Weekly health and fitness agenda: Y@GL, PSFK/UNICEF
Friday 04 June 2010
June celebrates a host of health awareness days ranging from fitness, healthy lifestyle promotion and global health awareness. This week Y@GL is accepting inquiries to attend their 10,000 person yoga event, PSFK/UNICEF are collecting innovative health and fitness ideas and the world focuses on the harmful effects of tobacco use, targeting young girls, and UNAIDS is looking for 2,000 volunteers to help out at AIDS 2010.
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 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.
Mind Over Madness Yoga
Times Square, New York City, USA
Annual summer solstice event where the world is invited to Times 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 Times 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
June 22 @ 6 pm
Great Lawn, Central Park, New York City, USA
Ten thousand people will stretch out on the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park for the ‘world's largest yoga event ever', Y@GL. To make sure you and your friend get the chance to claim a mat for yoga with renowned Anusara teacher, Elena Brower, the founder of Virayoga, 2010 Global Yoga Trainer for Adidas, and YoGA at MoMA collaborator, online registration is required and by June 15 you will be notified if you have been randomly selected. The event boasts 20 live performers from slam poet Buddy Wakefield to musician and comic Reggie Watts and bassist Garth Stevenson. To get all the details and throw your ‘email into the hat' for Y@GL, visit the website.
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."
http://www.one.org/c/us/policybrief/3318 and http://g8.gc.ca
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 $250 (€204.77) and regular registration is $475 (€387.75) http://www.iceid.org/
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 and 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. http://www.aids2010.org
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