Vital Aging 2013 was held on June 13, 2013. There were approximately 1,100 participants at the Liberty Station venue and another 350 at the San Marcos Community Center. To view the keynote presentations by Deborah Szekely and Cornell McClellan, click on the video below.
Fitness Consultant and Personal Trainer to the First Family; Member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Having dedicated his life to the discipline of fitness, Cornell McClellan gives audiences the tools to make the decision to get healthy, stay healthy and to turn things around by being fully engaged, physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and fully aligned for a healthy work/life balance.
Cornell McClellan’s personal and professional philosophy on fitness is that everyone is capable of obtaining it, and being fit, healthy and well should be viewed as an everyday experience in maintaining a healthy work/life balance. As personal trainer to the First Family for more than a decade, member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and the owner of Naturally Fit, Inc., his personal training and wellness center, McClellan knows firsthand that just one small change can cause a positive ripple effect in one’s life. He gives audiences the tools to not only make the decision to get healthy and stay healthy but to turn things around by being fully engaged, physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and fully aligned to maintain the balance we all crave both in our professional and personal lives. An accomplished athlete, McClellan’s career in health and fitness began over 30 years ago when he was an avid student and later an instructor of Karate. His passion and involvement with the physical fitness of youth continues to be an important part of his life as he dedicates time and shares his expertise with young athletes from all over the city. He is also a past contributor to the Chicago Sun-Times, writing on issues of health and physical fitness.
Founder, Rancho La Puerta and Golden Door Spas
Equal parts activist and entrepreneur, 90-year-old San Diegan Deborah Szekely recently launched her most ambitious project yet: WELLNESSWARRIOR.org, a non-profit, online movement targeted at securing happier, healthier lives for Americans via policy influencing in Washington, D.C. WELLNESS WARRIOR, despite being in its formative phase, has already received national attention. It aims to rally the wellness community-especially those in the spa and fitness realm-as a united voice that can directly influence lawmakers through lobbying, campaign donations, and other efforts. It also aims to support the research and educational efforts of a host of existing organizations such as Environmental Working Group and Center for Science in the Public Interest.
She has been quoted widely, saying, "It's time to take action. I've spent 72 years teaching wellness. I've affected the lives of tens of thousands of people-but Americans are less healthy than ever. We need to own our health, respect and care for our bodies, the home in which we live and die." Deborah adds, "I believe we are building a wellness movement that will forever change our country."
Deborah Szekely is known worldwide as a true pioneer of the mind/body/ fitness movement. In 1940, she and her husband, the late Edmond Szekely (renowned health researcher, philosopher, and author), founded Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. In 1958, she alone established the world's premiere spa: the Golden Door, in Escondido, California. Today she is still active weekly at both spas and travels frequently throughout the world lecturing on the principles of living the longer, healthier life and advocating health reforms. In 2012 she was awarded Mexico's highest honor for a foreign citizen, the Order of the Aztec Eagle, by Mexican President, Felipe Calderon. In 1991, Deborah founded Eureka Communities, a national leadership training program for CEOs of nonprofit organizations. From 1984 to 1990 Mrs. Szekely was President of the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), an independent foreign assistance agency of the United States government that furthers grassroots development by awarding grants directly to the organized poor in Latin America, Caribbean, and the groups that support their efforts. As a U.S. diplomat with the IAF, she traveled to virtually all democratic countries in the Southern Hemisphere and authored program innovations that increased cost effectiveness and accountability of U.S. development efforts.
After running for Congress, Mrs. Szekely conceived and launched Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide. Now in its 11th edition, Setting Course continues as the comprehensive training and reference manual for newly elected Senators and Congress members. She is the Honorary President and Chair of Washington Spa Alliance, Washington, D.C., and a founder and "board member for life" of International Spa Association. She also currently sits on the boards of Center for Science in the Public Interest and Congressional Management Foundation.