Global Handwashing Day is October 15
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(Relaxnews) – Coming up, Global Handwashing Day — a large-scale public health initiative designed to get kids to properly scrub their hands — happens on October 15. Meanwhile, Palm Springs, California, readies for the annual Inner IDEA, where topics of yoga and natural health are on the table.

Global Handwashing Day 2011
October 15

This annual event is designed to promote handwashing with soap, the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. This year, more than 200 million people are involved in celebrations in more than 100 countries around the world.

Inner IDEA
October 25-28
Palm Springs, California

Inner IDEA marks 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
October 25-28

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.

World Diabetes Day (WDD)
November 14

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.

International Men’s Day
November 19

Supported by the United Nations, International Men’s Day, inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, is an annual international event that focuses on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. This year’s theme is “Helping men and boys live longer, happier, healthier lives” with a focus on improving men’s access to mental and emotional support and tackling tolerance of violence against men and boys. Commemorations worldwide include public seminars, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, and displays and marches.

BioFach Japan
November 21-23
Tokyo, Japan

After wrapping up an event in the US, Europe’s massive BioFach heads to Tokyo, expecting to draw more than 17,000 visitors and showcase thousands of organic products, in addition to natural personal care products. The event also has a global presence with events in Nuremberg, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, and Baltimore. A sister event in Bangalore, India, takes place November 29-December 1, with an expected 3,000 visitors.