January/February 2013: How Lucky Are We?
Of all the regions across America, the Coachella Valley was chosen for the launch of the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative. What does this mean to our community?
This means there will be a heightened awareness and action to improve health within our schools, our government, our social circles, our non-profit organizations, and our medical community. It means we will benefit from the experience of proven success and will act as a role model for other communities preparing to do the same. It means that major corporations will pledge healthier business practices and volunteer their resources to help the underserved in our area. More people will have access to health care services, and more of us will help to serve others and ourselves.
May sound too good to be true, but action is already in place. Working with the Clinton Foundation, local community leaders have established 45 health-oriented goals to be accomplished over the next 5-7 years. These goals will be achieved through “pledges” (proposed programs, not money) created by local companies, organizations and individuals like you and me. Each pledge is reviewed by the Clinton Foundation whose local team helps facilitate bringing people together for greater success. They will help us prove that systematic change can be implemented to enhance the overall health of a community.
Each and every one of us can take part. We have the enthusiasm, beautiful weather, and resources to succeed. So get creative! Log onto ClintonHealthMatters.org to read success stories. Think of a way you can create lasting change and make a pledge. Find your motivation during Humana Challenge Week (Jan. 12-20) with the Humana Well-Being Walk & Healthy Fun Fair, Farmer’s Market and PGA Tournament Play.
Stop by and see us…We look forward to hearing about your pledge!
Lauren Del Sarto