, and water

Taylorville Care Center, 600 S Houston St, Taylorville

  • Open to area residents and volunteers for a free cup of hot coffee, hot chocolate and water is available.
  • Public Restrooms available
  • To warm up


Christian County Animal Control

  • Taking in any animals displaced by the tornado
  • Asking for donations of blankets, towels, old pillows, fabric for beds, paper towels, cleaning supplies like Lysol wipes and disinfectants, cat or dog supplies including cages
  • Need foster assistance for dogs and cats

Christian County Animal Control is located at 300 S. Baughman Rd, Taylorville. Call 217/824-5433 for more information.


Christian County YMCA – warming center, showers, and charge devices

Doors open to anyone in the area, members or non-members that need a warm place

  • Showers available
  • Charge your electronic devices
  • Open normal business hours


Cell Tech Solutions at 105 E Market, Taylorville

  • Charge your phones
  • Coffee, cookies, relax


Autozone at 203 E Bidwell, Taylorville

  • Free case of water for anyone needing it


Palomino Club/Tina Blazier – Christmas donation at 1101 N Webster, 217/287-7262

  • Accepting donations of toys, hats, coats, gloves, monetary donations to assist is providing Christmas to children of families affected


Taylorville VFW Riders – Toys for Tots  at 515 N. West Avenue, Taylorville


  • Bring unwrapped toys to the Taylorville VFW


Monetary donations can be sent to the following agencies:

Missions for Taylorville, C/O City Hall 115 N. Main Taylorville, IL 62568 or account is setup through US Bank – Taylorville.

5K Run, Fundraiser, Movember, Springfield Illinois, Turkey Trot, Uncategorized

Are you moving for Movember?

Around the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which also means we can take action to live happier, healthier and longer lives. November is Movember a movement started by two friends in Australia in 2003. By 2007 the movement had reached the US and now more than 5 million men across the world are growing mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues. As well as growing a mustache you can commit to running or walking 60 miles during November – that’s 60 miles for the 60 men lost to suicide every hour. And better yet, you can achieve some of those miles during our 5k Turkey Trot in Washington Park on Saturday, November 17 – so make sure you sign up!


We also understand it can be difficult to keep track of your health so here are five things to know and do:


Make man time

Stay connected. Your friends are important and spending time with them is good for you.


Have open conversations

Being there for someone, listening, and giving your time can be lifesaving.


Know your numbers

Talk to your doctor about prostate cancer at 50 and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are African American or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should have a conversation with your doctor at 45.


Know your body

Get to know what’s normal for you. Check yourself regularly and see a doctor if something doesn’t feel right.



Add more activity to your day; walk to a meeting, skip the elevator and take the stairs, or cycle to work instead of driving.


For more information about Movember, the positive impact it’s having, and how to get involved visit:

Hiring, Springfield Illinois

We are recruiting!

Central Counties Health Centers has a number of positions currently open that we are looking to fill. These include:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Licensed Practical Nurse

  • Certified Medical Assistant


Central Counties Health Centers provides primary and preventative medical and dental services to more than 16,000 residents of Central Illinois each year with locations in Springfield, Jacksonville, and Taylorville. As well as our own locations, we provide services at the Family Guidance Center, Salvation Army, and Helping Hands in Springfield.


We are also seeking an executive assistant in Springfield. The successful candidate will perform a variety of highly responsible, confidential, and complex secretarial and administrative duties for the CEO and senior executives. He or she will act as a liaison between Central Counties Health Centers, outside agencies, the general public, and staff; attend board and senior management team meetings, prepare minutes and reports for the CEO, and maintain sensitive and confidential information. Deadline November 9.


For more information or to submit your resume email

5K Run, Fundraiser, Springfield Illinois, Turkey Trot

Have you registered for our 5k Turkey Trot in November?

Our annual 5k Turkey Trot takes place on Saturday, November 17 in Washington Park.

The event is aimed at all levels whether you’re a serious runner or taking part in a 5k for the first time, we’d love to have you join us. Families and dogs are welcome.

The Turkey Trot launched in 2012 and since then has raised thousands of dollars for the Springfield community. Funds raised this year will benefit Central Counties Health Centers patient and community programs. If you are unable to participate but your company would like to sponsor the event please contact Melinda Rodgers on 219-788-2310 or email

In the past, we’ve had more than 200 runners and walkers take part and we would love for even more to cross the finish line this November.

Registration is $20 for ages 13-plus, $10 ages three to 12, and free to ages two and under. Online registration closes at 11.59 pm on Thursday, November 15.

To register for our 5k visit

You can also register in person on the day. Registration is from 9am at the Playground Pavilion. The 5k will start at 10am.

Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast self exam, Springfield Illinois

Breast cancer and early detection through self-examination

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.

While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your doctor if there are any changes.


How should a breast self-exam be performed?


1) In the shower

Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps checked by your doctor.

2) In front of a mirror

Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the shape, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

3) Lying down

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

If you find a lump, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don’t panic – eight out of 10 lumps are not cancerous. For additional peace of mind, call your doctor whenever you have concerns.