Health Care As It Should Be March 2012

Upcoming Events

  • Importance of Water to Your Health PL
    Palm Springs Public Library Series
    TU, Mar 20, 6 to 7 p.m.
    Russell Grant, MD, Urgent Care Medicine/ Internal Medicine
    760-969-7770, extension 7560
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    Great Living Starts Here Series LQ
    Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Mar 21:  Dining Out While Slimming Down Read More
    Mar 28:  Catch Some Omega-3s 
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    Apr 4: How to Choose Healthy Protein Read More
    Apr 11:  Calcium: The Bare Bones Read More
    Eisenhower Medical Center Nutritionists

    Replacements…Hip, Knee and Arthritic Joints AC
    Healthy Night Out
    W, Mar 21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Sohail Ahmad, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
    Blade Branham, Supervisor, Physical Therapy
    760-568-1234; $8 for heart-healthy dinner, payment by Mar 16. Read More

    Sex and Continence After Prostate or Bladder Cancer LC
    Sponsored by Slate Pharmaceuticals
    TH, Mar 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Lance Patrick Walsh, PhD, MD, Urology
    Complimentary dinner; reservations by Mar 21.
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    Seniors and Depression AC
    W, Mar 28, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
    Anthony Bassanelli, MD, Psychiatrist
    Sheda Heidarian, MD, Internal Medicine/Geriatric Medicine; Maura Fisher, MS, RN, Director and John Mann, LCSW, Center for Geropsychiatry
    760-568-1234  Read More

    The Year in Medicine: from Aspirin to Cancer Vaccines to Vitamin D LC
    8th Annual Dr. Mark Moyad Community Lecture
    TH, Mar 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
    Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, Jenkins Director, University of Michigan
    Consulting Director, Eisenhower Wellness Institute
    760-834-3798; reservations by Mar 27.  Read More




Masters Swim Program

Superb Fitness and Fun

Looking for a no-impact, refreshing way to get fit? Consider the Masters Swim Program available through the Family YMCA of the Desert at the new Palm Desert Aquatic Center. Attracting both seasoned and recreational swimmers, the YMCA’s Masters Swim Program is designed to get people in the water for a wellplanned workout, and to have fun while doing it — in water that is a temperate 81 degrees.

“Most people come to the class for fitness and for the social aspect of enjoying each other’s company while conditioning,” says Head Coach Robert (Bob) Krom. “We don’t put any pressure on anyone here. Swimmers can stay as long as they’re able during the one and a half hour class time.”

Swimming competitively in high school, Krom began to coach swimming in 1994 while his children were in school. He was the head coach for High Desert Aquatics from 1996 to 2007. Most recently, he was the head coach and CEO for the Temple Areas Swim Club in Texas. Krom’s expertise includes strength and flexibility, dry land training, and swimmer’s nutrition.

“We offer basic instruction and techniques for swimmers who want to improve their strokes,” says Krom. “Each class, I write up a new workout schedule which swimmers can follow at their own pace.”

While swimmers participate in the Masters Program for fitness, some enjoy competing in various Masters swim competitions. The Aquatic Center’s 50-meter by 25-yard, Olympic-sized competition pool provides long and short options for lap swimming and competitions.

“You can work as hard as you want and if you decide to compete, we want you to enjoy the experience without feeling pressured,” says Krom. “The participants at the meets are a great group of people."

The Palm Desert Aquatic Center is located at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive in Palm Desert at the northeast end of Palm Desert Civic Center Park.

The Masters Swim Program is for beginning, intermediate and advanced swimmers, ages 18 and up. Class times are Monday and Wednesday mornings from 5:30 to 7 a.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and every other Saturday from 7 to 9 a.m. Monthly program fees are $60 for Palm Desert residents and $80 for non-residents. Drop-in program fees are $6 for Palm Desert residents and $8 for non-residents. For more information about class schedules and programs, and for a complete listing of hours, call the Aquatic Center at 760-565-7467 or visit