Health Care As It Should Be February 2014

Upcoming Events

  • Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors: Aromatherapy LC
    Lunch and Learn
    W, Feb 26, noon to 1 p.m.
    Rosemary Flaherty, RN, BSN, Breast Nurse Specialist
    Ongoing fourth W monthly series on various topics by Integrative Medicine team.
    760-834-3798. Lunch included; reservations by Feb 24. Read More

    Medication in the Aging JS
    Joslyn Senior Center Series
    F, Feb 28, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
    Anthony Bassanelli, MD, Psychiatry/Neurology
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Osteoporosis AC
    M, Mar 3, 11 a.m. to noon
    Richard Fausel, DO, Certified Clinical Densitometrist; Danielle Meglio, COTA-C, MLD/CDT, Occupational Therapist
    760-568-1234 Read More

    Have Fun in the Sun…but with Less Risk of Skin Cancer! AC
    TU, Mar 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Timothy Jochen, MD, Dermatology
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Ostomy: Hope, Healing and Coping LC
    Ostomy Support Group Special Event
    F, Mar 7, 3 to 4 p.m.
    Brenda Elsagher, author, humorist and ostomate
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Health Care for Canadians: Getting the Care You Need AC
    W, Mar 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    G. Aubrey Serfling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eisenhower Medical Center
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Heart-Lung Machine Demonstration AC
    The Mended Hearts, Inc.
    TH, Mar 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Joseph Wilson, MD, Surgery/Thoracic Surgery
    760-409-8538 Read More

    Alzheimer’s/Dementia Diagnosis and Current Research JS
    Joslyn Senior Center Series
    F, Mar 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
    Seymour Young, MD, Psychiatry and Neurology
    760-834-7956 Read More


    Most classes and lectures are free and early registration is recommended. For a full listing of lectures, events, programs and support groups, visit Online registration is available for most events.

    AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    JS Joselyn Senior Center

    Would you like to have someone from Eisenhower Medical Center speak to your organization on a health-related topic? Please contact Vanessa Shanks at 760-834-7956 for more information





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.