Exciting News: Our Very Own Fitness Director, Valeria Batross, Has Been Nominated for the Desert Health Wellness Award

Valeria knew at an early age that health and wellness were her path to making a difference in the lives of others.

Valeria came to Palm Springs from Peru at 15 years old. The very next day a family friend took her to the gym. That was it. She knew immediately she had found her passion.

In the Fall of 2017 Valeria became our Fitness Director. She came here with a vision for our community. Her vision was, and still is, to make Sun City Shadow Hills the BEST Health and Wellness facility in the entire valley.

Valeria defines wellness as a balanced state of mind and body that begins with mindset. The backbone of her vision is to bring conscious awareness to residents seeking health and wellness. Her vision plays out in the life-enhancing practices, in addition to fitness classes, that she continues to bring to our community.

Rich Smetana, the General Manager of SCSH had this to say about her nomination:

"Valeria is a great asset to Sun City Shadow Hills. She has successfully increased our resident's awareness of the Health and Fitness programs we provide. We have received many compliments on her selection of fitness instructors and the addition of wellness programs and lectures. We wish her all the best in the Desert Health Wellness Awards."

Valeria is honored by this nomination and greatly appreciates the support of our community.

Winners will be selected by the Desert Health Executive Committee. Comments on the Desert Health website are welcomed. If you’d like to learn more about this award and make a comment, click here:


Submitted by Kris Downey
Member of the Information Advisory Committee