This week Vivaness opens with BioFach in Germany, the first ever virtual yoga conference takes place and Pepsi’s Refesh Projects continues to collect votes for community health ideas.

Vivaness 2010
February 17-20
Nürnberg, Germany

Vivaness, the largest natural personal care and wellness trade show, was created with cultural creatives and LoHaS (lifestyle of health and sustainability) buyers in mind in 2007. Showcasing over 200 exhibitors with products ranging from natural cosmetics and body care to natural medicines and household products. Vivaness is co-located with BioFach (21st Annual World Organic Trade Fair) and this year's theme is Organic + Fair. Day tickets are €30.

Yoga, Health & Happiness

Virtual World Yoga Conference
February 19 - 21

The Virtual World Yoga Conference is the first yoga event that you can participate in from anywhere in the world. The program brings together over 35 speakers addressing yoga, healthy living, wellness, nutrition and cultural and indigenous medicines. The conference will be recorded, for you to reply at your leisure. The conference fee is $197 (€142)

Chopra Foundation International Symposium: Sages And Scientists
February 26-28
La Costa Resort And Spa
Carlsbad, California, USA

This is the first year of the symposium hosted by the Chopra Foundation, founded by Deepak Chopra, world-renowned author and lecturer on Ayurveda, spirituality and mind-body medicine. This event brings together international leaders in science and health to tackle questions like: do we have a soul, where do we come from, what happens after death, is their a god plus insights on evolution, reincarnation, brain death experiences. The suggested donation is $1,695.00 (€1,224.00) and profits will go toward research, the foundation and charities. After the event, videos from the symposium will be on YouTube.

Pepsi's Refresh Project Awards
March 1

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. just opened voting and by March 1 the first round of winning health ideas will be granted. Each month 32 grants are distributed, totaling 1.3 million dollars (715,000 Euros).

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 wellbeing of humans and ecosystems.

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World Tuberculosis (TB) Day
March 24

The global initiative to eliminate TB by 2015 hits the halfway mark this year and WHO's StopTB campaign announced 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, UK

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).