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Desert HealthChasing Your Athletic Dreams

Jennifer DiFrancesco

In the recent London Olympics, we observed many examples of excellence in individuals from around the world devoting their entire lives to an athletic goal. These acclaimed athletes are a great inspiration for us all. We don’t need to be categorized as athletes in our day-to-day lives to have athletic Read more…

Desert HealthJuly/August 2012

Motivation and Movement

I was unaware of the prevalence of arthritis in this country until I started researching our lead feature. 50% of Americans over 65. That’s 1 in 2. It’s you or your spouse. Your Mom or your Dad. I have to admit that part of the inspiration for this topic was Read more…

Desert HealthRising to the Humana Challenge!

Rising to the Humana Challenge

The Directors of the Desert Healthcare District and Desert Healthcare Foundation approved two grant awards for a total of $1,279,851 to HealthCorps, Inc. and Clinton’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation to support health education efforts to reduce childhood obesity and help our local children live longer and healthier lives. Following Read more…

Desert HealthDiversity is Key to Desert Summer Fitness

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Many of us get stuck in a rut when it comes to fitness routines. This is especially true in summer; a time when it seems hard to push the body physically in a high temperature climate. Keeping physically fit has everything to do with surprising the body! If boredom sets Read more…

Desert HealthTreatment Options for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is a chronic disorder that gradually progresses over time. According to a study by the American College of Rheumatology, 70% of the population over the age of 70 show x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis. In the knee, the symptoms of osteoarthritis may Read more…

Desert HealthDesert Oasis Healthcare Takes on the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

Rosalina Navarro

Implementing a company-wide wellness campaign is no easy task, but Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) has taken on the Coachella Valley Health Collaborative’s Healthy Lifestyle Challenge and employees are reaping the rewards. “DOHC employees were eager for the Challenge to begin so they could start logging step counts and their physical Read more…

Desert HealthMay/June 2012

Lauren Del Sorto

We’ve danced through yet another magnificent season. Why is it that the season seems to pass more quickly each year? They say that happens with age. I wonder if time will pass more slowly when our life expectancy reaches 150… I’d like to think so. And if Dr. Bill Andrews Read more…

Desert HealthHumana Challenge Nominated For ‘Sports Event of the Year’ And Local Charities Reap the Rewards!

84 million steps from players, fans, and the public resulted in a $500,000 donation to local charitable organizations by Humana.

In the company of Super Bowl XLVI (New England vs. the New York Giants) and the 2011 NBA Finals (Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat), the 2012 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation was nominated for Sports Event of the Year by respected industry publications SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Read more…

Desert HealthSoak in the Effects of Aloe Vera

Jennifer DiFrancesco

The desert summer is upon us. Our skin dries out and is more susceptible to the ravages of heat and sun. This means extra precaution needs to be taken to treat the skin in caring ways. The most readily-available natural remedy we have at our fingertips (because it grows abundantly Read more…

Desert HealthValley School Districts Compete in the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

The Coachella Valley Health collaborative kicked off its 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in early January. Currently, over 1,600 Coachella Valley residents are participating in the challenge, including our valley school districts who have challenged each other for the top spot. The spirited, good-natured challenge is lead by school board members, Read more…

Desert HealthDiscovering Your Genius

At some point in life, every person wonders what it would be like to be a genius–to have an intellectual capacity beyond compare. When we say “genius,” the great cultural icon for towering intellect, Albert Einstein, comes to mind. Did you know that Einstein, whose e=mc2 changed the way we Read more…

Desert HealthDesert Healthcare District Supports Programs of the Coachella Valley branch of the Arthritis Foundation

Grant Will Allow Residents with Arthritis to Participate in Free Life Improvement Exercise Programs The Directors of the Desert Healthcare District approved a grant award of $87,000 to the Arthritis Foundation to support the Life Improvement Series Programs (LIS). The LIS Programs consist of warm water exercise; classroom exercise; Tai Read more…

Desert HealthMarch/April 2012

Taking the first step with help from trainer Laurie Cunningham and Shatze

You just have to take the first step. I have been a competitive equestrian since I was 9. I rode hunters and jumpers and would clear fences with grace, stamina and enthusiasm. In my teens, I competed internationally and my first trip to the desert was to show at HITS. Read more…

Desert HealthHealth Matters: Now It’s Up To Us

The internationally-acclaimed Clinton Foundation chose the Coachella Valley for their annual ‘Health Matters’ conference bringing industry and local leaders together to discuss our country’s health crisis and the need for change. The message was clear. Change starts with each and every one of us. “We hope that through the work Read more…

Desert HealthIt’s City vs. City in the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge:
Join the Team!

The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative kicked off its 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge at a nutritious breakfast event at Eisenhower Medical Center on January 11. Almost 1,000 Coachella Valley residents have already participated in the collaborative’s previous challenges and more than 1,500 people are expected to participate this year. Representing their Read more…

Desert HealthJanuary/February 2012

Happy New Year! Human beings are funny. We know that good health comes down to making the right choices. But bad habits are hard to break, and we tend to be drawn to things that are bad for us. Sometimes it’s cultural or lack of knowledge, but more often it Read more…

Desert HealthDesert Diabetes Club Launches Exercise Program

Lisa Manning

The Desert Diabetes Club has launched a weekly exercise program designed specifically for those with diabetes. The classes are held each Tuesday from 11am – 12pm at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences on the Eisenhower Medical Center campus in Rancho Mirage. Classes will be led by certified fitness instructor, Read more…

Desert HealthFree Golf Clinic for Stroke and Parkinson’s Patients

Patty Curtiss and a member of the Country Villas team

A team of valley health care professionals have come together to offer a free monthly golf clinic for stroke and Parkinson’s patients at Country Villas Rancho Mirage Healthcare Center. Patty Curtiss, golf professional, certified athletic trainer, and founder of Bounce You Back and Golf Rehab; Stacy Hennis, a physical therapist Read more…

Desert HealthWarm up Winter with Ginger Oil

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Many of us know ginger from the dollop of pinkish shaved root plant on our sushi tray sitting next to the wasabi. This root plant has a hint of lemon and a hint of pepper taste with an aroma that heightens the senses. The stem of the ginger plant has Read more…

Desert HealthThe Stroke Recovery Center, Palm Springs

Since 1999, the Board of Directors of the Desert Healthcare District (DHD) has invested over $1 million in the Stroke Recovery Center to support the development and implementation of patient programs, and promote rehabilitation services for stroke survivors. The Stroke Recovery Center offers a unique program model for stroke rehabilitation.  Read more…