Health and fitness agenda: Baltimore's BioFach America and Natural Products Expo East

Coming up, giant natural food expo BioFach America unfurls its flag in Baltimore alongside its sister show, Natural Products Expo East.

26th BioFach America
September 22-24
Baltimore, Maryland, US

Europe’s massive BioFach heads to the US this month, expecting to draw in 20,000 visitors and showcase thousands of organic products, in addition to natural personal care products. The event also has a global presence with events in Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Baltimore.
http://www.biofach-america.com/en

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26th Natural Products Expo East
September 22-24
Baltimore, Maryland, US

Now in its 26th year, the Natural Products Expo East moves from Boston to Baltimore with an expected crowd of some 20,000 and 1,300 exhibits showcasing the newest products in natural and specialty foods, organic, health and beauty, natural living, supplements and pet products. The event dovetails with BioFach America.
http://www.expoeast.com

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Pinktober
October 1-31
Hard Rock Cafes and Hotels worldwide

Pinktober 2011 is the 12th annual Hard Rock campaign for breast cancer awareness. Musicians worldwide will host events to support breast cancer charities that include concerts, showcases and fashion shows. There are also pink products (key chains, t-shirts, pins) for sale online and the hotels will turn down pink sheets with 25% of the room rate going to charity. http://www.hardrock.com/philanthropy/pinktober/pinktober-2011.aspx
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International Walk to School Month
October 1-31
Worldwide

In a mission to combat childhood obesity, reduce carbon emissions, and raise awareness of the importance of creating cities that are friendly to walkers, International Walk to School Month suggests kids lace up their trainers and head to school on foot. To find out about how to get involved or to start or join a walking school bus - an organized group of kids walking together with an adult supervisor - visit http://www.iwalktoschool.org.


Livestrong Day

October 2
Worldwide

In acknowledgement of the day (October 2, 1996) when celebrity athlete and cancer survivor/advocate Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer. Armstrong asks the world to come together to support the "28 million people living with cancer" and "renew our fight for a world without cancer - one community, one event and one conversation at a time." Stay tuned to the website to find out what events are happening in your area: http://www.livestrong.org.


6th Inner IDEA

October 6-9
La Jolla, California

Inner IDEA celebrates its sixth annual event centered on mind, body and spirit wellness. The international professional event is designed for health and fitness professionals with sessions based on integrative health and wellness, including 100+ interactive sessions on Pilates, yoga, Nia, gyrokinesis, integrated movement, meditation, nutrition, and the wellness marketplace. Yoga teacher Rodney Yee and Pilates pioneer Lolita San Miguel will be on hand to teach and share their experiences. Inner IDEA is designed to be an intimate educational event, especially compared to IDEA World Fitness Convention in LA, and participation is limited to 550 attendees.
http://www.ideafit.com/inneridea

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Striiv fitness tracker launches
October 15

Silicon Valley-based startup Striiv its launching its portable fitness device that blends fitness and gaming with something a bit unexpected - charitable donations. By being active, users can earn points to donate to real-world charities, at no extra cost to them. The device partners with GlobalGiving to help a range of projects around the globe. Striiv is available for preorder via its website at $99. The new gadget joins a slew of lifestyle-tracking portable devices, including Adidas MiCoach Pacer, Basis, Digifit, Fitbit, Jawbone UP, and Nike+GPS.
http://www.striiv.com
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