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Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter
Topics: Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Cancer, One of TV's favorite mothers, Meredith appeared on the popular show, "Family Ties". While performing critically acclaimed comedic and dramatic roles in TV and over 50 movies, Meredith Baxter also battled alcoholism, breast cancer, domestic abuse, and other challenges while raising five children. Now a cancer survivor, successful entrepreneur, and recovering alcoholic for 20 years, she also recently released her memoir. From fame to floundering and back, she offers an inspiring story of courage, hope, self-acceptance and happiness. Her upbeat, winning style that earned her the admiration of fans is now a part of her presentation to audiences across the country.

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Paul Brenner, MD, PhD
Paul Brenner, MD, PhD
A Psychosocial Oncologist at UCSD Health System/San Diego Cancer Center, Dr. Brenner has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He was the moderator of the PBS series, "Healing Through Communication," and is the author of Health is a Question of Balance, Seeing Your Life Through New Eyes, and Buddha in the Waiting Room. For the past 50 years, he has been in search of "what makes an individual chronically ill or well." This has taken him through the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgical Oncology to Counseling Psychology, from birth to death. He believes the answer can finally be found in the new field of Epigenetics - the study of those environmental factors that effect the expression of a gene.

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Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Dr. Carroll is the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has published some of the seminal work on various types of health care reform, and continues to be a sought after speaker on cost, quality and access -and the Affordable Care Act and its implications for our future. Considered one of the leading pediatric informaticists in the U.S. he has received millions of dollars in grants to explore the use of information technology in health care. Dr. Carroll was the Primary Investigator on a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the true impact of malpractice claims on the practice of medicine.

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Bruce Clark, DPH
Bruce Clark, DPH
Co-founder of Age Wave and Impact Presentations Group, Dr. Bruce Clark has emerged as one of the nation's leading authorities on the healthcare, social, financial and marketing implications of the "aging of America." Appearing frequently in national media, one of his most prominent accomplishments has been the production of the 20-part PBS series "Caring for an Aging Society." In his entertaining and commanding presentations, Dr. Clark combines a dynamism and wit that is uniquely enriched by his research-based knowledge about physicians, patients, and healthcare organizations.

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Tracey Cleantis, LMFT
Tracey Cleantis, LMFT
Tracey Cleantis, LMFT, is in private practice and also writes for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and on her own blog, "La Belette Rouge," where she combines her humor and expertise in helping people in desperate pain get to the other side of impossible, and she does so with the kind of straight talk that's counterintuitive in this "never ever give up" culture. Her programs provide a practical roadmap through loss and grief of all kinds -- including infertility, divorce, death of a loved one, career loss, and even loss of a dream like being an astronaut, an actor, or a player in the NBA.

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Meryl Comer
Meryl Comer
Meryl Comer is an Emmy award-winning reporter, producer, moderator & talk show host with more than 30 years of broadcast journalism experience. She is President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative & New York Times bestselling author of Slow Dancing with a Stranger. She offers insight and guidance for navigating Alzheimer's challenges and an urgent call to action for intensive research and a warning that we must prepare for the future, instead of being controlled by a disease and a healthcare system unable to fight it.

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Tracey Conway
Tracey Conway
Emmy award-winning actress Tracey Conway, inspires both belly laughs and tears as she relates the circumstances and details of her deadly cardiac arrest and subsequent recovery at age 38. Audiences continue to be affected by Conway's powerful and unique program, "Drop Dead Gorgeous." She shares the lessons she learned in those literally heart-stopping moments - not only about heart disease, but also what she has come to value most given a very rare second chance at life. Whether she's detailing her whirlwind appearance on "Oprah," or explaining the cardiac arrhythmia Ventricular Fibrillation, Conway's delivery is captivating, effervescent, intimate, and guaranteed to touch hearts, minds, and funny-bones.

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Tony Dow
Tony Dow
Topics: Depression, Mental Health Advocacy, Few Hollywood celebrities have a more compelling story than Tony Dow. A two time cancer survivor who also has successfully battled depression, the former star of "Leave It To Beaver" has been an advocate for mental health for many years. He has testified before Congress, was a spokesperson at the national convention of the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, and was the subject of a documentary on KQED-TV about the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Dow has made tremendous progress and his story is inspiring to all audiences.

