Health Matters 2013: Bill Clinton thanks Coachella Valley for welcoming him back

President Bill Clinton took the stage Tuesday morning in La Quinta for the second annual Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation.

About 400 stakeholders in various industries — education and health experts among them —

Clinton made the opening remarks after “The Biggest Loser” Jillian Michaels led attendees in a chilly morning workout.

“I want to thank everyone in the Coachella Valley for welcoming us back,” Clinton said.

Clinton talked about falling childcare obesity rates. He lamented the link between the economy and healthcare; that employers cannot increase wages because of the high costs of healthcare.

Then he singled out a 14-year-old boy in the audience named Carter who worked with his mom to create a device that helps infuse water with fruit. All conference attendees will get one.

“We don’t need a government solution to all these things,” Clinton said. “There are things we can do together that will make a difference.”

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