The Desert Health® Wellness Awards honor people and organizations in the Coachella Valley moving health and wellness forward and creating a positive impact on the well-being of our community. Due to an overwhelming response, 2019 nominations closed early on February 15. All nominees will be featured in the March/April issue of Desert Health. For the latest information and to purchase tickets, see these links:

Wellness Award Speakers Announced

Event tickets available here 

Nominations featured in the Jan/Feb issue 


The 2019 nomination categories are as follows:

Business: A business that is moving health and wellness forward (fitness centers, health or medical clinic or office, etc.).

Individual: An individual moving health and wellness forward through their personal efforts or profession (non-licensed in the health care industry).

Integrative Health Care Practitioner (licensed health care professionals): This is a licensed medical doctor, nurse, naturopathic doctor or natural health practitioner, therapist, etc., who is practicing both medical and complimentary modalities or natural medicine to compliment medical care, or a licensed practitioner whose non-profit contributions and work are aimed at improving the health of our community.

Non-profit: A non-profit organization whose work is aimed at improving the health of our community. 

The Youth Award (18 and under): A young person who is taking action to improve the health of our community by educating or influencing others towards good health.

Approved nominations will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Quality: In what ways has the nominee helped those impacted?
  • Impact: How many people have they reached/helped with their efforts and work?
  • Sustainability: Are the improvements/results from their efforts long lasting and sustainable?
  • Can their work be replicated? Have their efforts inspired, or will they inspire, others to do the same to further enhance the health and wellness of our community?

All entries will be reviewed by our Executive Committee who will select the category finalists and winners. All approved nominations will be featured in upcoming issues of Desert Health® as well as the event program (which will be an insert to Desert Health®’s May/June issue).

Those nominated in 2015, 2016 and 2017 Wellness Awards who did not take home a Welly Award may be nominated again. Winners will be announced and honored at the Desert Health® Wellness Awards celebration May 22, 2019.

The 2019 Desert Health Wellness Awards are proudly sponsored by  Eisenhower HealthFresh Juice Bar, NBC Palm SpringsCambria USADesert Oasis Healthcare, Isning Gamez and Prime Time Produce. For more information contact Lauren Del Sarto [email protected] (760) 238-0245.

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  • We have just submitted a nonprofit nomination for Alzheimers Coachella Valley for the Wellness Awards! What a great opportunity to shine a healthy spotlight on our community!

    Thank you, Lauren!

  • Dr Diane Sheppard is the greatest acupuncturist ever! When is the last time that you can say you left the doctor’s office feeling better than when you went in? She has a booming practice because people get
    better. I personally had cancer and when I would go in, I thought, “How am I going to make it?” and when I would walk out I’d say, “What’s the problem?”. She is the ultimate teacher, takes in interns that want to follow in her footsteps, has free classes on Thursday nights and supports various charities especially the Coachella Valley Horse Rescue. People want to be in her light and a part of her life because it is what we are all made of,”Love”.

    • Lauren Del Sarto

      Thank you so much, Cynthia! We couldn’t agree more! Please nominate her by filling out the nomination form above. It only takes a minute!

      With sincere appreciation ~

      Lauren Del Sarto


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