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Publisher’s NoteDon’t you love this time of year?

The heat has subsided, friends start to return, and the buzz of season begins. We are so lucky to call this gorgeous place home. While our picturesque landscapes are shared with the world through fashion commercials, and our colorful resort lifestyle is envied by those spending winters indoors, we shuffle Read more…

Publisher’s NoteHow Was Your Summer?

We hope you made some time to recharge your batteries and create lifelong memories. Tom and I had a fun-filled summer that included a first-time trip to British Columbia. We were enthralled by Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria and the little beach town of Tofino, and brought back a new appreciation for Read more…

Publisher’s NoteThe Picture of Health

I feel certain that it won’t be long before integrative medicine becomes standard care. Impressive progress has been made in the last five years: doctors can now get board certifications in Integrative, Holistic and/or Functional Medicine; clinicians and hospitals are becoming more accepting of what used to be called alternative Read more…

Publisher’s NoteWe are so Excited!

We are so excited! The Desert Health® Wellness Awards are finally here. We hope you will join us in celebrating those nominated by their peers and supporters for their contributions in moving health and wellness forward in our community. Everyone is welcome to attend the festive event, and the Official Read more…

Publisher’s NoteYes We Can!

When you read about the movement towards wellness, you may regard those taking part as an elite group. But they aren’t. They are individuals just like you and me who see the effects of diabetes, cancer, AIDS, and other chronic diseases and want to see change. Those involved have a Read more…

Publisher’s NoteWorking Toward Wellness

What a wonderful year this has been so far! We are lucky to live in this incredible community with so many opportunities to grow and learn, and with such a focus on living – and being – well. Did you attend the Eisenhower Wellness Speaker Series lectures by Dr. Davis Read more…

Publisher’s NoteSo Much to Celebrate!

The New Year brings time for reflection, appreciation, intention and change. This issue is bursting with all of the above and we hope you find much inspiration on our pages. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we reflect on our growth and the concentrated focus on wellness throughout the Coachella Read more…

Publisher’s Note‘Tis the Season of Traditions

On a recent trip back east to Lancaster, PA, I excitedly embraced the chill in the air, the changing leaves and a landscape rich in tradition. Originally from the east coast, I often miss the history and nostalgia of this region as life in the Desert is so very different. Read more…

Publisher’s NotePromoting Health & Wellness

Excitement is growing for the First Annual Desert Health® Wellness Awards! Designed to enhance the focus on health and wellness in our community, the event will recognize those who are making a difference, and inspire others to take action. Approved nominees will be recognized in the issues of Desert Health® Read more…

Publisher’s NoteAlone We Can Do So Little; Together We Can Do So Much

This powerful quote by Helen Keller will forever stand the test of time. When we work together on a common goal, we can achieve things beyond our greatest imagination. This is especially true if our intentions are real, and the purpose is for the greater good. We were so honored Read more…

Publisher’s NoteFeeling Grateful

When amazing things come together with great ease, you know they were meant to be. And with awareness, you become overwhelmed with gratitude. A year ago, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Terry Wahls and to hear her incredible story. I knew we had to feature her in Desert Read more…

Publisher’s NoteWe 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…

Publisher’s NoteHappy 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…

Publisher’s NoteWe 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…

Publisher’s NoteLet’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…

Publisher’s NoteWorking 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…

Publisher’s NoteDesert 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…

Publisher’s NoteStart 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…

Publisher’s NoteMy ‘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…

Publisher’s NoteGrant 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…