Health and fitness agenda: yogis hit the Big Apple for Yoga Journal conference

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On May 12, thousands of yogis will flock to New York for five days of downward dogs, master classes, and workshops with celebrity teachers, such as Rodney Yee and Cyndi Lee.

Move for Health Day
May 10

In 2002 the World Health Organization created Move for Health Day to promote physical wellbeing and urged member states to engage in national and local campaigns, given that 1.9 million people die annually from inactivity. With obesity a concern in many nations, May 10 offers an opportunity to get physical with various local events and to learn more about physical health. For more information on what your country has planned and facts about the benefits of exercising, stay tuned to:

3rd Yoga Journal Conference New York

New York, NY, US
May 12-16

In one of the premiere yoga events in the world, yoga publication Yoga Journal will offer more than 100 classes taught by more than 40 master and celebrity yoga teachers, including Rodney Yee, Bo Forbes, Cyndi Lee, and Ana Forrest. This year's event will also include a talk with author Michael Pollen and a keynote with model and yoga devotee Christy Turlington Burns. Workshops and intensive classes will be offered, catering to both industry professionals and students. A Yoga Marketplace, featuring hundreds of health and yoga exhibitors, is free and open to the public during the entire conference. The conference also takes place later this year in Wisconsin and Colorado, with each drawing crowds of around four thousand. A full four-day pass is priced at $1,015/€775. A weekend pass costs $495/€378; a day pass is $285/€218.

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International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day

May 15

The 28th Annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day is the largest grassroots movement against the disease that creates awareness and hope with a single gesture: light a candle. Over 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries will host local memorials to honor those that lost the fight and raise awareness about AIDS. To find out what is taking place in your area or to dedicate a virtual candle, go to:

World AIDS Vaccine Day
May 18

May 18 became World AIDS Vaccine Day 14 years ago with the push of then US president Bill Clinton when he said, "Only a truly effective, preventive HIV vaccine can limit and eventually eliminate the threat of AIDS." Today the awareness campaign is recognized by the WHO, UNAIDS and many other organizations. More than 7,100 people a day are infected with HIV. Stay tuned to learn what events will be scheduled, and find out how you can honor the day:

64th World Health Assembly
May 16-25
WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

At the 64th World Health Assembly, member states will address a number of public health issues, including the implementation of the International Health Regulations, ranging from pandemic responses to health care waste. Topics include childhood injuries and violence, cholera, malaria, and chronic diseases. Stay tuned to the WHO website for more developments in the coming weeks.

World No Tobacco Day

May 31

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.

5th Evolution Asia Yoga Conference

June 9-12
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

June 13-17
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC, US

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.