This week is Brain Awareness Week and the first annual online Women's International Summit for Health continues, plus tickets are on sale for International Fitness Showcase (IFS), the BaliSpirit Festival and FIBO 2010.

Women's International Summit for Health (WISH)
March 8-19

The WISH Summit 2010 is an inaugural ten-day event over two weeks taking place online with four sessions a day devoted to themes centered on women's health including sensuality, spirit, food, relationships, fitness, beauty, health, money, attitude and family. Forty internationally recognized health leaders including Malika Chopra, author and creator of, a wellness blog; Rory Freedman, author of Skinny Bitch; Rainbeau Mars, Hollywood's yoga guru and Global Ambassador for Adidas; and Barbara De Angelis Ph.D., author and relationship coach. Registration is free, emails will be sent with 24-hour access to the lectures.

15th Annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW)
March 15-21

BAW is a global campaign to promote brain research awareness, triumphs and inspire the next generation of neuroscientists through a week of celebration. The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, leading organization of neuroscientists, created the event and manages it in partnership with its European counterpart, The European Dana Alliance for the Brain.


World Water Day (WWD)
March 22

This year marks the 8th annual WWD with the theme: Communicating Water Challenges and Opportunities. UN-Water's campaign will focus on water quality and resource management to promote "clean water for a healthy world" for overall well-being of humans and ecosystems. International list of local events:

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day
March 24

The global initiative to eliminate TB by 2015 hits the halfway mark this year and World Health Organization's StopTB campaign announced that this year's theme is innovation. Researchers from around the globe are sharing their stories on their blog to raise public awareness; contributions from Vietnam to Kenya are already being shared. Various organizations are planning day events in India.

International Fitness Showcase (IFS) 2010
March 26-28
Winter Gardens
Blackpool, United Kingdom

The 6th annual program packs over 235 different fitness sessions into three days, designed for fitness instructors, trainers and the public. IFS expects 6,000 participants from Asia and Europe with fitness and health champions from Argentina to Japan, leading classes on The Fit Zone, Gravity, Modern Pilates and much more. A three-day ticket is £119.00/€135.


Voting closes for Pepsi's Refresh Project
March 31

Pepsi's Refresh Project is a new campaign based on social-cause marketing, the program is simple and user-friendly, basically if you have an idea on how to better your community's health, share it and get people to vote. voting closes for this month on March 31 and by April 1 the second round of winning health ideas will be granted. Each month 32 grants are distributed, totaling 1.3 million dollars (715,000 euros). To learn more

3rd Annual BaliSpirit Festival

March 31-April 4
The Purnati Center for The Arts, Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

BaliSpirit Festival is an annual 4-day event that celebrates global yoga, dance and music with over 95 workshops (from yoga trance dance, African drumming, traditional Balinese dance, Iyengar to hip-hop), nightly world music concerts, and The Dharma Fair, an eco-bazaar including massage, healing, health food and much more for the entire family. BaliSpirit has a lot to offer and equally as interesting are the prelude and after-retreats, including The Sacred Circularities Hoop Dance retreat March 23-28. For more information and to purchase day (€92) or full access passes (€319), visit:

World Health Day

April 7

This year’s World Health Day theme is "1000 cities, 1000 lives" and will highlight urbanization and health. The campaign will run April 7-11 and the World Health Organization (WHO) has set the following goals: 1000 cities will "open up public spaces to health" and 1000 lives is about gathering 1000 stories about "urban health champions," individuals that have made a significant impact on health in their cities.

FIBO 2010

Essen, Germany
April 22-25

FIBO celebrates its 25th anniversary as Europe's key health, fitness and wellness trade event. Essen will welcome over 30,000 health industry professionals and an additional 20,000 individuals interested in overall health from 60 countries including health specialists (physiotherapists, orthopaedists, cardiologists, internists) for the FIBOmed section. This expo brings together the latest in training equipment, intelligent health promotion concepts, nutrition, fashion, cutting-edge sessions and events catered to a variety of fitness and health trends, including pole fitness, Zumba, cycling, powerlifting plus a wellness marketplace with innovative new products. Advance online day tickets are €13, to purchase tickets and learn more about FIBO and the FIBOmed section visit: