I’m 13 days into the month of Movember. That’s right Movember.
In the month of November the Movember campaign is responsible for the growing of facial hair on mens’ upper lips all across the world. Their moustaches are a means to bring attention to prostate cancer and mens’ health issues. I suppose it’s sort of like the pink breast cancer run for women. Mens’ upper lips provide a means to raise funds and awareness to issues that affect men. The programs that are funded are the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Livestrong, and the Movember Foundation. The moustache provides a tangible bridge to build awareness and education on men’s health issues. The men growing a moustache become walking, talking billboards to encourage other guys to think about improving their health, getting their annual check up, discuss men’s health with their family, research their own issues, and understand how to take better care of themselves.
Each guy creates his own profile on the Movember website. Some guys band together to form a team. So far my team “Get Your Mojo On” has raised $200. I hope this note has encouraged you to think about your own health issues and consider donating something to the effort.
My brothers-in-law and myself are standing for my wife’s father, Jim, who is battling prostate issues right now. I’m also standing for the other fathers in my life: my own dad who has been on a weight loss campaign and my step-dad who is battling heart problems.
For myself, I need to take care of my blood pressure by eating right and getting exercise and watching my salt intake. If you have a story to tell that would encourage other men to get to the doctor or remain positive in their health battles, then I encourage you to leave a note in the comments. Or if this message has changed your mind about calling the doctor and getting your check up, let us know.