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Financial HealthHow to Talk to Your Kids About The “S” Word…SAVINGS!

Teaching Kids How to Save

It’s back to school time again and excitement is in the air for students and parents. Whether the kids are starting kindergarten, heading off to college, or somewhere in between, for many of us, this means long lists of school supplies, new clothes, new backpacks, and a drained wallet.  Nevertheless, Read more…

Financial HealthVoluntourism: Can Your Non-profit Benefit?

Volunteers at Martha’s Village

Voluntourism, or traveling to a destination to contribute your time and skills to the local community, is one of the fastest growing travel trends globally. The grassroots effort started in the 1990s and is now a bucket list item for travelers of all ages. A 2008 study estimated that 1.6 Read more…

Financial HealthMy Friend “Charity”

I have a close friend, Charity. I like Charity. She’s one of those friends who always makes you feel good about yourself. Unfortunately, as with most friends, finding time to spend together presents challenges. We are busy with work, family, and other commitments. Sometimes, months go by without ever connecting. Read more…

Financial HealthBusinesses Honored For Workplace Wellness

In June, HARC hosted the 4th Annual Coachella Valley Workplace Wellness Awards recognizing local businesses that prioritize employee health and wellness. The event took place at the Classic Club in Palm Desert and brought together a variety of organizations which recognize that having a healthy workforce is key to a Read more…

Financial HealthBuying a Home: Lessons from Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time there were 3 little pigs that wanted to buy a house. Each of them had their own ideas on where they wanted to live so they each went off to find a home. House of Straw. The first little pig met with a lender and to Read more…

Financial HealthSummiting the Markets

A few years back I took on the challenge to hike and summit Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in California at 14, 505 feet. For weeks I hiked, ran, and did whatever I thought was necessary to physically prepare for the event–not to mention practicing carrying a 35-pound backpack with Read more…

Financial HealthVaastu Architecture

In ancient India, thousands of years ago, temples and houses were often constructed using very specific building codes written in texts called Vaastu Shastras. This code was a combination of strict rules governing mathematics, proportion and geometry on how a structure must be built. When a building is designed using Read more…

Financial HealthThe Game of Golf “FORE” Savings

Learning how to play the game of golf can be very challenging. The terminology alone is a hurdle in itself: bogey, eagle, mulligan, shank, fried egg! Seriously, was this originally an initiation into a secret society? Nonetheless, those who play are passionate about the game. Understandably so. You spend a Read more…

Financial HealthThe Tortoise and the Hare

Remember the famous fable The Hare and the Tortoise? Spoiler Alert: The tortoise ends ups winning the race. That story always comes to mind when speaking with individuals about saving for retirement. The tortoise looked at the race as a marathon – maintained a steady pace, kept his eye on Read more…

Financial HealthIncrease Your Networking IQ

Have you ever felt stressed at the thought of attending networking events, conferences and even holiday parties? Understanding networking fundamentals can help ease the discomfort and make you become a better networker. Show Up. As Woody Allen says, “80% of success is showing up” and that certainly applies to networking. Read more…

Financial HealthFinancial Fitness

As we fall into a new season, staying focused on wellness may fade away with the summer tide. Whether we spent the first part of the year working towards that summer body or a desired fitness goal, we tend to lose focus during the fall and winter months. Year after Read more…

Financial HealthFive Tips for Mindful Medicare Enrollment

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, also known as Open Enrollment, is a time for Medicare enrollees to review their current insurance and change to a better Medicare plan. With a multitude of Medicare plans available, Annual Enrollment Period may seem more confusing and overwhelming than liberating. Here are my top five Read more…

Financial HealthCreating a Workplace Wellness Program

Desert Oasis Healthcare, two-time winners at HARC’s Workplace Wellness Awards, shared their company’s success with attendees at this year’s event in June. We asked them to also share with Desert Health readers in an effort to inspire other valley businesses to follow suit. Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) serves the residents Read more…

Financial HealthIs a Reverse Mortgage Loan Right for My Mom?

A reader asks: My Mom is in her late seventies and lives on a very limited budget. I would like to see her have a more comfortable retirement and more money now to do the things she loves. She owns her home which I don’t care to inherit. Her concern Read more…

Financial HealthCreating Health in Our Community

This past fall, the United Way was busy encouraging healthy activities among businesses, organizations and individuals across our valley. Three grass roots programs, the 9 Weekly Walks, the Wellable Workplace Wellness Challenge, and the Tram Challenge, brought together thousands and resulted in hundreds of thousands of miles of physical activity, Read more…

Financial HealthIt Is a Race towards the Finish Line of 2017!

While you may think 2017 is almost over, early November marks the middle of annual open enrollment (AEP) for Medicare, so there is still time to make a change in your Medicare plan for next year. You should have received your notice of changes from your insurance company. Like most Read more…

Financial HealthAre You Ready for the “Holidaze”?

Let’s face it, most people love autumn, especially here in the desert. The weather cools off a little bit, football is in the air, the kids are back in school, and right around the corner is holiday fun! Most of the regular holidays we enjoy such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Yom Read more…

Financial HealthHealthy Workplaces Reap Rewards

Local companies that prioritize health and wellness were recognized at the second annual Coachella Valley Workplace Wellness Awards presented by HARC, a local nonprofit that provides research and evaluation services related to health, wellness, and quality of life in the Inland Empire. “With many working adults spending the majority of Read more…

Financial HealthMedicare: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The good news is…you have made it to 65 years young. Happy Birthday! The bad news is…you will start receiving mail regarding Medicare approximately 8 months before you get to blow out the candles. Some of the mail is from the Social Security Administration; however, most of it is from Read more…

Financial HealthDo Prescription Drug Costs Have You Worried?

If you are enrolled in Medicare and your prescription drug costs are overwhelming your budget, there are some government programs available. Extra Help, also known as the Low-Income Subsidy, is a government program that may help pay for Medicare Part D prescription medication costs. Like everything in life, you will Read more…