To Change the Face of Men’s Health

by Amy Rice

No-Shave November, also known as “Movember,” began as a fur-filled event where ladies and gents alike made a vow to a month of laziness. Participants take pride in their un-kempt appearances and stored away razor blades. Partakers traditionally track their progress with routine photographs, blog entries and Facebook statuses. Although to many men this is just a fun way to irritate their mothers and girlfriends, it is also an annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer and Men’s Health.

The motto of Movember is “to change the face of men’s health.” But, in addition, companies have also sponsored no-shave events to benefit St. Jude’s Research Children’s Hospital. Similar to Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, No-Shave November is the month of men, dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and health care for all males.

One website in particular, Movember and Sons, allows for both men and women to create a team, track their progress with status updates, pictures, and accept donations towards their team to help raise money and awareness. www.movember.com states on their website that both genders are accepted; “supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.” Extending the olive branch to the less hairy gender allows for females to support their male counterparts, and raise more awareness and funds than they would if Movember was exclusive to males.

There are many great reasons to get involved in No-Shave November. Not only does it work as a great icebreaker, but burrow-y beards can suffice as a warm coat during these nippy winter weeks. It saves money on razors for an entire month, and will help you get rid of a clingy girlfriend once you start keeping pet hamsters in it. But, most importantly, No-Shave November creates awareness for what is a reality for many men- Prostate Cancer. If you are looking to get involved or make a donation, here are several online resources to consult:

·         www.movember.com

·         www.no-shavenovember.com

·         www.facebook.com/NoShave

·         www.noshember.com

There’s no need to fear the beard.