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March/April 2014

Integrated PracticesHealth Care Professionals Join Forces

On April 3-6 the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio will be transformed into a temporary mash unit providing much needed medical care for members of our community. Over the four-day event, dubbed the Coachella Valley Expedition, more than 500 health care professionals, along with 700 supporting individuals, will volunteer their Read more…

FitnessAdvanced Rehabilitation After Back Surgery

When it comes to back surgery, you often hear stories of those who successfully recover and then others who never do. Certainly the type of surgery is a consideration; however, post-surgery rehabilitation is a key factor to regaining maximum potential after any type of back surgery. I’d like to share Read more…

FitnessTake on the Challenge TODAY!

The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative (CVHC) kicks off its 2014 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge March 1 with an upgraded app, and new City vs. City challenges already in place. Groups and individuals are encouraged to sign up at any time! In an effort to increase the ease of use, this year’s Read more…

Fresh CuisineGrab-N-Go Healthy

When you think ‘convenient, fast food to go’ images that come to mind include hamburgers, sandwiches and burritos. Healthy fare is hard to picture, and often even harder to find. But that trend is changing here in the Valley with FRESH Juice Bar opening a second location in Palm Springs, Read more…

Through the GenerationsThe Healing Power of Music

In Berlin, when I was 6 years young, my mother took me to the opera “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck (1812), based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale. It held many wonders for the musical imagination. My grandfather was a signal trumpeter with the Ulan cavalry under Emperor Wilhelm. My Read more…

Through the GenerationsStep In Time

Fear of falling is a common concern as we get older. And rightly so, as approximately one third of the elderly and over two thirds of nursing home residents fall each year. This statistic is due largely in part to the fact that as we age, our gait tends to Read more…

Through the GenerationsDentures with Dr. Malm

Dear Dr. Malm: How many people in the United States wear dentures today? Dear Reader: It is estimated that 32 million people wear dentures today. The largest group is the 65 to 74 year olds, and approximately 57% of Americans in this age group wear them. Of those who do Read more…

Health & BeautyOne Size Does Not Fit All

Weight management is an ongoing health concern for most Americans today. Losing extra weight or keeping weight off is challenging and can be a constant source of frustration. Today, there are many programs that claim to aid in weight loss and weight maintenance, but not all of them are safe Read more…

Health & BeautyYour Happiness Quotient Determines Your Wellness Potential

When setting wellness goals, a simple starting point is often overlooked which greatly impacts our wellness potential: A place of happiness. I recently read Shawn Achor’s Before Happiness and learned that 98 percent of our thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday, and 80 percent are potentially negative. We Read more…

Health & BeautyA Healing Gift from the Dead Sea

Popular with tourists from all over, the Dead Sea is one of Earth’s most spectacular natural and spiritual places. This ancient body of water, which borders the Jordanian east coast and Israel to the west, is considered one of the world’s leading and most unique healing sites for treatment of Read more…

Through the GenerationsLa Quinta Nutrition Students Shine

During the Humana Challenge, a group of La Quinta Middle School students had their final exam broadcast on television in front of a crowd. For these little chefs, it was a piece of cake…Well, actually, just the opposite! The 45 nutrition class students finished their 3 ½ month course on Read more…

Through the GenerationsPaving the Way for Health Care Careers

Students interested in today’s health care field have a wide range of career options, and the Indio High School Health Academy works to pave the way for their students. Their career/tech program is designed to provide students with knowledge and an understanding of health/medical sciences and careers. In addition to Read more…

Financial HealthFinancial Planning vs. Retirement Planning

According to the most recent (2012) Household Financial Planning Survey conducted by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, only 31% of financial decision makers have a comprehensive financial plan. If the survey had asked respondents to define comprehensive financial plan, few probably could have; most people define financial plan Read more…

Financial HealthStill Without Health Insurance?

If you are still without health insurance, or wish to change your current plan, you still have a little time to select and apply for new Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant health insurance. You must apply by March 15, and March 31 is the close of this initial Open Enrollment Period, Read more…

Financial HealthDoes My Doctor Take My Health Plan?

Is your doctor accepting your health insurance plan? It’s hard to tell, even for your doctor’s office. When you call and ask, you probably tell them you have a PPO from one of the top three insurers. Let’s use Anthem Blue Cross as an example. If you have a doctor Read more…

Desert Events“Hearts of Gold” to Celebrate National Honorees

Three local superstars, each honored with the highest awards bestowed by the national office of the American Heart Association, will be celebrated at this year’s Heart Ball appropriately entitled “Hearts of Gold.” The 26th annual event takes place Saturday, April 12 at the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. Read more…

Desert EventsFocus on Wellness at the 19th Annual Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes®

Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes® returns to the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower on Saturday, March 22, and everyone is encouraged to attend. This free, educational event is presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and the Desert Diabetes Club, and will feature award-winning Read more…