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Patient Education

Websites for further review

The DASH diet

The DASH diet, or Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension, is a proven method to lower blood pressure with individuals with a diagnosis of hypertension.  Hypertension means high blood pressure.  Not only does the DASH diet work along with medications, but it can also prevent osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  The diet focuses on increasing whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy products. According to health experts at the NHLBI (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute), the DASH diet was voted as the best approach to using diet to improve underlying high blood pressure.

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is not the easiest task. Experts and counselors at the Illinois Tobacco Quitline are ready to assist and guide you on your way to a healthier you. Smoking can lead to lung diseases, cancer, heart attacks, strokes, blindness, pregnancy issues and many other problems. According to the US Surgeon General, Smoking cessation [stopping smoking] represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives. To start your journey and to stay a non-smoker, and know what you are up against, the Illinois Tobacco Quitline is free and reliable source available to you.

How to Sign Up for Health Insurance

Visit or call 866-311-1119. The Macon County Health Department can also help answer questions and assist you in signing up for health care. Please call 217-423-6550 to schedule an appointment.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association website has patient centered information about symptoms, risks, and care of diabetes. This website can be the starting point for anyone diagnosed with, caring for loved ones with diabetes, or who feel they might be at risk for developing diabetes. The American Diabetic Association presents easy to read information on diet (including recipes and meal planning.), exercise goals, community support, and lifestyle changes for those with and at risk for developing diabetes.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association website is a great start for anyone wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle with its tips on health-conscious eating, getting active, stress management and much more. This website provides educational material on common health conditions like heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart failure and irregular heartbeats. Additionally, it is a resource for first aid/CPR training and coping skills for caregivers. Visit the AHA website for more information on prevention, management, warning signs and emergency response to the above mentioned cardiovascular conditions.

Hours of Operation

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Same day appointments are frequently available. Please call our office

Upcoming Clinic Closures

May 30 (Memorial Day)

June 24 1pm - 5pm (Graduation)

July 4 (Independence Day)

September 5 (Labor Day)

November 11 (Veterans' Day)

November 24 (Thanksgiving Day)

November 25 (Thanksgiving Holiday)

December 26 (Christmas Holiday)

January 2 (New Year's Holiday)

January 16 (Martin Luther King Day)

May 29 (Memorial Day )


Emergency after the clinic is closed?

The SIU on-call physician may be reached at (217) 872-3800. SIU physicians are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for our patients with an urgent medical problem. An SIU physician will return your call within 20 minutes.

If you are directed to go to the Emergency Room, please let the ER know that you are an SIU patient and to notify an SIU physician that you have arrived.



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The mission of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research, and service to the community.


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