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Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabares
Best known as the savvy Christine on the television series, "Coach," Shelley Fabares has been an actress since the age of three. She was the teenage daughter on "The Donna Reed Show" for eight seasons; starred in teen-oriented films of the 60's, as well as in three Elvis Presley movies; and had a hit record, "Johnny Angel," which sold over a million copies. Fabares, whose mother suffered from Alzheimer's, is the spokesperson for the National Alzheimer's Association and is President of the Board of Directors for the Donna Reed Foundation. Following her own successful liver transplant in 2000, Fabares is also working nationally with the American Liver Foundation in promoting organ donation and liver disease awareness.

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Susan Ford Bales
Susan Ford Bales
Presidential daughter and advocate for awareness of substance abuse, breast cancer and her own experience with heart disease. .The daughter of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, Susan Ford Bales' adolescence was spent in the White House during one of the most turbulent times in American history. In addition to speaking about living in the White House, Bales also addresses the impact of substance abuse on her family. She is also one of the nation's most visible advocates for breast cancer awareness, and shares her own story of experiencing cardiac arrest in 2010.

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Cynthia Green, PhD
Cynthia Green, PhD
One of America's foremost memory fitness and brain health experts, Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D. is a speaker, author and spokesperson, currently serving on the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she founded The Memory Enhancement Program. The success of this widely praised program led to the publication of Dr. Green's popular self-help book, Total Memory Workout: 8 Easy Steps to Maximum Memory Fitness, which is now in its tenth printing and has been translated into four languages. Her book, Brainpower Game Plan: Food, Moves, and Games to Clear Brain Fog, Boost Memory, and Age-Proof Your Mind in 4 Weeks, features a 30-day "game plan" that trains and encourages adults to build better brain health habits.

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Joe Greer, MD
Joe Greer, MD
At the Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony President Barack Obama said, 'It's a life that might be distilled into a question Dr. Greer asks all of us: 'If we don't fight injustice, who will?' In 1994 Joe was named by Time magazine as one of "America's 50 Young American Leaders Under 40" as well as receiving the CBS/Newsweek Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center. He was one of 10 recipients of the Caring Award based on his vision of a clinic to treat the poor and homeless populations of Miami, later chronicled in his book: "Waking up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need It Most."

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Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Topics: health, fitness, aging, wellness, women's health, Inspirational host of a popular web series focusing on "embracing your age" for AARP, Barbara Hannah Grufferman wrote "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More." the best-selling resource for women. A nationally recognized expert on positive aging, she writes the highly regarded front-page "Life After 50" column for Huffington Post, a weekly column for AARP, and is Positive Living Expert for GLOW Health & Wellness Magazine. She is a frequent guest on national and local radio and television shows. Her message to audiences is simple: "We can't control getting older . . but . . . we can control how we do it."

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Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D., a psychiatrist, author, and professional speaker says that "When we heal in community it actually makes a healthy outcome more likely, because everyone has a stake in the outcome." He is an authority in health and wellness, healing, leadership, authenticity and surviving in rapidly changing times. A master storyteller, he uses his stories to illustrate that the future of healthcare rests in the ability of community to provide for prevention of disease.

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Jane Heller
Jane Heller
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jane Heller has sold many of her thirteen romantic comedies to Hollywood, but in her personal life she was catapulted into the world of caregiving by becoming a caregiver for her husband, just like her mother did before her to her husband. Her critically acclaimed new book, "You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits," chronicles her candid, often hilarious and always inspiring journey from novice caregiver to 20-year veteran. She speaks passionately about the caregiving experience, whether one is caring for a child with autism or an aging parent with Alzheimer's. She delivers, as Library Journal put it, "a valuable, virtual support group."

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Melina Jampolis, MD
Melina Jampolis, MD
An internist and board certified MD nutrition specialist, Dr. Melina currently serves as the diet and fitness expert for CNNHealth.com, is on the medical advisory board of Better Homes & Gardens, and frequently appears on the Huffington Post. She was named 1 of 35 "Diet and Nutrition Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter." Dr. Melina's focus is on an optimal diet that can supply the basic needs of the body and fortify the body's defenses - improving health, increasing vitality, delivering greater longevity and preventing diseases associated with aging including heart disease, age related muscle loss & fat gain, memory loss, dementia & Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and the physical effects of aging.

