July is an important month in global public health with the AIDS 2010 conference taking place in Vienna July 18-23 and the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2010 (ICEID 2010) opening July 14 in Atlanta, Georgia. Also several social media/health campaigns are ongoing including PSFK/UNICEF's request for health input and SXSW 2011's call for panel proposals by July 9 for its one-day health track.
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 July and you never know how many lives you could impact.
Submit health ideas for 2011 SXSW
before July 9
Online @ http://panelpicker.sxsw.com
South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual interactive, film, and music conference held in Austin, Texas has decided to expand the 2011 program with a one-day health track. The organizers are seeking ‘creative' or 'technical' ideas for social health (social media and new technologies in health) panel additions. Proposals can be submitted online via the SXSW PanelPicker by filling out a form that includes the proposed panel title, suggested speakers, 1500 words about the panel and five questions/issues that will be addressed during the panel. Make sure you select ‘interactive' and tag ‘health.'
International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2010 (ICEID 2010)
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)
The four-day event is centered on 'And now the good news...' The event is sold-out but clips will be available on the web after the event. The sessions will address a number of social issues from peace to design. Health is a constant theme at TED events and this program has sessions focusing on 'The Unknown Brains,' 'Healthier Together' and 'Human Systems'.
iVillage's ‘Get Healthy Now' Community Challenge ends
Before July 18, 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 Your Ass Off'. To join the challenge, sign up for free at:
XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010)
"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.
World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week takes place in over 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It was began 20 years ago by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
IDEA World Fitness Convention
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.
6th Annual Gluten Free Expo
Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia
The two-day event is devoted to gluten-free products and sessions on the science behind gluten intolerance, cooking-without-gluten classes and tips to create a healthy gluten-free diet. The 6th annual Gluten Free Expo is free and hosted by The Coeliac Society of NSW Inc and The Clever Event Company. The natural, ready-to-eat Indian and Thai food company Tasty Bite is sponsoring the stage events and exhibitors are expected to launch new products.
World Humanitarian Day
The first World Humanitarian Day was celebrated in 2009 and is a day to honor aid workers, shed light on populations that need humanitarian aid and find ways to give back to your community or international humanitarian aid organizations.
American actress Marisa Tomei is launching her HoopBody fit kit ($39.98/€32.60), a weighted 40-inch hoop with three workouts on a 90-minute DVD, produced with the green healthy lifestyle brand Gaiam on August 20.
A day, created by the Canadian Cancer Society nearly 30 years ago, to honor those who have been touched by cancer. On August 27, the profits from fresh daffodils purchased at select locations will be used to support cancer patients, research and education. To get involved or donate: http://www.daffodilday.com.au
African Traditional Medicine Day
Many common medicines are derived from traditional therapies and on August 31, during the 9th annual African Traditional Medicine Day instituted by the World Health Organization (WHO), health professionals will come together to further the research and development, advocacy and safety of traditional medicines.