Coming up, global events celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while Hard Rock Cafes unroll Pinktober, fronted by pop-duo Bananarama.
World Heart Day
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.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Kicking off October 1, countries around the globe will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with 31 days spotlighting prevention, education, and finding a cure. In the US, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is planned this month in New York City, as well as in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also look to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in the US and the UK's Race for Life Twilight events. The Empire State Building will be aglow in pink from October 14-16 to recognize the month. Other global landmarks will be illuminated as well, such as the Montparnasse Tower in Paris and Mexico City's Angel of Independence.
Hard Rock Cafes and Hotels worldwide
Pinktober 2012 is the 13th annual Hard Rock campaign for breast cancer awareness. Musicians worldwide will host events to support breast cancer charities that include concerts, showcases and fashion shows. Throughout the month Bananarama and Hard Rock will tour US cities, including the kickoff in New York's Times Square on October 2, followed by stops in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, among others. There are also pink products (key chains, T-shirts, pins) for sale online and the hotels will turn down pink sheets with 25% of the room rate going to charity.
International Walk to School Month
In a mission to combat childhood obesity, reduce carbon emissions, and raise awareness of the importance of creating cities that are friendly to walkers, International Walk to School Month suggests kids lace up their trainers and head to school on foot. To find out about how to get involved or to start or join a walking school bus -- an organized group of kids walking together with an adult supervisor -- visit http://www.iwalktoschool.org.
Health 2.0 San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, US
This event is devoted to cutting-edge innovation in health technology, drawing in around 1,500 visitors. For the third year Health 2.0 is also setting up in Europe in Berlin (November 6-7) to showcase European web and mobile-based technologies. Similar events around the globe include Med-e-Tel, TechCrunch Disrupt and eTELEMED.
World Sight Day
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 286 million people are visually impaired, yet 80 percent of the causes of blindness are preventable. The annual day devoted to sight awareness is focused on "Vision 2020: The Right to Sight," a global effort to prevent blindness created by the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
Palm Springs, California
Inner IDEA celebrates its seventh annual event centered on mind, body and spirit wellness. The international professional event is designed for health and fitness professionals with sessions based on integrative health and wellness, including 100+ interactive sessions. Yoga teacher Max Strom is this year's keynote speaker.
Ojai Yoga Crib
Ojai Valley, California, USA
This major event in Southern California draws thousands of yogis and elite teachers such as Erich Schiffman, Patricia Sullivan and Jason Crandell. Expect morning meditations, daytime workshops and evening kirtan sessions.