Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Featured Speaker at Chiropractic Conference

For the 12th consecutive year, global superstar and chiropractic supporter, and now Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the featured speaker at the International Chiropractors Association's (ICA) Symposium on Natural Fitness held March 5-6, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio.

Talking with over 400 participants Governor Schwarzenegger told the group: "I am honored to be back with you also to celebrate this excellent weekend yet again. We share a common mission, which is health and fitness for all. Such a great partner the ICA is on this. I look ahead to doing this with the ICA for countless years to come" Arnold then explained his reasoning for choosing the office of Governor by saying, "Many folks have asked about why I would surrender all of the advantages of being a movie star, the attention, the $30 million per movie, along with the freedom as being a private citizen to become Governor of California. I will tell you that being Governor is the greatest thing I could ever be doing because helping people, serving all of the people, and making a difference in peoples' lives means more to me than walking down a red carpet at another movie premiere. It's just like what you do as chiropractors; change lives by helping people heal and feel better, making it possible to live fuller lives. This I know from my own, personal experience with chiropractic and I am very grateful for what you've done for me and for so many millions of people all over the world."

He continued to state, "It is also extremely important for me to give something back to the community because all that I have, all of my success, I owe to America and the opportunities which were made available to me in this great country. When I saw California in such difficult circumstances, I had to do something about it personally, to try my best to find solutions also to help rebuild what is the greatest state in the country. We all need to acknowledge our responsibility to help those that need a little extra the aid of us. As doctors I hope you will reach out to those that need help from you, who might be having hard times, and do what you are able to assist them to back to health and to tell them that your profession and the community cares about them as people" Governor Schwarzenegger also thanked the ICA for its longstanding partnership and support, and acknowledged ICA's leaders as "key contacts" for the work he is engaged in as Governor. ICA honored Governor Schwarzenegger this year with the presentation of a San Francisco 49ers official helmet, autographed by all-time great running back Roger Craig, who was one of the main speakers at this year's program. Inscribed "To Governor Arnold, The Captain of Our Team" and embossed with an engraved gold disc from the ICA Council on Fitness, ICA used this presentation to thank the Governor for his support and his continuing participation in this important chiropractic event.

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