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Stephen Kiernan
Stephen Kiernan
A prolific writer and award-winning journalist, Stephen Kiernan's true-life stories focus on the disparities in healthcare, and a sense of disconnection that people feel distress, anxiety, and prolonged belief that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Brought to the stage in word and video, his program is inspirational, educational and defines a path we can follow in sustaining the strength of our country. Stephen features individuals whose work made economic, as well as humanitarian, sense. Also their projects could be replicated in other communities. An uplifting message delivering positive results!

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John Larroquette
John Larroquette
Topic: Substance Abuse, In 1973, Larroquette decided that acting was what he should be doing. Smalll movie parts gave way to his breakthrough in 1983 with the role of philandering but harmless prosecutor Dan Fielding on the hit sitcom "Night Court," a part that earned him four consecutive Emmy Awards. Larroquette took enough time off from the series to appear in a string of movies, and in 1993 he got his own series, "The John Larroquette Show." It allowed him to play a recovering alcoholic, a role that wasn't much of a stretch. Since then John has appeared on "Boston Legal", hosted the A&E show, "The incurable Collector". and is now on Broadway starring in "How to Succeed."

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Jennie Nash
Jennie Nash
Her third book, The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer is far more than a memoir of illness, Nash tells the story of how she became a wise old woman at a tender young age, and shows us how adversity can make us all wise if we only let it. On stage, Jennie brings her story to life, skillfully guiding audiences through laughter, tears and the inspiration to find out what cancer can mean in their own lives and in the lives of those they love.

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Darryle Pollack
Darryle Pollack
Darryle Pollack is an author and "accidental " artist whose inspiring journey has made her a role model for resilience, authenticity and vitality. Her life has included a series of pioneering experiences: at Yale, in television journalism, health and social media. At the same time, challenges including Stage III breast cancer caused Darryle to say "I never signed up for this" so often, those words are the title of her TED talk, her book and her blog. An online influencer and thought leader, she mines her own life experiences and expertise to deliver her platform messages with humor, humanity, and hope.

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Travis Stork, MD
Travis Stork, MD
Emergency Room Physician and Emmy-nominated co-host of the award-winning talk show "The Doctors," Dr. Travis Stork is on a mission to put the "health" back into "Healthcare." He is the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for MDLIVE and also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Men's Health Magazine where he writes a monthly column. Dr. Stork is The New York Times bestselling author of "The Lean Belly Prescription" and "The Doctor Is In: A 7-Step Prescription for Optimal Wellness." Released January 2014 is his NY Times best selling book "The Doctors Diet" designed to help readers lose weight, restore health, prevent disease and add years to your life!

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Art Ulene, MD
Art Ulene, MD
Since 1975, Dr. Art Ulene has spearheaded the use of media and technology to promote public health. He appeared regularly on NBC's "TODAY Show" for 23 years, and led several nationwide health campaigns in collaboration with the American Medical Association. In 2010, Ulene founded BUCKAPOUND.com, a unique web-based weight loss program for the worksite, and currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. Ulene takes healthy aging to new heights, inspired by his own 75th birthday celebration at the 19,340 foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. His direct style inspires and challenges audiences to action. He currently serves on the Board of Councilors for the USC Davis School of Gerontology, and the Advisory Board for the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University.

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Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won numerous distinguished teaching awards for his work. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. In 2006, he was Head Teaching Fellow for "Positive Psychology," the most popular course at Harvard at the time. In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think Inc. to share his research with a wider population. When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Shawn was immediately called in as an expert by the world's largest banks to help restart forward progress. Subsequently, Shawn has spoken in 45 countries to a wide variety of audiences: bankers on Wall Street, students in Dubai, CEOs in Zimbabwe. Shawn's research on happiness and human potential has received attention from the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR.

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Marc Agronin, MD
Marc Agronin, MD
A 2011 feature article in the New York Times described Marc Agronin, MD as "a rare breed even in Florida, which has the highest proportion of people older than 65." This award-winning doctor and author is one of only 17 board-certified geriatric psychiatrists in all of Florida. The wealth of knowledge and experience is recorded in his acclaimed book "How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old," a book that the Economist magazine praised as optimistic, heartwarming and even mystical. Dr. Agronin's work has been featured on numerous shows including NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation. Dr. Agronin brings his warmth, wisdom and sense of humanity to his talks on what it means to grow old and how we all have unimaginable potential not in spite of age, but because of it.

