Open Enrollment Round Two

It’s hard to believe, but the open enrollment period for health insurance is almost here. For seniors, that means October 15 through December 7 is the time to review your Medicare Advantage plan and your Part D prescription drug plan. But, for those under 65, open enrollment will be November 15 – February 15.  This… Read more »

Autism: More Than a Brain Dysfunction

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or autism as it is generally termed, is a group of complex brain disorders in development with various severity levels and conditions. The Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 68 children have some form of Autism.1 This is a 10-fold increase over 40 years ago.  This skyrocketing statistic has… Read more »

Child Care Providers Adopt Healthy Habits Through First 5 Riverside Program

First 5 Riverside (Riverside County Children & Families Commission) has launched a program to help child care providers throughout the county improve nutrition, physical activity and family habits through free training and materials.  Working with those who care for children throughout the day, the program aims to help create healthy habits for babies, toddlers and… Read more »

New Program Helps Teen Girls Cope

Being a teen can be challenging, especially when you consider outside influences such as magazine covers and the desire to fit in with peers. Building on the success of a program she taught at the University of British Columbia, local yoga instructor Susan Alexander has developed a workshop for teens and tweens to address issues… Read more »

Palm Desert High School Health Academy:

Palm Desert High School’s Health Academy is in its fourth year, providing a three-year “school within a school” focusing on health careers. Internships, which introduce students to the medical field in a workplace environment, are a significant part of the program. Students are introduced to the skills and value of work while making connections between… Read more »

What are Micro Peels?

One of the more popular facial rejuvenating treatments today is the micro peel. It is a superficial chemical peel which can smooth and soften your skin, brighten your complexion, minimize pore size, and reduce discoloration, all with no social down time.   This simple 30-minute procedure should not be confused with the micro laser peel… Read more »

Give Your Life a Fresh Start

One of the most frequent questions my clients ask is, “How do I start over?”  Although life doesn’t come with a re-set button, you can give your life a “fresh start” any moment you choose. Life is a journey, not a destination. I believe life is 5% what happens to you and 95% what you… Read more »

The Summertime Blues

“Sometimes I wonder what am I gonna do—‘Cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues” With the days in the Coachella Valley now longer and warmer, some of you might find yourself feeling somewhat down, depressed and irritable; you are not alone!  You may be suffering from the summer variant of Seasonal Affective Disorder… Read more »

Senior Moves

Exercise promotes health. It also makes us feel good. We should keep our body active. That is the theory. But doing so takes work and perseverance.  With advancing years, the degree of effort increases exponentially. What was easy when we were younger is now more challenging than we care to admit – and yes, often… Read more »

A Journey to the NFL: Doing It the Right Way

There has been so much news lately regarding professional athletes abusing sports supplements and the legalities of steroid use. Many athletes resort to performance enhancing drugs not only to help put added distance on their drives or to score more touchdowns, but to help prevent or slow down injuries. There is a local athlete who… Read more »

Change It Up!

Did you know that you should change your exercise routine every 14 days? Engaging in a variety of physical activities is important. Your fitness routine should include aerobic, strength-training and stretching, and health benefits are gained by using muscles for extended periods of time. Some options include: 2 and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic… Read more »

You Are Never Too Old

Most older adults fear losing their independence more than they fear death. Those who want to maintain physical and emotional independence must engage in regular exercise, as proper exercise can help older adults prolong their independence. Unfortunately many seniors believe they are too old to start exercising. In fact, we are NEVER TOO OLD to… Read more »

A Lifetime of Dreams Brings Home the Gold

In 2011 after eight years off the ice, professional figure skater and US Open Champion, J. Scott Driscoll walked into the newly opened Desert Ice Castle in Cathedral City and took a deep breath. He could see kids of all ages falling, laughing and attempting the challenging sport that saved his life so many years… Read more »

7th Desert Woman’s Show Returns

7th annual Desert Woman’s Show sponsored by Saxony Group takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 15 & 16 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. The dynamic event will feature fall fashions and accessories, home décor, nutrition and fitness, personal development and an array of beverages and cuisine.  Activities for women of all ages include over… Read more »

Desert AIDS Walk 2014

Join the fun and festivities at the 27th Desert AIDS Walk, a grassroots community event supporting HIV and AIDS services, prevention and advocacy at Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.). This year’s event takes place Saturday, October 18, and is hosted by Shann Carr and Bella Da Ball. Music from DJ Corey and Pride Nation Radio kicks… Read more »

Come Paint El Paseo Pink!

It’s time to gather a team of family, friends and co-workers, don pink attire, and help raise funds for those in need of breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. Join the Desert Cancer Foundation’s 8th Annual Paint El Paseo Pink Charitable Walk Saturday, October 11.  This impactful event brings the Coachella Valley together to support… Read more »