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Health & Families

Weekly health and fitness agenda: Pinktober, World Mental Health Day

This month, people around the world show their support for cancer and breast cancer survivors by wearing pink (Pinktober) and yellow (Livestrong), and World Mental Health Day takes place October 10.

October 1-31
Hard Rock Cafes and Hotels worldwide

Pinktober 2010 is the 11th annual Hard Rock campaign for breast cancer awareness. Melissa Etheridge and other musicians worldwide will host events to support breast cancer charities that include concerts, showcases and fashion shows. There are also pink products (key chain, t-shirts, pins) for sale online and the hotels will turn down pink sheets with 25% of the room rate going to charity. http://www.hardrock.com/promo/pinktober10/

Livestrong Day
October 2

In acknowledgement of the day (October 2, 1996) celebrity athlete and cancer survivor/advocate Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer. Armstrong asks the world to come together to support the "28 million people living with cancer" and "renew our fight for a world without cancer - one community, one event and one conversation at a time." Presently there are 171 events scheduled in 24 nations. See what is happening near you or start your own.

World Mental Health Day

October 10

The World Health Organization (WHO) and mental health advocates globally encourage greater awareness about mental, neurological and behavioral disorders, their prevention and therapies. Hundreds of millions of people suffer from depression and other disorders that lead to "social isolation, poor quality of life and higher death rates."

World Sight Day

October 14

Over "670 million people" worldwide are blind or vision-impaired due to lack of "access to eye exams and glasses" according to Optometry Giving Sight, an organization that supports the World Sight Day Challenge. The annual day devoted to sight awareness is focused this year on "Vision 2020: The Right to Sight," a global effort to prevent blindness created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Global Handwashing Day 2010
October 15

This year's event focuses on educating children to promote handwashing in 80 nations worldwide since "poor hygiene and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases, accounting for 1.5 million diarrhea-related under-five deaths each year." http://www.globalhandwashingday.org

Men's Health World Congress 2010
October 28-30
Acropolis Palais des Congres et des Expositions, Nice, France

The seventh annual multidisciplinary scientific congress for health professionals is devoted to advancing men's health with a focus on therapies, tools and new research in urology, cardiology, endocrinology, oncology, sexual medicine, mental health, primary care, public policy, education and aging. Registration ranges from €250-600.

World Diabetes Day (WDD)
November 14

WDD, created by The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in 1991, takes place annually to bring greater awareness to diabetes and its control. http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/

World Toilet Day

November 19

World Toilet Day is an international public health awareness day focusing on sanitation and the importance of healthy toilet habits and illnesses associated with poor facilities. http://www.worldtoilet.org/