NBC Fitness Star Kicks Off Clinton Health Conference In La Quinta
LA QUINTA - Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels of NBC's The Biggest Loser warmed up the crowd outside the La Quinta Resort & Club Tuesday morning before Former President Bill Clinton's second annual Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation conference.
The event brings together more than 400 stakeholders from the worlds of health care, public policy, business, education, individual wellness, and sports to identify strategies to promote and improve individual healthy lifestyles in the home, the community, and the workplace.
Based on the success of last year's conference, the Clinton Foundation launched its newest initiative, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), in November 2012. CHMI is a national initiative building on the Clinton Foundation's work on global health and childhood obesity that will work to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States by developing and implementing a variety of evidence-based individual, systems, and investment strategies. CHMI is supported by its partners GE, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, the conference's presenting sponsor, and Verizon. Each partner will leverage their unique expertise to promote healthy lifestyles across generations. By working directly with individuals, communities, corporations, and national organizations to help them take action to contribute to the health of others, CHMI will advance community health by closing gaps in health disparities and focusing efforts in underserved areas. CHMI will also activate individuals to lead healthier lives by providing an online platform to connect people with local, scalable solutions led by healthy change agents. Since its launch in November 2012, CHMI has generated 25 pledges from corporations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals that will lead to more than a $50 million investment in health and wellness and impact more than 17 million people.
Health Matters immediately precedes the Humana Challenge PGA TOUR event, in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation, formerly the Bob Hope Classic. The conference highlights the tournament's commitment to health and well-being, and builds on the work of the Clinton Foundation, which has a mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, protect the environment, and promote healthier childhoods and health and wellness.
Conference participants include President Clinton; Reed Alexander, Actor and Celebrity Food Chef; Dr. Kelvin Baggett, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Tenet Healthcare Corporation; Don Berwick, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Dan Buettner, Founder, Blue Zones; Carolyn Caldwell, CEO, Desert Regional Medical Center; Dr. Deepak Chopra, Founder, The Chopra Foundation; Chelsea Clinton, Board of Directors, William J. Clinton Foundation; Tom Colicchio, Chef and Owner Craft Restaurants & 'wichcraft; Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner; Eduardo Garcia, Mayor, City of Coachella, California; Lorena Garcia, Restaurateur, TV Host and Author; Dr. Glen Grayman, President, Desert Healthcare District and Health Assessment Resource Center; Vinod Gupta, Managing General Partner, Everest Financial; Kay Hazen, Vice President, Desert Healthcare Foundation; Carolyn Jackson, CEO, St. Christopher's Children's Hospital; Ray Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department; Michael McCallister, Chairman of the Board, Humana Inc.; Gary Mendell, Addiction Health Advocate; Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, Director, Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center; Jillian Michaels, Fitness Expert and Wellness Coach; Senator Christopher Murphy, U.S. Senator, Connecticut; Dr. Dean Ornish, Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Gary Player, International Ambassador of Golf; Christy Porter, Founder and Executive Director, Hidden Harvest; Stephen Pougnet, Mayor, Palm Springs, California; Mike Roberts, CEO, LYFE Kitchen Restaurants; Dr. David Satcher, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine and 16th Surgeon General of the United States; Kristin Armstrong Savola, 2x Olympic Gold Medal Cyclist; John Schwarzlose, President and CEO, Betty Ford Center; Susan Siegel, Corporate Vice President GE and CEO, GE healthymagination; Ryan Sistare, Renaissance Hotel Complex General Manager, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor, NBC Universal; Barbra Streisand, Philanthropist and Actress; Andrea Thomas, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Walmart; Haile Thomas, Youth Advisory Board,Alliance for a Healthier Generation; Dr. Peter Tippett, Chief Medical Officer, VP of Innovation, Verizon; and Casey Wasserman, Chairman and CEO, Wasserman Media Group.
The conference is also being webcast live at http://www.clintonfoundation.org/healthmatters2013. Viewers can follow the discussion and submit questions @ClintonTweet by using the hashtag #HealthMatters2013 and follow conference highlights on President Clinton's Facebook page. For more information visit online at: www.clintonhealthmatters.org, www.humanachallenge.com and www.clintonfoundation.org.