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Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He has published 26 books including the New York Times bestsellers Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; Healing ADD; and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of several very popular public-television specials. Dr. Amen spearheads the groundbreaking Amen Clinics' retired NFL player brain imaging study.

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Holly Atkinson, MD
Holly Atkinson, MD
Always candid, never afraid to "tell it like it is," Dr. Holly Atkinson guides audiences through the challenges that consumers face today including health care reform, women's health issues and the glut of medical information reported in the media. She sends her audiences home with the ability to be more intelligent about exercising their health care options, and more informed and less confused about medical issues currently confronting them. Award-winning medical journalist, Dr. Atkinson is currently medical editor-in-chief of EverydayHealth.com, one of the leading health sites on the Internet. She is immediate past-president of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning non-profit organization, Physicians for Human Rights.

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Robyn Benincasa
Robyn Benincasa
2014 CNN Hero, World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer, NT Times Bestselling Author, Founder of the 501c3 Project Athena Foundation, 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler, Proud Owner of 2 Metal 'Bionic Hips' and Full Time San Diego Firefighter Robyn Benincasa definitely knows a thing or two about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Life Network, PBS and FOX have all featured Robyn and her amazing accomplishments. Add to those network credits editorials in Fast Company, Sport Illustrated, Vogue, Corporate & Incentive Travel, The New York Times, Outside, and Harper's Bazaar, and it's no surprise your meeting will be electrifying!

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Joan Borysenko, PhD
Joan Borysenko, PhD
Dr. Joan Borysenko has a powerfully clear personal vision: to bring science, medicine, psychology and spirituality together in the service of healing. Trained as both a medical scientist and a psychologist, Dr. Borysenko has gone beyond her traditional academic training and developed depth and breadth in a number of fields, including behavioral medicine, stress and well-being, psychoneuroimmunology, and women's health. On the leading edge of the mind/body revolution, she has become a world-renowned spokesperson for this new approach to health, sharing her pioneering work with a gentle graciousness, enthusiasm and humility.

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Rick Brinkman, ND
Rick Brinkman, ND
Co-author of the international bestseller, Dealing With People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, Dr. Rick Brinkman has been sharing his human behavior insights and practical communication strategies in his trademark entertaining and educational style since 1980. Following his residency in obstetrics and psychology, Dr. Brinkman went into private practice, and his success there led him to further study communication and the effect it has on our quality of life. His communication programs receive high marks in topics pertaining to patient service, safety and leadership where he is invited back for repeat performances across the U.S.

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Joan Brock
Joan Brock
Working as a teacher of the blind at The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, Joan Brock was forced to re-evaluate and transform her life when she lost her own vision in a mere three-week period of time. Through this difficult transition, Brock applied the skills she had been teaching to her own circumstances, and from there, discovered a natural transition to a professional speaking career. In her individually tailored presentations, Brock offers the benefit of her own experience as she addresses the topics of communication and dealing with change.

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Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner
What do Seventh-Day Adventists in California, the residents of Sardinia, Italy and the inhabitants of the islands of Okinawa, Japan have in common? They enjoy the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. Dan Buettner assembled a team of researchers to seek out these "hotspots of human health and vitality," which he calls Blue Zones, and to figure out what they do that helps them live so long. A world-renowned explorer and a writer for National Geographic, he travels the world seeking out new Blue Zones (he's found five, to date) and speaking at seminars and on TV, sharing the habits that lead to long life.

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Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
With an illustrious career encompassing stage, film, and television, Ellen Burstyn won the Tony Award as "Best Actress" for her starring role in "Same Time, Next Year," but it was her Academy Award-winning performance in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" for which Burstyn is best known. Lecturing throughout the country on a wide range of topics, Burstyn is especially committed to women's health issues and domestic violence awareness. She also shares her personal story of overcoming substance abuse and dealing with a family member who suffered from depression.

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Scott Burton
Scott Burton
Scott Burton presents an upbeat, empowering and inspiring program on finding value and passion in life and on the job. He is a headlining comic and bestselling author who has worked with Seinfeld and Leno, written for prime-time television, and is a World-champion juggler. At the age of 30, he was diagnosed with a high grade, stage four cancer. What Burton found in the battle was not loss, but life! He turned his fears into strength, his tragedy to comedy. This is not a talk about cancer - it's a talk about potential. Burton's high-energy and very entertaining program goes beyond the fear of cancer or struggle in life and calls for joy, laughter, and expression of self every day.

