• Getting to the Heart o...
    In this issue of Healthy Living, the focus is on Eisenhower’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence — a fitting topic to start the New Year as many of us make resolutions to improve our fitness. The... click for more
  • 11th Annual Community ...
    February is Heart Month and a great time to educate oneself about heart health. For Coachella Valley residents, the Community Heart and Stroke Conference — presented by Eisenhower Smilow Heart Center and Eisenhower Desert Cardiology Center — is the perfect opportunity to do just that!

    The 11th Annual Community Heart Conference will be held Saturday, February 1 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. The popular annual event focuses on the prevention and symptoms of heart disease and stroke as well as the latest treatments for those living with cardiovascular issues. Attendees should be 18 years of age or older. Reservations are not required. click for more

  • Eisenhower Medical Cen...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has again received full accreditation as a chest pain center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Originally accredited in 2006 and then in 2009,... click for more
  • How to Live a Long, Sw...
    Zorba Paster, MD, Professor of Fam ily Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and host of the popular National Public Radio show On Your Health, will be the guest speaker at the... click for more
  • Celebrity Golf Invitat...
    The 26th annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, benefiting the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center for Abused Children, tees off February 20-22, 2014. Eagle Falls Golf Course and Fantasy Springs... click for more
  • 5 Things
    (1) Breathe, Long and Deep
    Practice long, deep breaths — at home, in your car, at work or anytime. The increased oxygen and slower pace will benefit your body and your mind.

    (2) Find a New Recipe
    Surprise your family and your taste buds — find a new healthy recipe to make for dinner

    (3) Visit Your Local Library
    Plan to spend a couple of hours exploring your favorite book aisles or consider choosing a topic you’ve never read!   click for more
  • Cheeky’s No Ordinary M...
    It may sound cheeky , but the worst thing about this Palm Springs eatery is the menu. After all, when everything sounds this enticing, how can you possibly decide what to order?

    Will you have the rainbow chard frittata with fried eggplant wheels? Or maybe you’re more interested in the pumpkin bread pudding French toast. How about the braised short rib hash with crispy skillet Yukon golds and sunny eggs?

    And that’s just breakfast. Flip the menu over, and you’ll see dozens of lunch options, each one more mouthwatering than the last. No wonder Vogue magazine visited Cheeky’s and declared, “Its menu means business.” click for more

  • Watercolor Painting
    Imagine a quiet place — a sturdy table, a comfortable chair, a tablet of thick paper, brushes and a palette of bright colors. You have cleared your schedule, turned your electronic devices off and all that remains is creative possibility and the rhythm of steady breathing. You are ready to begin.

    Painting is one of the best ways to be present — to be in the moment. Think of it as something as important as exercise. Carve out a few hours each week, during your morning, your evening or on the weekend. You might even schedule a weekly date with your brushes and paper. click for more

  • Sunnylands
    For decades, desert dwellers have wondered what lies beyond the pink walls of Sunnylands, the private estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The sprawling, 200-acre Rancho Mirage property has been... click for more


Swinging for the Health and Fun of It!

Drive the length of the Coachella Valley and you will surely notice an armada of golf courses dotting the landscape. Golfing in the desert has become one of America’s favorite pastimes, combining temperate weather, sunshine and green fairways. Courses are booked year-round, even during the desert’s off-season summer months as golfers swing their way to a day of finesse, friends and strategy.

According to some sources, golf dates back to the 1400s in Britain, specifically in Scotland. Modern day golf emerged in the 19th century, eventually finding its way to the United States. In 1894, delegates from golf clubs in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Chicago met to form the Amateur Golf Association of the United States, which later became the United States Golf Association.

Golfers tend to be a devoted, enthusiastic lot, and with good reason. Most golf courses are known for their beauty as well as their challenges, and golfers are driven to return again and again, determined to best the course, avoid rogue trees and steer clear of ponds, lakes and sand traps. Typically played in groups of four, golf is a wonderful way to socialize and to exercise. The game requires physical and mental fortitude, and to keep it fun, a good sense of humor.

Health Benefits
The health benefits of golfing include staying active and fit, improving muscle tone and endurance, and sharpening one’s hand-eye coordination. Walking a golf course instead of driving a cart will add even more benefit and burn more calories. Some golfers enjoy slinging their bags over their shoulders while others prefer to use golf bag pull carts. Either way, walking 18-holes of a golf course for a two to three hour time span is a great way to exercise.

Buying golf equipment is an investment — beginners may want to borrow clubs from a relative or friend. Keep in mind clubs should be borrowed from someone similar in height to avoid using clubs that are too long or too short. If buying clubs, ask for advice from experienced golfers in addition to doing research. The basic clubs needed are the driver, a 3-wood, 3-, 5-, 7- and 9-irons, a pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter. A golf club bag is also a must.

Golf balls can be expensive and beginning golfers may go through as many as eight balls on an 18-round course. Consider buying used golf balls if your stroke is not up to par. Golf shoes aren’t required on most courses; however, if you decide to play golf on a regular basis, budget for a set of golf shoes. They are specially engineered to prevent sliding during a golf swing. Golf shoes are available with or without spikes.

Consider Lessons
Golf lessons are a good way to develop proper techniques and avoid bad habits. Lessons will also allow you to progress much faster in learning the game with helpful suggestions and critique as you go. Check with local courses about what services and lessons they may offer. Off-season golf lessons are often considerably less expensive than prime season rates.

Tips to Avoid Injuries
As with any sport, warming up, stretching and performing gentle mobility movements will decrease the likelihood of injury while golfing. Beginning or infrequent golfers should pay close attention to how they feel throughout their games and avoid pushing themselves past their comfort zone. Wear sun protection and always carry plenty of water and light snacks. Know the basic rules and etiquette for playing golf, and most importantly, remember to have fun.