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Publisher’s NoteHumana 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…

Publisher’s NoteSoak 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…

Publisher’s NoteValley 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…

Publisher’s NoteDiscovering 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…

Publisher’s NoteDesert 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…

Publisher’s NoteMarch/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…

Publisher’s NoteHealth 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…

Publisher’s NoteIt’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…

Publisher’s NoteJanuary/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…

Publisher’s NoteDesert 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…

Publisher’s NoteFree 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…

Publisher’s NoteWarm 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…

Publisher’s NoteThe 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…

Publisher’s NoteNovember/December 2011

Lauren and Dakota

This 6th edition of Desert Health marks the culmination of our first year in publication. We could not have gotten here without the continued support and contributions of the many health care companies, professionals, contributing writers and community groups featured within our pages. I am truly grateful to all of Read more…

Publisher’s NoteAncient Healing Practices

Jennifer DiFrancesco

Many answers we seek to feel vibrant and take care of our health and wellness, exist as natural remedies dating back 5,000 years. There is a science of self-understanding that originated in India called Ayurveda, translating from Sanskrit to mean “Science of Life.” It is a system of empowerment that Read more…

Publisher’s NoteAvoiding Falls Through Fitness

One third of people over the age of 65 take a fall every year. 74 percent of those who fall obtain injuries that require medical attention. Many of these falls, and the life altering consequences that ensue, can be avoided. In the spirit of National Fall Prevention Awareness Day (always Read more…

Publisher’s NoteSeptember/October 2011

Lauren Del Sarto

As we near the end of a mild summer and celebrate the upcoming season, let’s each take a look at how our lifestyle affects our physical well-being. I have to admit that lately, my workout routine has given way to a busy schedule. After hearing “take a deep breath” from Read more…

Publisher’s NoteDon’t Forget to Breathe. Really Breathe.

As you read this article, take a deep breath in through your nose. Deeper. Now let it out through your mouth in one long breath. Empty to the bottom of your lungs. As you complete this conscious breath, do you feel yourself start to smile? Does a feeling of satisfaction Read more…

Publisher’s NoteSummer Skin Renewal

Jennifer DiFrancesco

This year I had my 39th birthday, and I was feeling the ravages of time in ways such as superficial lines and sun damage. I have been mindful of sun exposure, yet am physically active and enjoy an outdoor desert activity. The early sun exposure, when I was younger and Read more…

Publisher’s NoteUse It or Lose It: How to Maintain Your Brain

Local Experts Offer Tips on Preventing Memory Loss Eisenhower Indian Wells Healthy Living Resource Center is pleased to present Use It or Lose It: How to Maintain Your Brain, a free lecture on Tuesday, October 18th at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center. Over 300 people Read more…