Weekly health and fitness agenda: World Diabetes Day

On November 14, the world commemorates World Diabetes Day. Plus International Men's Day is on November 19.

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.

International Men's Day
November 19

Supported by the United Nations, International Men's Day, inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, is a annual international event that focuses on men's and boys' health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. Commemorations worldwide include public seminars, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, and displays and marches.

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.

Jane Fonda's fitness DVDs
November 30/December 27
North America/UK

US Academy Award-winning actress and 1980s fitness pioneer Jane Fonda is releasing two new fitness DVDs providing low-impact workouts for baby boomers. Produced by Lionsgate and her first fitness titles since 1995, the releases are Jane Fonda: Prime Time Walkout and Jane Fonda: Prime Time Fit & Strong. Both are due out November 30 in North America and December 27 in the UK. Since 1982, Fonda, now 72, has released over 20 top selling fitness videos; her first video release sold over 17 million copies and is to date the highest selling fitness video of all time.

World AIDS Day
December 1

World AIDS Day draws together people from around the globe "to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic." There are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, according to 2008 figures released by the World Health Organization. An estimated 2.7 million were newly infected with the virus and 2 million died of AIDS that same year. To see a calendar of events, download posters, and find out how to get involved, visit:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 10 percent of the world's population, or 650 million people, live with disabilities. The day aims to "promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities," states WHO. Global events are planned to include forums, public discussions, and celebrations. Stayed tuned to the UN website as scheduled events unfold.