Jan 11
January 11, 2013

Improving Community Health in Palm Springs


Photo: In December, the Clinton Foundation hosted a blueprint development session for the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI). The session convened local health and wellness leaders to outline the goals of CHMI and the health status of the Coachella Valley. In December, the City of Palm Springs made a commitment with CHMI on how to improve the health and well-being of its community. 

The City of Palm Springs was founded 75 years ago by a group of innovative pioneers focused on health and wellness and since that time Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley have become world famous not only for our year-round sunshine and a relaxed desert lifestyle, but also for a quality of life and tourism base that revolves around health and wellbeing.

Since I was elected Mayor in 2007, I have made it my passion to educate our residents about the importance of eating right and leading a healthy lifestyle. An avid runner and the parent of two youngsters, I have come to realize just how important it is that our children learn these lessons through role models like parents, teachers and friends – and that we must all lead by example.

With that in mind, earlier this year the City of Palm Springs took the first step in this endeavor by initiating the inaugural “Mayor’s Healthy Planet, Healthy You 1K, 5K, 7 Mile Race and Wellness Festival” to fight childhood obesity. More than 400 residents and visitors participated and more than $100,000 was raised for childhood obesity programs in Palm Springs.

The seeds were sewn – and this year’s event will be bigger, better, and more impactful to the entire community thanks to the City’s new commitment with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. I am thrilled that the Clinton Foundation has chosen Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley as a beacon of health and wellness – and through our commitment, I am confident that Palm Springs will become an even stronger role model when it comes to healthy communities leading by example.

This year’s race and wellness festival is slated for Saturday, April 20, 2013 – and in the words of one of our most famous former residents, the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra… “The best is yet to come!”