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Through the GenerationsSmile and Connect

A smile and laughter are the expressions of a positive attitude about life. With the challenges of advancing years it takes strength to meet the tests. That awareness is not a gift; it needs to be earned with quiet gratitude. Wake up each day and smile when you look in Read more…

Through the GenerationsThe Show Must Go On

Rancho Mirage resident and former Desert Regional Medical Center radiologist, Dr. Pam Meoli, had a stroke at age 51. Her prognosis included a walker or cane, little or no mobility of her left arm, and compromised speech. After nine months of speech therapy her ability to speak was much improved, Read more…

FitnessDoes Your Scale Reflect the Real You?

I don’t think mine does. My scale really doesn’t care that I am a great listener. It can’t define my purpose in life, or where I draw my personal strengths. My scale certainly cannot feel the love I have for my family or friends, or whether I am respected in Read more…

Through the GenerationsHealth & Humor

George Adolph

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. –Mark Twain Laughing is the best medicine. LOL. Have you laughed out loud today, or yesterday? When was the last time? The comic cartoons in the daily newspapers are said to be what most people read first. The renowned New Yorker has a loyal readership Read more…

InspirationHealth is a Choice

We often meet people who consider themselves ‘conscious eaters,’ but rarely do we meet someone whose passion is converting others. In her own personal effort to address America’s obesity issues, Registered Dietitian Sarah Gaete is teaching the value of nutrition to as many people as she can. She is passionate Read more…

FitnessIt Only Takes One Internal Champion

We are lucky to have a variety of fun and inspiring opportunities here in the Coachella Valley to get healthy, or to remain so. Sometimes it is more fun, and often more successful, to participate in an activity as part of a group working together to achieve a shared goal. Read more…

Publisher’s NoteMy ‘In the Moment’ Wonder

Last month I said good-bye to my dear friend, Dakota. He was a cherished member of our family for 10 years and we shared a very special bond. He was a strong-willed boy and it took years to gain his trust and respect, but once we crossed that bridge, he Read more…

InspirationMs. Carol Channing

One of our Valley’s most beloved residents is Ms. Carol Channing. At 92, she is still the beaming ray of light we know from stage and screen – gracious and kind, full of positive energy and endearing spunk. If you ask Carol how she accounts for her long, healthy life, she Read more…

Natural OptionsWe ARE Making a Difference

In our November/December 2012 issue, we wrote about Jayne Robertson and her commitment to contribute to a worthwhile cause. Her journey began over a year ago when she undertook the Global Seva Challenge, a fundraising effort as part of Off The Mat, Into The World (OTM), a yoga based non-profit Read more…

Financial HealthMaking Your Dreams Your Reality

It takes a lot of hard-nosed work to fulfill your dreams. And we’re not just talking about the years of employment you put in to afford your dreams. We mean converting your dream into a plan to make those dreams come true. The first step is to recognize the difference Read more…

FitnessAge is Simply a Number

Erich Obst, 65 Erich is an 18-year Palm Desert resident who just completed the 2013 “Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.”  Known as one of the toughest competitions of its kind, Alcatraz consists of a mile and a half swim in the 51 degree waters of the San Francisco Bay (from ‘The Read more…

InspirationHealth Is A Choice

Throughout the decades, the concept of ‘healthy habits’ has evolved. One longstanding premise seldom challenged is that physical fitness–to maintain muscle and cardiovascular health–serves you well in the present, and in future years. This concept was challenged in the 1960’s by those who thought muscle mass would infringe on a Read more…

Publisher’s NoteConnecting As a Couple

Living Wellness with Jennifer DiFrancesco

How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you and your partner make it a special day? Why is it that we need a designated day to celebrate our love for one another? The tradition is not a new one although much of the meaning has changed. In early Roman times, the Read more…

Natural OptionsFrom A Small Seed: Finding Your Inner Voice

Something happens…you lose your job, you’re forced to move, someone dear to you is ill. All of the plans you’ve made in the past suddenly seem pointless and you feel as if you’ve lost your direction. Five years ago, feeling stuck and missing a certain passion in my life, I Read more…

Through the GenerationsMaking Your Dream a Reality

After watching Super-size Me and researching the link between sugary drinks, obesity and type 2 diabetes, 14 year old Carter Kostler had an idea – create a healthy, tasty and portable “fast drink” alternative that is good for the environment. “My mother is a huge fan of fruit infused water Read more…

Natural OptionsTop 10 Resolutions to Reach Your Optimal Health

Resolutions

What is Optimal Health? In his book, Dr. A’s Habits of Health, Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen describes Optimal Health as ‘the highest degree of health that is possible for you to achieve.’ The reality for many people is they’re simply surviving in a slowly declining state of well-being, not really Read more…

Through the GenerationsBe The Change You Seek

Student Group

As a student at College of The Desert, I notice a lack of healthy food on campus. It is a struggle to find healthy food that will support my mind and body throughout ten-hour school days. After speaking with students and administration, I realized that I was not alone in Read more…

Financial HealthNew Year’s Resolution: Put Your Finances in Order!

Financial Freedom Road Sign

If you’re serious about pursuing your financial goals, first get your finances in order. Here are a few simple steps to keep you on track: Get organized.  Make time to understand your basic financial facts—how much your net worth increased during the past year, how you are spending your income, Read more…

Publisher’s NoteThe Intuition of Fall…In Nature and in Each of Us

Jennifer DiFrancesco

I just returned from Park City, Utah. As a desert native, I’ve never fully witnessed the changing of the seasons. There is something profound that takes place when one is able to look at a valley of aspen trees transforming their green palette of leaves into the vivid autumn colors Read more…

Through the GenerationsLessons in Longevity

Our “Lessons in Longevity” column discovers and shares the secrets we seek from our elders on how to live a long and happy life. For this issue, I stopped by Palm Desert’s Joslyn Center. The Joslyn Center is always active and the energy positive and bright.  There I met 91-year Read more…