Health Matters 2013: Coachella Valley as ‘ground zero’ for healthy changes

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The Coachella Valley is “ground zero” for wellness — as proven by an unprecedented partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Desert Healthcare District Vice President Kay Hazen said Tuesday.

Hazen introduced a panel on “Healthy Communities” at the second-annual “Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation” conference.

President Bill Clinton is hosting the conference at the La Quinta Resort and Club.

Since the conference last year, the district has partnered with Clinton’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation to fund a full-time healthy schools relationship manager.

Every school in the valley has agreed to create a wellness council, too, and programming will expand to every school over the next four years, Hazen said.

“This is the first time that this opportunity for the Alliance — to reach every school within a confined geographical region — has been to put to the test,” Hazen said.

Hazen thanked the Clinton Foundation for the “inspiration and the support” to make behavioral, policy and systematic changes to fight obesity and related health problems.

“Together, we’ll move the needle in a positive and healthy direction toward wellness,” she said.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation aims to combat childhood obesity and is a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

CVWD and Desert Healthcare District board elections final results

The final figures are in, and while the numbers changed, the results remain the same.

For the Coachella Valley Water District board election, Edwin “Ed” Pack racked up 39.33 percent of the vote, beating out Mark Fell and Sergio Nunez to take Corky Larson’s seat. The retired firefighter, who has city council and water board experience from his time in Hesperia, has said finding solutions for the Salton Sea will be his top priority.

At the Desert Healthcare District, newcomer Dr. William Grimm, a Palm Springs primary care physician, scored 26.74 percent of the vote, topping the list of five candidates for three seats on the board. The number 2 and 3 spots went to incumbents Dr. Michael Solomon, with 22.46 percent, and Mark Matthews, with 18.96 percent.