This month is a very special month, not only because of Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, but also because of the ongoing celebration of Movember. I’m sure most of us are aware of the term and associate it with men growing a mustache for the month, but there’s a lot more to it than just the looks.
The Movember Foundation is the leading charity that addresses men’s health issues. The foundation crafted the idea of growing and keeping a mustache for the entire month to promote men’s health awareness. The mustache represents some of the biggest men’s health issues that the foundation works very closely with, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide prevention. According to the foundation, the mustache can spark donations, conversation, and even real change. https://us.movember.com/get-involved/moustaches. The donations received go to the more than 1,200 projects the foundation has been a part of in saving and improving the health of men all over the world. With prostate cancer and testicular cancer rates doubling, and suicides in men increasing, the foundation seeks out men’s health on a global level. The foundation collaborates with health experts from all over the world on research that can change the way men affected are being treated. By 2030, the foundation hopes to reduce the number of men dying from these health issues by 25%. The foundation’s main objectives, according to their website, https://us.movember.com/about/cause are to spread the facts, change the behavior, create services to help men, collaborate with experienced people in the field, and overall advocate for men.
If you think you can take a guess at how much money the foundation has raised, think again. As stated by CNN, the foundation has raised $837 million across 20 countries since it started https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/01/health/iyw-movember-no-shave-november-trnd/index.html. Just last year, the foundation raised $67.5 million for men’s health programs. These funds have been dedicated to helping men live healthier lives. The foundation has curated a support base of over 5 million “Mo Bros and Mo Sistas” around the world who are all committed to changing the face of men’s health.
So, what can you do to help? There are many ways to get involved in the movement. Some ways are as simple as growing a mustache for 30 days, getting more physically active, getting regular prostate exams, attending a Movember event, or enlightening your friends and family about it. You can also join the movement at movember.com
If you want to learn more about men’s health, visit https://us.movember.com/mens-health/general for the top five things you should know and do.