Receive our e-newsletter:
The Valley’s Leading Resource for Health and Wellness

Community Health Category

Natural OptionsGeneration Z’s Challenge to Hold

Living Wellness with Jennifer

Families across America are witnessing snapshots of high school seniors graduating respectably this year without prom or public ceremonies. The media has focused on Generation Z and the impact this moment has on young adults abruptly finishing school with absent closure and the unknown of how and when college commences.  Read more…

Fresh CuisineFarm to Front Door

What happens when your livelihood comes to a screeching halt? You learn to pivot. That was the advice which inspired Palm Springs restaurateur Tony Marchese of Trio to think outside of the box. “With the pandemic, my business coach told me, ‘You need to pivot. Your business is closing and Read more…

Financial HealthA Call to Action for Our Community’s Future

Med Students

As an employer or resident of the Coachella Valley are you invested in developing your future workforce and our students’ future? If so, I invite you to join with me. As the co-chair for OneFuture Coachella Valley’s Business Engagement Committee, I am pleased to share that we are creating a Read more…

Medical NewsHealthcare District Launches COVID-19 Resource Center

Desert Healthcare District Foundation

The Desert Healthcare District (DHCD) has launched an online resource for local residents offering information on programs and services available during the coronavirus crisis. From food distribution and rental assistance to testing sites and small business loans, the webpage is available in both English and Spanish, and is being translated Read more…

Medical NewsHARC Releases 2019 Community Health Data

This past March, Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC), which has been tracking our community’s health for the past 14 years, released their latest data on the well-being and quality of life for Coachella Valley residents.  While the global pandemic is certain to change these 2019 statistics, the information Read more…

Medical NewsThe Science of Wellness

The Science of Wellness

Wellness is finally getting the respect it deserves. Practices, products and places that balance our beings are in higher demand than ever before with millennials and boomers leading the way. The rise in chronic disease has more and more of us striving to stay, or get, well and the industries Read more…

Medical News

Your Health Matters - with Janet Zappala

Music has the power to move us. It conjures up memories of days and moments gone by and can emit emotions that we may not even know we’re feeling until one particular song moves us to our core.  Music can also mend minds. Based out of Los Angeles, Music Mends Read more…

Medical NewsJFK Designated as Primary Stroke Center

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke and every 3.5 minutes, someone dies from it. Stroke now accounts for one of every 19 deaths in our country.  And when someone has a stroke, seconds matter. That is why, over the past five years, JFK Memorial Hospital in Read more…

Medical NewsWhat is Direct Primary Care?

Direct primary care (DPC) is a new way of receiving personalized health care from a primary care physician for a small monthly membership fee. In exchange for this fee, patients get unlimited access to their doctor. Depending on your day-to-day needs this can be accomplished by same day or next Read more…

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…