Weekly health and fitness agenda: World No Tobacco Day, PSFK/UNICEF idea campaign
Friday 28 May 2010
June celebrates a host of health awareness days ranging from fitness, healthy lifestyle promotion and global health awareness. This week PSFK/UNICEF are collecting innovative health and fitness ideas and the world focuses on the harmful effects of tobacco use, targeting young girls.
PSFK/UNICEF idea campaign
Online @ PSFKu.com
UNICEF and the business culture blog PSFK have joined forces to ask you 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 June and you never know how many lives you could impact.
World No Tobacco Day
World No Tobacco Day is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and this year's program is focusing on health promotion to stop the alarming rates in which young girls are smoking and being marketed to. WHO reports one billion people could die during this century because of tobacco use. May 31 is a good day to talk to your children about the harmful effects of tobacco use and also a great date to stop smoking. For more information visit: http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2010/announcement/en/
World Blood Donor Day
This year the campaign is "New blood for the world" with targeted efforts to get youth worldwide to donate blood not just on June 14 but more regularly without rewards. To be a blood donor, a healthy lifestyle is required, and for the first time the day will have a 2010 global launch event in Barcelona, Spain, hosted by the Spanish and Catalonian Health Care Authorities, the Spanish and Catalonian donor associations and the Spanish Red Cross. To learn more about donating blood and World Blood Donor Day go to: http://www.who.int/worldblooddonorday/en and http://www.fullblooded.org/blood-donor-world-day
Dateline 2010: Global Health Goals & Metrics
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC, USA
Global Health Council's 37th Annual International Conference on Global Health will chart the progress on the world's global health goals with over 2,500 practitioners, global health and world leaders, activists, multi-lateral organizations, public and private sector health professionals, academics and researchers through the evaluation of health programs and performance effectiveness. During the week-long event a number of awards will be announced including the Gates Award for Global Health and media in health awards. http://www.globalhealth.org/conference_2010
Mind Over Madness Yoga
Time Square, New York City, United States
Annual summer solstice event where the world is invited to Time Square, similar to watching the New Year's ball drop, except you need to bring your yoga mat to take part in the free yoga festival. The goal is to find "tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the urban energy of the world's most commercial and frenetic place" with one of the day's scheduled free yoga classes (available from 7:30am to 6pm). Since it is Time Square, where anything and everything is known to happen, there is a waiver you need to sign as well as RSVP for a class. http://www.timessquarenyc.org/about_us/events_solstice.html
Global health campaigns @ G8/G20 Summits
Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada
Global health activists and organizations will launch a series of campaigns and events surrounding both the G8 and G20 Summits this June in Canada including the launch of Save the Children's EVERY ONE campaign to mobilize millions of people globally to demand government action in achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Live 8, a global network of ten AIDS awareness concerts, will not be taking place but there are whispers of a smaller event proposed by a Facebook group "G8 Make Promises Happen." For more information on G8/G20 and global health initiatives, go to: http://www.one.org/c/us/policybrief/3318 and http://g8.gc.ca
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