Weekly health and fitness agenda: 'Get Healthy Now' challenge, Y@GL

June celebrates a host of health awareness days ranging from fitness, healthy lifestyle promotion and global health awareness. This week continues the theme of public health with a series of global health campaigns to be launched during the G8 and G20 Summits in Canada. Yoga is also highlighted with two large public events in New York City: Mind Over Madness and Y@GL and iVillage launches its new community challenge 'Get Healthy Now.'

PSFK/UNICEF idea campaign
Online @ PSFKu.com

UNICEF and the business culture blog PSFK have joined forces to ask the public to help them monitor "key trends that impact health and wellbeing" to find new innovations and partners that can translate into deliverable health solutions for children worldwide. The target areas of innovation are health, education, fitness, remote working, data use and the web, and children's products and services. If you have an idea, then submit an online form before early June and you never know how many lives you could impact.

Mind Over Madness Yoga
June 21
Times Square, New York City, USA

Annual summer solstice event where the world is invited to Times 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 Times Square, where anything and everything is known to happen, there is a waiver you need to sign as well as RSVP for a class.

iVillage's ‘Get Healthy Now' Community Challenge
June 21-July 18

Starting on June 21, you and your family can commit to getting healthy now by signing up for four weeks of free daily assignments to support a healthy lifestyle with tips to eat better and get active. The challenge encourages people everywhere to live in a more healthy fashion with expert advice from Tanya Benenson, MD, medical director for NBC, Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, diet and nutrition editor for US morning TV show Today and Mel B, former Spice Girl, international fitness advocate and host of Dance You're A** Off'. To join the challenge, sign up for free at: http://challenges.ivillage.com/health-week


June 22 @ 6 pm
Great Lawn, Central Park, New York City, USA

Ten thousand people will stretch out on the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park for the ‘world's largest yoga event ever', Y@GL. To make sure you and your friend get the chance to claim a mat for yoga with renowned Anusara teacher, Elena Brower, the founder of Virayoga, 2010 Global Yoga Trainer for Adidas, and YoGA at MoMA collaborator, online registration is required and by June 15 you will be notified if you have been randomly selected. The event boasts 20 live performers from slam poet Buddy Wakefield to musician and comic Reggie Watts and bassist Garth Stevenson. To get all the details and throw your ‘email into the hat' for Y@GL, visit the website.

Global health campaigns @ G8/G20 Summits
June 25-27
Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada
(Worldwide, Online)

Global health activists and organizations will launch a series of campaigns and events surrounding both the G8 and G20 Summits this June in Canada including the launch of Save the Children's EVERY ONE campaign to mobilize millions of people globally to demand government action in achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Live 8, a global network of ten AIDS awareness concerts, will not be taking place but there are whispers of a smaller event proposed by a Facebook group "G8 Make Promises Happen."
http://www.one.org/c/us/policybrief/3318 and http://g8.gc.ca

International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2010 (ICEID 2010)
July 11-14
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

ICEID 2010 is the seventh annual conference hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in cooperation with global health leaders and organizations including the WHO. The professional event aims to identify new diseases to understand their cause, target and how to control them. There are 300 spaces held for students with admission at $250 (€204.77); regular registration is $475 (€387.75)

XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010)
July 18-23
Vienna, Austria

"Right Here, Right Now " is the theme for this year's high-level meeting to hold world leaders and donors accountable as the 2010 deadline approaches for ensuring universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Also, greater attention will be on the rapid growth of the epidemic in Central and Eastern Europe via injection drugs as well as more focus on human rights and care for vulnerable populations. Former US president Bill Clinton, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé are just a few of the speakers. AIDS 2010 is seeking volunteers - for more info consult the website. http://www.aids2010.org


IDEA World Fitness Convention
August 4-8
Los Angeles Convention Center, LA, California, USA

The 26th annual IDEA World Fitness Convention is the largest and oldest trade event for fitness professionals. Over 5,000 influential fitness and wellness professionals from 65 nations will participate in 350 sessions devoted to new fitness trends (Bollywood Step, Alphabics, Kranking) with highlight events including celebrity Mario Lopez, tennis star Andre Agassi and the US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD. After this event, fitness centers globally will be introducing new classes, techniques and products -like workouts using Kangoo Jumps. http://www.ideafit.com/conference/idea-world-fitness-convention-2010