Health and fitness agenda: CTIA Wireless

Wireless health takes the spotlight at the CTIA event in New Orleans, with a host of exhibitors on hand to display their latest mHealth innovations.

Australian Fitness & Health Expo
April 27-29
Sydney, Australia

At the Australian Fitness & Health Expo in April, eco-fitness, choreographed fitness classes, high tech fitness apps and internet-equipped gym gear are just a few of the innovations set to get fitness junkies amped. The annual trade-only fitness event is the largest health and fitness event in the Southern Hemisphere. More than 300 exhibitors will be on display, including popular trends Latin dance inspired Zumba classes, suspension-based TRX training, Crossfit core strength training, and functional or integrated training.

27th CTIA Wireless 2012
May 8-10
New Orleans, LA, US

CTIA expects to welcome more than 1,000 exhibitors and more than 40,000 spectators in 2012. While the show covers wireless and converged communications, wireless broadband, mobile web computing and data industries, the Wireless Health Pavilion will present the latest offerings from companies providing health products, applications, and managing networks for both professionals and consumers.

Bhakti Fest

May 11-13
Joshua Tree, California, US

Bhakti Fest is a four-day music festival celebrating devotion through chanting (or kirtan), yoga, meditation and community. Attendees gather on 450 acres of desert land with famed kirtan performer Jai Uttal on the bill, along with yogini Shiva Rea. The spring festival is three days; a fall festival (September 6-9) runs four days.

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day

May 15

The 29th Annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day is the largest grassroots movement against the disease that creates awareness and hope with a single gesture: light a candle. Over 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries will host local memorials to honor those who lost the fight and raise awareness about AIDS. To find out what is taking place in your area or to dedicate a virtual candle, go to:

World Health Assembly
May 21-26
WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

At the 65th World Health Assembly, topics on the table include universal health coverage, mental disorders, nutrition, and adolescent pregnancy. Stay tuned to the WHO website for more developments in the coming weeks.

BioFach China
May 24-26
Shanghai, China

Nuremberg’s massive BioFach heads to Shanghai with some 300 international exhibitors showcasing organic and wellness products. The event has a global presence with events in Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Baltimore.

Mobile Health Summit
May 29 - June 1
Cape Town, South Africa

The second edition of the GSMA-mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit, kicking off May 29, is designed for senior executives from the mHealth sector, with the event focusing on hot topics and issues in the industry while providing an opportunity for networking and deal-making.

World No Tobacco Day
May 31

World No Tobacco Day is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and this year's focus is on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's “attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger they pose to public health.” The WHO reports one billion people could die during this century because of tobacco use.