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Clinton Initiative 2014

Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

President Clinton hosted the third annual Health Mattes Conference on January 14th. The Clinton Foundation and Tenet Healthcare Corporation sponsored the event. New partnerships and commitments from, Jed Foundation, Facebook, MTV, Aspen Institute Sport and Society Program, Nike and the United States Olympic Committee, Knight Foundation, Palisades Media Ventures, James Beard Foundation, Saddleback Church, P.E.A.C.E. Center and the Daniel Plan plus others have all gotten on board for this program to work for and promote healthier living.

The conference brought together nearly 500 leaders from health care, Technology, Media, Sports, education, Businesses and public policies. The Clinton Health Matters Initiative announced more than 100 million dollars in new investments to bring health and wellness accessible and impacting more than 50 million people across the nation.

President Bill Clinton gave the opening remarks and moderated the first panel that included Tim Finchem PGA tour Commissioner. The Conference is always held during the Humana PGA Golf tournament. Chelsea Clinton was also a huge part of this event. She hosted several events outside of the Conference and was
the moderator for one of the Panels. Other notables were PGA Pro Notah Begay III, The Honorable Patrick Kennedy, Dr. Travis Stork from The Doctors TV show, and another TV icon, Montel Williams.

Physical activity was performed during breaks in the conference by Billy Blanks, Cassey Ho and Denise Austin. Each panel of experts lasted about an hour and touched everything to do with healthy living. This included drug abuse, promoting mental health care, health awareness in schools, Education, new technologies, prevention and physical activities.

A lunch was provided midday with the emphasis on a healthy meal. Chef Mary Sue Milliken from Border Grill Restaurants and Trucks explained the menu and the calorie count. President Clinton gave the closing remarks and said the Valley is a great example of the commitment to good health, and the Humana Golf Tournament is a considerable way to bring the idea of a healthy America to the people.

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