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Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
A humorist, internationally recognized expert in therapeutic humor, and former nurse, Karyn Buxman began her career in speaking when she realized it didn't require white support pantyhose, didn't involve body fluids, and didn't have to be done in 12-hour shifts. President of HUMORx and an active member of both the Applied Sciences for Therapeutic Humor and International Society of Humor Studies, Buxman shows people how to use humor for stress management, manage conflict with humor, increase creativity through laughter and play and in dealing with disease like diabetes. Her mission: To improve global health, prevent diseases like diabetes, heart and stroke, cancer and to heal the humor-impaired!

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Cris Carter
Cris Carter
One of the most illustrious pass catchers in NFL history, former Minnesota Vikings star receiver Cris Carter is now a weekly commentator on HBO's "Inside the NFL." Overcoming substance abuse, addiction, and family problems, Carter established a foundation for underprivileged children, as well as the Viking Super Challenge, which challenges students to stay in school and away from drugs. But Carter believes his most significant contributions continue to be made off the field, through public speaking about drug awareness.

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Terri Cheney
Terri Cheney
Hollywood entertainment lawyer and author of two books, Terri Cheney wrote a searing account of her struggles dealing with mental illness and bipolar disorder. Her book, "Manic" became a New York Times best-seller and was optioned by HBO. Her new book, "The Dark Side of Innocence -- Growing Up Bipolar" has also received rave reviews. Terri received the 2011 Imagine award from the International Bipolar Foundation. She currently writes a monthly blog for the popular website, Psychology Today.com.

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Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper 360, a fast-paced weeknight news program, affords Anderson the platform to address the issues facing Americans today. He's faced quite a few himself. Born into a family of wealth and fame, watching his father die during open heart surgery after a series of heart attacks, and living through the tragedy of losing his older brother to suicide brought Anderson to a better understanding of loss and survival. He chronicled his stories in his best-seller Dispatches from the Edge.

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Andy Core
Andy Core
Wellness expert, professional speaker, and media personality Andy Core works with organizations and individuals who want to maximize their health and productivity, save thousands of healthcare dollars, and gain a definitive edge in today's competitive marketplace. Core has spent the past 15 years researching ways to become healthy, energized, and better equipped to thrive in today's hectic society. A "healthy-lifestyle realist," he teaches principles that help people feel how they want to feel, look how they want to look, and enjoy the comforts of a healthy body. And by doing this he helps organizations build teams that cost less, have better attitudes, and accomplish more.

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Roger Crawford
Roger Crawford
Born with severe physical disabilities, Roger Crawford notes that his parents were told that he would never walk. But against all odds, Crawford focused on his strengths, conquered his challenges to become an award-winning college athlete at Loyola Marymount University, where he was the first and only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in a Division 1 college sport. Named by Sports Illustrated as "one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world," Crawford uses courage, passion, humor and hard-won wisdom to inspire audiences to reevaluate their own limitations - real or imagined.

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William Davis, MD
William Davis, MD
According to Dr. William Davis, saying goodbye to all things wheat provides outsized and unexpected health benefits, from weight loss, to relief from acid reflux and bowel urgency, to reversal of diabetes, migraine headaches, and learning disabilities in children. Author of the #1 New york Times bestselling book, Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health," he has helped spark a nationwide reconsideration of the conventional advice to "eat more healthy whole grains." Formerly an interventional cardiologist, he now confines his practice to prevention and reversal of coronary disease. When Dr. Davis set out to understand why removing wheat yielded such unexpected health transformations, he discovered that the wheat of today is nothing like the wheat of 40 years ago, having undergone extensive genetic change. In his presentations, Dr. Davis discusses how understanding this enormous societal issue carries profound implications for the health of individuals.

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Aubrey de Grey
Aubrey de Grey
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation dedicated to combating the aging process.

