If you want to quit smoking, World No Tobacco Day on May 31 encourages you to take your last puff. Coming up, thousands of yogis head to Hong Kong's Evolution Asia Yoga Conference to bend and stretch with master teachers Rodney Yee, Sharon Gannon and David Life.
World No Tobacco Day
World No Tobacco Day is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and this year's program highlights the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a WHO-sponsored treaty in effect since 2005 that provides legal dimension on tobacco control, such as regulating tobacco disclosures and advertising. WHO reports one billion people could die during this century because of tobacco use. If you live in Europe and are trying to quit smoking, you can go online to
http://smokefree.euro.who.int to blog, get advice, and participate in a video competition. To watch a clip on the competition:
5th Evolution Asia Yoga Conference
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Evolution Asia brings together yoga enthusiasts and masters worldwide to explore the world of yoga through practice with a range of beginning and intense classes, and a yoga bazaar offers discounts on cutting-edge yoga wear and gear. There are also educational sessions on spiritual cleansing, body balance, Thai yoga therapy, and much more. While not as large as the US-based Yoga Journal conference, the concept is similar and is the largest of its kind in Asia, and will likely expand in coming years as Westernized yoga and major yoga brands continue to expand internationally. The event features master teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Rodney Yee, and Jason Nemer. Four-day passes sell for HK$4,999 (€441) or onsite at the event for HK$5,999 (€529).
38th Global Health Council Conference 2011
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC, USA
Global Health Council's 38th Annual International Conference on Global Health will chart the progress on the world's global health goals with over 2,500 practitioners, global health and world leaders, activists, multi-lateral organizations, public and private sector health professionals, academics, and researchers through the evaluation of health programs and performance effectiveness. 2011's theme is "Securing a Healthier Future in a Challenging World," with a focus on health needs in Africa and vulnerable regions of the world. During the week-long event, a number of awards will be announced, including the Gates Award for Global Health and media in health awards.
World Blood Donor Day
This year the campaign is "More blood more life" with targeted efforts to reinforce the urgent need for more people all over the world to donate blood not just on June 14 but more regularly without rewards. To be a blood donor, a healthy lifestyle is required. For the first time the day will have a 2011 global launch event in Argentina. To learn more about donating blood and World Blood Donor Day go to:
Mind Over Madness Yoga
Time Square, New York City, USA
Annual summer solstice event where the world is invited to Time Square, similar to watching the New Year's ball drop, except you need to bring your yoga mat to take part in the free yoga festival. The goal is to find "tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the urban energy of the world's most commercial and frenetic place" with one of the day's scheduled free yoga classes (available from 7:30am to 6pm). Since it is Time Square, where anything and everything is known to happen, there is a waiver you need to sign as well as RSVP for a class.
24th BIO International Convention
Washington, DC, USA
The 24th Annual BIO convention, the global biotechnology industry event of the year, takes place June 27-30 in Washington, DC. Among this year's keynote speakers is world-renowned author Daniel H. Pink. More than 15,000 participants ranging from scientists to C-level executives worldwide will be introduced to the latest in biotech innovations for healthcare, industrial and environmental, and food. Tickets are $2,490 (€1,880) non-member and $1,740 (€1,314) member conference rate, but prices will increase as the event draws nearer.
8th pHealth 2010
June 29-July 1
pHealth is celebrating its eight annual event as the leading international conference devoted to wearable micro nano technologies for personalized health. The event is designed for health professionals and scientists but there will be lots of new "future" medicine and therapies revealed. Registration fee for full conference attendance is €350.