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Mandela Day was inaugurated in 2009 on Nelson Mandela’s birthday – 18 July.

The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good.Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.

Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. Could you give 67 minutes to begin changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did?


You can test your knowledge of freedom, justice and democracy by taking a quiz here.


“On this World Population Day, I call for urgent, concerted action by Member States to bridge the gap between demand and supply for reproductive health care. We must mainstream reproductive health and rights into all development and poverty reduction plans. Investing in universal access to reproductive health is a crucial investment in healthy societies and a more sustainable future.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for World Population Day
11 July 2012

7 billion posterThe world’s population reached 7 billion on 31 October 2011. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.


This year’s World Population Day, 11 July 2012, focuses on the theme of “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services.

Reproductive health problems remain the leading cause of ill health and death for women of childbearing age worldwide. Some 222 million women who would like to avoid or delay pregnancy lack access to effective family planning. Nearly 800 women die every day in the process of giving life. About 1.8 billion young people are entering their reproductive years, often without the knowledge, skills and services they need to protect themselves. On the World Population Day, many activities and campaigns will call attention to the essential part that reproductive health plays in creating a just and equitable world.

National Childhood Obesity Week aims to raise awareness of the dangers of being above a healthy weight during childhood.

Worried about your child’s weight? Want to help them lead a healthy, happy, active life? Then Get Going!


Get Going is a family healthy lifestyle programme being delivered in partnership between NHS Lothian, East Lothian Council and Enjoyleisure.

It offers support to help children aged 5-18, who are overweight, and their parents or carers. The emphasis is on fun and feeling good. It’s about getting active as a family and working together to make small lifestyle changes. Children get the opportunity to make friends and take part in fun,active games. As parents you’ll have the chance to share ideas with support and guidance from a Child Healthy Lifestyle coach.
The sessions are FREE and take place in Enjoy or community venues once a week over eight weeks.  Each week a different topic is covered, from introducing a healthier eating plan, to discussions around physical activity and thinking about the amount of time spent watching television or playing on the computer. After the eight weeks, you’ll get ongoing support from our team. There’s also a follow-up six months after you finish to see how you’re doing and to help you stay on track for a more healthy life.

To find out when the next courses are available in your area or for more information please contact your local Get Going coordinator Caroline Kaye:

T: 01620 828760


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