Weekly health and fitness agenda: International Women's Day

Coming up, the world fetes the female factor with the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on March 8.

100th International Women's Day
March 8

This year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (March 8), a global day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. In some countries, such as China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, it is a national holiday. Almost 350 events will be held around the world to mark the occasion, including talks, discussions, exhibitions, workshops and a range of local events. To celebrate, CARE USA, a humanitarian organization that fights global poverty, will host the CARE Conference & International Women's Day Celebration, March 8-10, in Washington, DC. The event will feature keynote speakers Melinda Gates, Laura Bush, and Judy Woodruff and panel discussions led by issue experts from around the world. For more about the conference: http://www.careconference.org/
Find out what is happening near you:

31st Natural Products Expo West
March 10-13
Anaheim, CA, USA

Now in its 31st year, the Natural Products Expo West is one of the largest natural, organic and healthy product trade shows in the world alongside Vivaness, with more than 55,000 industry professionals attending last year's event. More than 3,000 exhibits from over 1,900 different companies showcase the newest products in natural and specialty foods, organic, health and beauty, natural living, supplements and pet products. Its sister show, the 26th Natural Products Expo West, from September 21-24, in Baltimore, Maryland, draws crowds of 20,000 with 1,700 exhibits.


4th BaliSpirit Festival
March 23-27
The Purnati Center for the Arts, Batuan, Bali, Indonesia

BaliSpirit Festival is an annual four-day event that celebrates global yoga, dance, and music with more than 95 workshops (including yoga trance dance, African drumming, traditional Balinese dance, and 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. While deep-pocketed yogis have a variety of far-flung locales and events to choose from, BaliSpirit attracts a devoted crowd of more than 4,500 to one of the trendiest yoga spots on the planet. Early tickets are now available via the event website. Gold passes, which allows entrance into all workshops, classes, and concerts, are $450/€336. VIP passes, which include transportation shuttles to and from festival venues and a goody bag, are $680/€508.

7th International Fitness Showcase (IFS)
March 25-27
Winter Gardens
Blackpool, UK

The 7th annual program will pack more than 235 different fitness sessions designed for fitness instructors, trainers, and the public into three days. Comparable to Inner IDEA in the US, IFS is one of Europe's biggest fitness conventions and expects around 6,000 participants from Asia and Europe with fitness and health champions leading classes on The Fit Zone, Gravity, Modern Pilates, and much more. Early registration tickets available now: a three-day is priced at £199/€236.