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Natural OptionsKindness at Work Changes Everything

Living Wellness with Jennifer

As a wellness director, I conduct an ongoing personal and professional search for the most current trends of effective remedies in the marketplace. During a recent meeting of wellness professionals in the Coachella Valley, we discussed the topics of achieving radiant health by using structured water and vibrational therapy. These Read more…

Natural OptionsFurthering Naturopathic Medicine

Although naturopathic medicine has been in practice in the U.S. for over a century, I often still get asked, “Are you a real doctor?” In California, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are licensed primary care providers, able to diagnose and treat illness as a general practitioner/ family practice doctor. NDs can order Read more…

Natural OptionsConvenience at a Cost

The explosion of electronic devices has brought us instantaneous communication, ease of commercial transactions, and entertainment on demand. But increased screen time, estimated at 7-11 hours for adults each day, has also brought with it unforeseen effects on our bodies and our health. Perhaps the best-known negative effect of screen Read more…

FitnessProviding Opportunities for Persons with Disability

Kid on bike

Imagine you are 8 years old and you and your friends are going rock climbing for the first time. One step at a time, you seek that sliver of rock that will hold you as you prepare for your next step. And in the blink of an eye you stand Read more…

Medical NewsPreparing Sports Medicine Professionals:

mentoring the future

The Palm Springs High School Academy for Learning Medicine (PALM) offers its students the opportunity to explore medical careers, but the work of the students in the academy is not limited to just the traditional school year.  Academy students take Sports Medicine I and II as juniors and seniors, respectively. Read more…

Natural OptionsCelebrating Naturopathic Medicine

Those who have discovered naturopathic medicine often consider it life changing. Many seek the practice when allopathic medicine runs out of answers or to complement conventional care. Others consider their naturopathic doctor to be their primary care physician preferring the body, mind and spirit approach to medicine.  A licensed naturopathic Read more…

Financial HealthVoluntourism: Can Your Non-profit Benefit?

Volunteers at Martha’s Village

Voluntourism, or traveling to a destination to contribute your time and skills to the local community, is one of the fastest growing travel trends globally. The grassroots effort started in the 1990s and is now a bucket list item for travelers of all ages. A 2008 study estimated that 1.6 Read more…

Wellness AwardsOh What A Night!

Oh what a night

Thank you to all who took part in this year’s celebration and congratulations to all 2019 Desert Health Wellness Award winners and nominees! A special Thank You to photographer Lani Garfield For more photos visit PhotosByLani.com   Read more…

Natural OptionsThird Annual World Wellness Weekend

In 2017, a campaign was launched to raise awareness on the benefits of wellness lifestyles and to inspire people around the globe to adopt healthier habits. Now in its third year, World Wellness Weekend has grown to include over 2,000 venues in 100 countries and local businesses and community members Read more…

Financial HealthBusinesses Honored For Workplace Wellness

In June, HARC hosted the 4th Annual Coachella Valley Workplace Wellness Awards recognizing local businesses that prioritize employee health and wellness. The event took place at the Classic Club in Palm Desert and brought together a variety of organizations which recognize that having a healthy workforce is key to a Read more…

Wellness Awards2019 Winners and Nominees!

We are proud to present this year’s deserving Nominees submitted by the community, Finalists and Winners selected by the Desert Health Wellness Awards Executive Committee. To show your support, please leave comments below and/or on our Facebook page. Download the Official Program here! * Asterisk notes previous winners which are Read more…

Natural OptionsNature, Stress Relief, Trashion and more

What’s new in wellness? Getting off the beaten path, following your nose, wearing conscious clothing, eating exactly what your body needs, choosing your meditation wisely, and getting back to nature as prescribed by your doctor. And in the end, you’ll even have options for dying well. This is according to Read more…

Medical NewsWe Say Good-bye to CancerPartners

For fifteen years, CancerPartners (formerly Gilda’s Club Desert Cities) provided support and free services for those affected by cancer, their families and friends. The non-profit played an important role as hospitals and facilities delivered top medical care, but often left clients to figure out the rest on their own. CancerPartners Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Value of Workplace Wellness

I first became interested in the concept of workplace wellness in college when I read Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia. Patagonia’s policy of allowing employees to work flexible hours, as long as the work gets done Read more…

Fresh CuisineLa Quinta High School Culinary Arts Institute

mentoring the future

La Quinta High School is focusing more and more on offering healthier food choices as part of the La Quinta High School Culinary Arts Institute program. On March 20, the culinary institute will launch its latest venture: Healthy Tastings for Healthy Teachers, a pilot project including a pop-up restaurant on Read more…

Medical NewsTake the Call: Your Voice and Your Health Matter

In the coming months, you may get a phone call asking you to participate in a health survey. This may be the sort of thing that you normally politely decline, but this isn’t just any survey. It’s the Coachella Valley Community Health Survey, and it’s essential to improving health in Read more…

Medical NewsHealthcare District Seeks Two New Board Directors

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci Two residents in the Desert Healthcare District’s newly expanded area will soon have an opportunity to apply those wise words as members of the District’s Board of Directors. With the expansion Read more…

Medical NewsBenefits of Participating In a Clinical Research Study

The main thing to know when considering participation in a clinical research study is you are not a human “guinea pig.” Clinical studies are strictly monitored; volunteers receive detailed informed consent forms to review and sign before participating, and they receive excellent care by a team of medical professionals including Read more…

Natural OptionsValley Teens Becoming Mindfully Resilient

mentoring the future

As rates of stress, depression, and teen suicide have soared in the past decade, the Health and Nutritional Sciences (HANS) Academy at Indio High is piloting a new curriculum called Mindfully Resilient. Units in anger management, the science of stress, anxiety, depression, healthy relationships and more are taught to bring Read more…

Through the GenerationsOutdoor Gym Opens in La Quinta

La Quinta has joined over 4,000 cities around the globe making fitness free and accessible to all through the installation of an outdoor circuit training court. The new facility is part of a multi-million dollar nationwide effort to get people excited about health and fitness. Spearheaded by National Fitness Campaign Read more…