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Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer
An on-air correspondent with PBS' "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," Susan Dentzer leads a unit dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of healthcare, health policy. She is regular analyst and commentator on CNN and National Public Radio.. Formerly the chief economics correspondent and economics columnist for U.S. News & World Report, she reported extensively on the debate over reforming and partially "privatizing" Social Security and over such health policy issues as regulation of managed care and aging issues. She is Senior Policy Advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Laurie Dhue
Laurie Dhue
Veteran broadcast journalist and host of the investigative program "For the Record" on TheBlaze TV. - For more than 15 years, anchor Laurie Dhue lived a double life, struggling with acute alcoholism while holding down several high profile broadcasting jobs for Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. Her addiction nearly killed her-- until one day she decided to save her life. She has been clean and sober for more than six years and shares her experience, strength and hope to help shed light on a disease that affects tens of millions of Americans. By overcoming her greatest fear, living without alcohol, Laurie is a testament to the power of determination, willingness, honesty and love. Happy, joyous and free, Laurie is living a life beyond her wildest dreams, thanks to her journey of recovery. Her courageous story will inspire you!

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Alice Domar, PhD
Alice Domar, PhD
A pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to women's health issues, Dr. Alice Domar is founder and director of the Mind/Body Center for Women's Health at Boston IVF. Named to the prestigious list of 15 "Women to Watch in 2004" by Lifetime Television, Dr. Domar has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments as a best-selling author, media authority and sought-after public speaker. She serves on the advisory board for Parents Magazine, Health Magazine, Conceive Magazine, and Resolve. Dr. Domar has earned an international reputation as one of the country's top women's health experts. She presents lectures and workshops on a variety of women's issues.

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Hugh Downs
Hugh Downs
With a distinguished 64-year career in radio and television, Hugh Downs is best known as the longtime anchor of ABC's primetime news magazine "20/20." The recipient of six Emmy Awards, Downs is the author of ten books, including Potential, a psychological study of emotional maturing, and Thirty Dirty Lies About Old, which debunks the myths of aging. He holds a post masters degree in gerontology from Hunter College, honorary doctorates from four universities, and a Certificate in Geriatric Medicine for Continuing Medical Education Geriatric Review Courses at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.

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Patty Duke
Patty Duke
With her Oscar-winning portrayal of blind, mute and deaf Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," Patty Duke was recognized as one of America's finest young talents. As a teenager, she enjoyed success in "The Patty Duke Show" and has continued to delight and challenge audiences for more than 40 years with her work in movies and on television. Since the publication of her second autobiographical book, A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness, Duke has spent a great deal of time speaking on the topic of mental illness, bipolar disorder and depression.

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Ken Dychtwald, PhD
Ken Dychtwald, PhD
Over the past 30 years, Ken Dychtwald has emerged as the nation's foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing and workforce implications of the "age wave." He is a psychologist, gerontologist and author of ten books on aging-related issues, including the bestseller, Age Wave, and his latest, Age Power: How the 21st Century will be Ruled by the New Old. Through his sought-after presentations, breakthrough research, consulting initiatives, and leadership within both the social science and business communities, Dychtwald has dedicated his life to battling against stereotypes while promoting a new and vital image of maturity.

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Jill Eikenberry
Jill Eikenberry
Best known for her role on television's "L.A. Law," Jill Eikenberry's current role is that of breast cancer activist. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984, it was her fear that she could die from breast cancer that spurred Eikenberry not only to make major changes in her life, but to share the results. Often partnered by her husband, actor Michael Tucker, the two have been named official spokespersons for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a national organization dedicated to the advancement of breast cancer education, research and treatment.

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Linda Ellerbee
Linda Ellerbee
Enlightening and entertaining audiences for more than 25 years, Linda Ellerbee is best known as the former anchor of the late-night news program "NBC News Overnight" who is now producer of the highly-acclaimed "Nick News" on Nickelodian. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Ellerbee underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy, and has since been telling her story of living with breast cancer. Using her trademark wit and wisdom, she describes the often amusing yet always heartfelt reactions of her friends, family and colleagues when they heard of her diagnosis. Her personal story of battling the disease is a source of inspiration and strength to many.

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 Emme
Emme
Emme, cancer survivor, supermodel, television personality, author, lecturer, creative director for her clothing lines, and nationally recognized women's advocate for positive body image and self esteem has a clear mission: to awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us. It's no wonder People magazine selected her twice as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" and Ladies' Home Journal chose her as one of the "Most Important Women in America" and one of the "Most Fascinating Women of the Year." And the accolades don't stop there: she was honored as a Glamour magazine "Woman of the Year" and as one of Biography magazine's "25 Most Influential Women."

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