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Through the GenerationsChildren’s Cold and Flu Remedies

Cold and flu season is now upon us and as parents, knowing what to do ahead of time can alleviate unnecessary stress and discomfort for our little ones. The first part of combating winter illnesses is of course prevention. This time of year, it is essential to continually remember to Read more…

InspirationHealth is a Choice: Involving Kids

When kids are involved in the choice, they are more inclined to take part. That is the philosophy behind FIND Food Bank’s Kids Summer Feeding Program: Don’t just feed the children, make them part of the selection, education and preparation. Teaming with valley Boys & Girls Clubs and local YMCAs, Read more…

Natural OptionsTM® Found to Decrease ADHD Symptoms

As we start a new school year in the Coachella Valley, many parents are seeking ways to help their children cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  According to a National Survey of Children’s Health conducted in 2011-2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11% of school-aged Read more…

Through the GenerationsChild 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 Read more…

InspirationCelebrating Edith Morrey at 102

In 1932, Edith Morrey was 20 years old. You may know Edith as the “Grande Dame of Fashion” whose chic clothing boutique, the first on El Paseo, helped launch the famed street. At 20, she lived in Portland and it was there she would attend the most impactful event of Read more…

Through the GenerationsShould Children Take Probiotics?

Awareness surrounding the use and benefits of probiotics has exploded in recent years. If people aren’t seeking an oral probiotic at their local health foods store, they are reading the back of yogurt labels in search of active cultures.  Further, fermented foods such as pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi (kimchee) have Read more…

Through the GenerationsHow Does Your Garden Grow?

Kids and teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Indio are learning about gardening and nutrition through hands-on experience.   Last summer, they worked with Marriott International and the University of California Cooperative Extension to build raised garden boxes which they filled with seedlings. This year, they expanded their Read more…

Natural OptionsMeditation Delivers Results in Schools

We know that stress can be detrimental to adult health, but what about children? Significant research now suggests that American children are indeed experiencing stress at new levels: suicides among adolescents have quadrupled since the 1950s; only 36 percent of 7th graders agreed with the statement “I am happy with Read more…

Medical NewsPreventing “Baby Bump” Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is a common complaint among pregnant women. According to the American Pregnancy Association, nearly 50% of all pregnant women will suffer from LBP, either during pregnancy, or during the post-partum period.1 Many women experience LBP with their first pregnancy, and the majority of sufferers state that Read more…

Health & BeautyThe Smiling Eyes of a Child

There is something special about the face of a smiling child. You can see happiness shine in their gleaming eyes. But sometimes children are born with eyelid malpositions that minimize that shine and interfere with visual function. When this occurs, even our littlest family members may require medical evaluation and Read more…

Through the GenerationsInspiring the Ritual of Wellness for Kids

As I look at three generations in my family–my mother, myself and my daughter–I find that proper nutrition and exercise are woven into the fabric of our family. My focus on fitness, contemplative practices such as meditation and yoga, and conscious eating are practices handed down from my mother, which Read more…

Medical NewsChildren’s Hearing Health

We often think of hearing loss as a problem related to aging. However, hearing loss affects people of all ages, from birth through adulthood. Hearing loss affects two in every 100 children under the age of 18. If their hearing loss is undetected, there will be delay in initiating proper Read more…

Through the GenerationsMourning Star and Camp Erin Remain in Kids’ Hearts

Michelle Hernandez lost her Dad when she was 15. Michelle and her mom were left to cope alone. Fortunately, they found Mourning Star in Palm Desert, one of the nation’s top grief and bereavement centers specializing in helping children, teens (ages 3 to 18) and their families develop healthy coping Read more…

Through the GenerationsLittle Yogis: Yoga’s Many Benefits for Kids

Witnessing children striking yoga poses is more than just cute; it can be the catalyst to a lifelong practice. Parents and schools are becoming aware that yoga benefits children physically, mentally, and soulfully. The practice is orienting children to a discipline that is rejuvenating for the body and soul.  Yoga Read more…

FitnessSports Conditioning Camps: A Building Block for Healthy Habits

Over the past 20 years, our nation has become a computer-driven, sit-on-the-couch society. The urge to text a friend, write on your Facebook page, or play violent video games has become second nature for our children. Most schools across the country have either eliminated physical education classes past the tenth Read more…

Medical NewsStudents Develop Skills and Compassion at We Care Dental Center

When 24-year-old Western University dental student Angela Hastings started volunteering at the We Care Dental Center in Rancho Mirage, she thought the experience would help increase her clinical knowledge and dental skills. What she didn’t expect was that it would also help her develop an intense feeling of compassion for Read more…

Natural OptionsMourning Star Offers Comfort to Grieving Kids

Where do our children go to cope with the loss of a loved one? Nationwide there are less than 400 centers for grieving children and one of  the top, Mourning Star Center, is located here in Palm Desert.  Mourning Star specializes in helping children (ages 3 to 18) and their Read more…

Financial HealthFinancial Basics for Your Kids & Grandkids

A very common reason for investors to focus on their portfolios is for the benefit of the next generation. They want to ensure that their children are well taken care of so that they, the investors, don’t have to worry later in life. Taking it another step is teaching your Read more…

InspirationChildren taught healthy habits often keep them for life

health is a choice

Just ask the Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg. They grew up in 1960’s Philadelphia as part of a health-conscious vegetarian family–a choice their parents made for health, not religion. When kids were bringing Wonder bread and bologna sandwiches to school, they had vegetables on sprouted wheat bread that Read more…

Through the GenerationsYoung Lives at Risk

Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions and the statistics are alarming. It can lead to many serious health issues, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. Of greatest concern is that research shows one of every three children in the United States is now considered overweight. Health care professionals Read more…