Annual 2009

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Zumba Zeal

Zumba Zeal

Stretch, stretch, stretch; jump, jump, jump; yawn, yawn, yawn.
Tired of the same old exercise routine? Feel renewed energy with the latest dance-party fitness
On the Forefront

On the Forefront

New Terrain for Joints
Knees take the brunt of most of our activity, so it’s little wonder we injure and wear them out. “The knee is the most common joint we treat,” says Dr. Raj Sinha, an orthopedic surgeon at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio.
A Laughable Life

A Laughable Life

We know a good joke can brighten our mood, but research suggests when it comes to health and longevity, chuckling really matters.
Good Grief

Good Grief

Through sadness, we discover strength to move forward
Michelle Palmer’s mother died when Michelle was 5. Her father passed away the summer before her senior year of high school. Michelle was left alone in the Cathedral City house where she grew up, a minor living under the radar of foster care. She skipped classes to make kitchen cutting boards and sold them at College of the Desert Street Fair in order to head off foreclosure on the house.
C’mon, Get Happy!

C’mon, Get Happy!

The pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right — so what are we waiting for?
People constantly tell us to “Have a good day.” Even if it may be a rote greeting, there’s no good reason not to follow their suggestion. “Sure,” you say, “that’s easier said than done.” Well, maybe not. Maybe we’re overlooking opportunities to improve our dispositions.
The Joy of Cooking

The Joy of Cooking

Boost your mood and relieve stress by choosing the right ingredients
Long before Prozac, before Harry Nilsson put the lime in the coconut or Cathy caterwauled for chocolate — cultures around the globe beat the blues with certain foods. From India to Antarctica, the connection between ingredients and well-being has influenced diets.
Have a Ball

Have a Ball

Achieve greater strength and balance
Call it the white (or yellow or blue) elephant in the living room: That vinyl stability ball seemed like a good idea when you bought it, but hasn’t quite fulfilled its promise. Now try these exercises, illustrated by personal fitness and nutritional coach Bootsie Crawford.
Esprit d’Arts

Esprit d’Arts

Music, paintings, and other creative media promote serenity and healing
Five days a week of radiation treatments left Maurice Engleman of Palm Springs with “bad days and worse days.” The 82-year-old was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue a week and half after his wife of nearly 60 years died in December. The radiation chapped and pained his lips, and he lost his sense of taste. But he still had his music.
Medical Guide
Medical Guide

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