Weekly health and fitness agenda: World Heart Day, Livestrong Day

This week: the world focuses on heart health, World Heart Day, and cancer awareness/research with the 16th International Charles Heidelberger Symposium on Cancer Research and Livestrong Day.

World Heart Day
September 26
Worldwide

Celebrate your heart's health with local and workplace events (health checks, organized walks, runs and fitness sessions, public talks, stage shows, scientific forums, exhibitions, concerts, carnivals and sports tournaments) taking place in 100 countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) "cardiovascular diseases are the world's largest killers, claiming 17.1 million lives a year."
http://www.world-heart-federation.org/what-we-do/awareness/world-heart-day/ 


The 16th International Charles Heidelberger Symposium on Cancer Research (16ICHSCR)
September 26-28, 2010
Coimbra, Portugal

The Symposia bring together 150 of the world's leading cancer researchers worldwide to discuss their latest advances in cancer research and clinical applications. 
http://www.uc.pt/en/congressos/16ICHSCR


Livestrong Day
October 2
Worldwide

In acknowledgement of the day (Oct 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: http://www.livestrong.org/Take-Action/LIVESTRONG-Action/Livestrong-Day-2010


World Mental Health Day
October 10
Worldwide

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."
http://www.wfmh.org/2010world_mental_health_day.htm



World Sight Day

October 14
Worldwide

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.
http://www.vision2020.org/main.cfm?type=WSD2010&objectid=3809



Global Handwashing Day 2010
October 15
Worldwide

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 7th 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.
http://www.ismh.org/en/


World Diabetes Day (WDD)
November 14
Worldwide

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
Worldwide

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/

 

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