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January/February 2013

Integrated PracticesValley Chosen as Model for Improving Health: Clinton Health Matters Initiative Starts Here

Answering the call for a healthier America, the Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Health Matters Initiative aimed at improving the well-being of our nation’s population and reducing health care costs associated with preventable disease. And they are doing it one community and one person, at a time. The Coachella Valley Read more…

Through the GenerationsBe The Change You Seek

Student Group

As a student at College of The Desert, I notice a lack of healthy food on campus. It is a struggle to find healthy food that will support my mind and body throughout ten-hour school days. After speaking with students and administration, I realized that I was not alone in Read more…

Through the GenerationsStudents Prepare to Help in Medical Emergencies

Senior students in Cathedral City High School’s HEAL program have been putting their academic and career-technical skills to good use  this year, providing significant medical support for their school.  As 11th graders, HEAL students completed ROP Medical Terminology and First Responder courses, as well as CPR/AED & First Aid certifications Read more…

FitnessGolf Injuries: Why They Happen And How to Fix Them

Kinetix

Golf is a billion dollar industry. It is the fastest growing sport with very expensive equipment. The average golfer will practice or play 4 days a week, and spend several hours watching golf shows, videos and reading books to hit the ball a few extra yards. To further enhance their Read more…

FitnessJoin the 2013 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative kicks off its 2013 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in January. Nearly 2,000 Coachella Valley residents participated in the collaborative’s 2012 Challenge recording more than 500 million steps (or 242,000 miles!). Participation doubled from the year before and is expected to increase significantly in the Challenge’s third Read more…

FitnessFitness – Age Is No Excuse!

In our 20’s and 30’s, health and fitness are a priority. As we get into our 50’s, it often becomes less of a priority. This is a major issue facing society today. Healthy lifestyle and fitness is crucial to maintaining muscular and skeletal systems. Staying fit has been shown to Read more…

Through the GenerationsMoving is Emotional, Especially for Seniors

Today has been a tough one, emotionally, for Ann, age 83. The earlier downsizing decisions involving baskets and plates have given way to a far more intense one – what to do with her grandmother’s cedar chest. Ann’s 57 year-old daughter, Wendy, patiently helps her navigate these murky emotional waters Read more…

Through the GenerationsPower of Attorney Can Bring Peace of Mind

Knowing that you will be taken care of in the event that you aren’t able to make daily decisions for yourself can help bring peace of mind as you grow older. While it is difficult to imagine being in that position, it is important to prepare by having a “power Read more…

Through the GenerationsFamily Caregivers Need Care Too

Are you one of the 65 million family caregivers in the United States? A recent study released by Elissa S. Epel, Dept of Psychiatry at the University of California reports that this often stressful situation can take up to 10 years off a caretaker’s life. Let me tell you about Read more…

Desert EventsLiving With Diabetes In a Positive Way at Day of Hope for Diabetes®

The 18th annual Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes® will take place Saturday, March 2 at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. This year’s Day of Hope® theme is “Living with Diabetes in a Positive Way.” This free event is being presented by Read more…

Desert EventsHealthy Fun at The Humana Challenge!

Humana

The 2013 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation will take place January 12-20 with a week of festivities and a continued focus on health and well-being. This year’s event will be even bigger and better, living up to their title of Sports Event of the Year for 2012 Read more…

Desert EventsWear Red for Ladies’ Day Out!

Join the American Heart Association on Friday, February 8 for the 6th Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. This year’s Luncheon features health expos, educational sessions, a “red handbag” silent auction, and a special fashion show by our local Read more…

Desert Events“Feeding the Dream,” a Wellness Event for the Whole Family

Indian Wells Chamber of Commerce

The Indian Wells Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend “Feeding the Dream,” an exciting health and wellness event designed to benefit the Healthy Family Foundation. “Feeding the Dream” is composed of two events: a fun-filled health fair for the whole family and a formal dinner. The health fair Read more…

Health & BeautySucceeding at Weight Loss

With the New Year upon us, many have started their weight loss program with enthusiasm and full intention.  Psychology Today reports that studies show while the first two weeks are usually encouraging, by February people start sliding back in to sedentary habits… and by the following December, most of us Read more…

Financial HealthNew Year’s Resolution: Put Your Finances in Order!

Financial Freedom Road Sign

If you’re serious about pursuing your financial goals, first get your finances in order. Here are a few simple steps to keep you on track: Get organized.  Make time to understand your basic financial facts—how much your net worth increased during the past year, how you are spending your income, Read more…

Financial HealthIt’s That Time of Year! A Look at Tax Preparation Options

Ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about filing your 2012 taxes.  By choosing the best tax preparation option for your situation, you can prevent major headaches and stress on April 15th. You have several options in filing your taxes. You can file taxes yourself, use a national tax 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…