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Desert HealthWe Are All in This Together

What an honor to interview Mariel Hemingway. Her tragic family history is an American legacy, yet she is a beacon of hope for many affected by mental illness. This topic was a key focus at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Conference in January, and we are delighted to open the Read more…

Desert HealthHappy New Year!

This year, let’s all take an active role in our own health care. Let’s educate ourselves and work with health care professionals who embrace ‘whole person care.’ We are fortunate to live in a community with an abundance of medical professionals, hospitals and natural health care practitioners who understand that Read more…

Desert HealthWe Are Blessed

Look where we are…one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our blue skies, stunning mountains, warm winter sun, and brisk morning air make our Valley one of the best places to spend your holidays, or to call home. And it appears that more and more people are calling the Read more…

Desert HealthLet’s Set Some New Goals

Don’t you love setting goals? Goals give you purpose, and purpose enriches your life. On my list of “things to do at 40” (which I still carry with me), is ‘practice yoga on a regular basis.’ I had practiced it off and on over the past 20 years and knew Read more…

Desert HealthWorking Together for a Greater Good

We are very excited about our new Expert Advice videos launching on DesertHealthNews.com in early July. Our local practitioners are getting in front of the camera to offer advice on a variety of subjects from Traumatic Brain Injury to Acupuncture. Many of us (including me!) were reserved about taking the Read more…

Desert HealthDesert Health® Honored with Official Pledge Maker Seal

Desert Health® was recently honored with the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) Official Pledge Maker Seal for their efforts to increase the number of doctors and practitioners volunteering at Coachella Valley’s Volunteers in Medicine (CVVIM). The Desert Health® pledge supports the CHMI goal of increasing access to health Read more…

Desert HealthStart at Cactus and Reach for the Clouds

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

Each day I look at our beautiful San Jacinto Mountains and feel an emotional response. I feel awe, appreciation, and personal gratitude for my annual honor of climbing to the top of this grand mountain. It is noteworthy that this hike – to the tram from the base of the Read more…

Desert HealthMy ‘In the Moment’ Wonder

Last month I said good-bye to my dear friend, Dakota. He was a cherished member of our family for 10 years and we shared a very special bond. He was a strong-willed boy and it took years to gain his trust and respect, but once we crossed that bridge, he Read more…

Desert HealthGrant Supports Expansion of Angel View’s Day Program

Desert Healthcare District offices

The Directors of the Desert Healthcare District approved a grant award of $201,440 to Angel View, Inc. that will increase enrollment capacity in their Day Program from 45 clients to 75. Funding from the District enables Angel View to cover operating losses that the organization will incur when they increase Read more…

Desert HealthMarch/April 2013: Creating a Healthier Community

In one of our earlier issues, I wrote a piece on Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, the Valley’s only free medical clinic. VIM is a national organization and our local chapter opened in 2010. I interviewed founding members Ron Hare, MD, and Roy Pitkin, MD, both retired physicians who after Read more…

Desert HealthConnecting As a Couple

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you and your partner make it a special day? Why is it that we need a designated day to celebrate our love for one another? The tradition is not a new one although much of the meaning has changed. In early Roman times, the Read more…

Desert HealthSisters Launch Valley’s First Red Cross Club at LQ High School

La Quinta students Ashley-Anne and Savie Hobbins come from a family with deep roots tied to the American Red Cross (ARC) – six generations and over one hundred years – starting with their great, great, great grandmother who established the first ARC chapter in the Midwest in 1909. So it Read more…

Desert HealthEnhancing Hospitality with Healthier Employees

At the Clinton Health Matters conference in January, Ryan Sistare of HEI Hotels & Resorts presented his company’s employee health and wellness program. Desert Health is pleased to share his story to serve as an inspiration for the Coachella Valley’s large hospitality industry. HEI Hotels & Resorts is a privately Read more…

Desert HealthJanuary/February 2013: How Lucky Are We?

Of all the regions across America, the Coachella Valley was chosen for the launch of the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative. What does this mean to our community? This means there will be a heightened awareness and action to improve health within our schools, our government, our social circles, our Read more…

Desert HealthSimply Meditate

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Sometimes the simplest task is the hardest. In the case of meditation this is true for many. Meditation is simply defined as the ‘cessation of fluctuations of the mind.’ There is enough statistical research supporting this, and we should all be taking time in our day to have uninterrupted quiet Read more…

Desert HealthQueen of Nutrition Chef, Dipika Patel & Health and Nutrition Coach, Cindy Karls

Queen of Nutrition Chef, Dipika Patel & Health and Nutrition Coach, Cindy Karls

In November, Lauren and her mom Doris attended our Holistic, Happy & Healthy Cooking class at Kitchen Kitchen in Indian Wells. Impressed with the dinner created, she asked that we share the recipe with Desert Health® readers. When thinking of a ‘healthy’ meal, red meat and coconut rice are not Read more…

Desert HealthIf Kent State Calls, Please Answer…Your Community is Counting on You!

If you receive a call from Kent State University conducting a survey, it is your chance to help HARC (Health Assessment Resource Center) collect data for its third Coachella Valley health needs assessment. This translates into much needed funding for local non-profit services and health care providers who work with Read more…

Desert HealthHappy Holidays from Desert Health®

Dakota Christmas

The season is here and with it comes new and eventful change.  We talk about change a lot in this issue – positive change that is making a difference. We introduce you to three women contributing to the improved health of our Valley schools, and the benefits that UCR’s new Read more…

Desert HealthThe Intuition of Fall…In Nature and in Each of Us

Jennifer DiFrancesco

I just returned from Park City, Utah. As a desert native, I’ve never fully witnessed the changing of the seasons. There is something profound that takes place when one is able to look at a valley of aspen trees transforming their green palette of leaves into the vivid autumn colors Read more…

Desert HealthFinding a Cause to Make a Difference

Jayne Robertson

Jayne Robertson was looking for a cause. She has been a yoga teacher and health educator for over 30 years and was searching for something tied to the yoga world. In February of this year, she heard about Off the Mat, Into The World, a non-profit organization created by yoga Read more…