Movember is a charity that was set up in 2003, with just 30 participants growing a moustache, with the aim of raising awareness and combating health issues that affect men and helping them to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Movember has now grown into a global charity with over 5 million participants and since its inception, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, in 21 countries and aims to reduce the number of men dying too early by 25% by the time we get to 2030.
According to Men's Foundation of South Africa ...
Men's health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons. Prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. By 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
What Health Issues are Men Facing?
It is now acknowledged worldwide that men die on average six years earlier than women, but biologically there is no reason why this should be true. It is often the case that men are much slower to action regarding their health problems. This often comes down to the traditional ideas of how men should act and it can be perceived, by many men, that by acknowledging any health problems, they are showing signs of weakness and that talking about them isn’t the done thing.
Movember has chosen to focus on 4 areas of concern in regards to men’s health:
Mental health and suicide
Physical activity (or lack of it).
The facts associated with each of these issues are truly shocking. It is predicted that rates of prostate cancer are set to double in the next 15 years and the rates of testicular cancer have already doubled in the last 50 years. Worldwide, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 60% of all suicides. In a world in which medicine has improved so much in recent years and how society is supposed to be more open and accepting, these figures should not be true.
This month, we are going to help promote awareness and contribute towards the goals set by Movember.
So, What are We Actually Doing for Movember?
First, we are aiming to improve awareness of men’s health issues and want to get people, in particular men, talking about them so that the attitude towards these issues changes to one of openness.
By combating the social stigmas that exist we can go a long way to making a change. Hopefully our blogs provide the information and platform to help do that so make sure you look out for them and share them with the men, fathers, sons and brothers you love.
If you want to join in and raise funds and awareness and make a difference this Movember in South Africa, here are some terrific events:
Sign up and MAKE A MOVE - Run or walk 60km over the month of Movember for the Men's Foundation of South Africa. That’s 60km for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour across the world.
HOST A MOMENT - Sign up and rally a crew to do something fun and easy, virtual or in person. Hosting is all about having a good time for a good cause. As you plan your Mo-ment, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Physical distancing restrictions vary from place to place. Please always adhere to your governing health body’s COVID-19 advice. Here are some ideas; SPORTS CLASH Challenge your mates to a winnertakes-all-glory backyard cricket or doubles tennis tournament. Donate to play, take no prisoners. GAMING TOURNAMENT Challenge your mates to a gaming marathon or tournament. Use your Mo Space to drum up hype then stream the event live on Twitch (we can help you with that part.) TRIVIA NIGHT Recruit an awesome Quiz Master, secure some super or silly prizes and charge an entry fee. Up the ante with bonus rounds, speed rounds and prizes. Why not throw a fancy-dress theme in the mix? (Trivia translates easily into a virtual event, too.) Check out this HOW TO HOST GUIDE!
Even if we only do something small to support Movember this month, it can and will make a real difference to men’s health issues globally, because each little bit helps.
Let's let men know that they can and should talk about their issues. That discussing their health, both mentally and physically, as a man is not a weakness, but rather a strength. We are all people of this good Earth and we all deserve good health for as long as possible.
Original article: Kegel8 Website