This is the month that we celebrate our right to vote, honor our Veterans, watch football, eat turkey, and—grow mustaches.
Why mustaches? Let me explain: Growing mustaches in the month of November started as a way to gain awareness for men’s health. The concept began with two men in Australia discussing the disappearance of the mustache in current men’s fashion and the need for an organization to address men’s health. The movement, as they call it, is Movember.
On average, a man’s life expectancy is six years less than a woman’s. Movember is working to change this statistic by improving men’s health in three areas: mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. Even if you are not directly affected by any of these health issues, do you know someone who is?
You can participate in Movember by growing (or wearing) a mustache, completing the 60-mile run/walk exercise challenge, and fundraising for the cause. Since the movement started, fundraising efforts have funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world.
Are you, or is someone you know struggling with mental health? Is there a doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off? Taking care of your health will help you be there for others when they need you. Make the choice to make a change.