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President Bill Clinton visits the desert

President Bill Clinton visits the desert
President Bill Clinton ~Photo Pat Krause
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President Bill Clinton gave opening remarks at the Clinton Foundation Health Forum that was held at the Renaissance Esmeralda on Tuesday, January 17th. The event kicked off the Humana Challenge Golf Tournament in partnership with PGA Tour, Clinton Foundation and Humana. Topics included Health Matters and Activating Wellness in Every Generation.

Noted Speakers included President William Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Goldie Hawn, Tennis Star BIllie Jean King, Golfers Annika Sorenstam and Notah Begay ll, Nancy Sneiderman from NBC News, commissioner PGA Tour, Tim Finchem and many other key health participants. CEO’s Doctors, Sports figures, and others representing foundations for health and wellness and experts in the field spoke to the guests.

Annika Sorenstam spoke about her dedication to children and her connection to the First Tee Program, Notah Begay told of his plans to help the many Indian Tribes and their welfare, Goldie Hawn has a program to help children do better by understanding their own brain and how it works. Each person had either a foundation or program they were working on or trying to promote.

President Bill Clinton talked his connection to Bob Hope and the friendship they had. He said Bob Hope walked an hour a day, Rain or shine in every country or place he entertained. He played golf with Bob Hope when he was 95 and was awed by the dedication Mr. Hope had to fitness. President Clinton told about the obesity in our children today and also in the adult population. It impacts our every day life and costs billions in health care that could be avoided by a healthier lifestyle. He talked with Coke,Pepsi and others to lower the sugar content in soda’s for schools and it was accomplished.

Other speakers spoke about their about how they are working to make Americans more health conscience and the steps they are taking to help our children become healthier and slimmer. Others spoke about what is needed in our schools, businesses and homes to help make our nations people live a healthier life style and told of the rewards that come with that in the way people live.

A very healthy breakfast, lunch and break foods were supplied to all those lucky enough to be able to be at this conference. Guests took away many ideas to work with. Most of the comments stated it all could be done by communities and getting people willing to work with them.

All Photos by Pat Krause Copyright 2012