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For President Clinton, life after Washington has been devoted to his foundation and causes close to his heart. He has crisscrossed the globe, visiting 84 countries and using his powerful influence to bring together world leaders and business icons to brainstorm solutions to some of the world's most urgent problems—poverty, global warming and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

When President George W. Bush asked his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and President Clinton to join forces, the two former opponents helped raise close to $1 billion for tsunami and Hurricane Katrina relief.

Presdient Clinton is also leading the charge against a new threat to America's young people—childhood obesity. He had battled his own weight as a child and received a wake-up call after a serious heart attack and subsequent quadruple bypass surgery. "I'd always been interested in sports and athletics and I'd been regularly running since 1971," he says. "But when I had this heart attack, I realized it was because of eating habits, in part, this heart problem I had because I had very high cholesterol and blockage, but the blockage grew out of decades of bad eating habits."

President Clinton has since teamed up with the American Heart Association to promote healthier eating habits in children. "If the present trends continue, this generation of young people could be the first to have shorter life expectancies than their parents," he says.

Learn more about the William J. Clinton Foundation at ClintonFoundation.org.
FROM: Former President Bill Clinton's New Passion and Andre Agassi
Published on September 04, 2007


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