By Adam Martin, Longmont Magazine

No, the title of this article is not a typo. That ‘m’ in place of an ‘n’ is entirely intentional.

In the weeks leading into the holiday season, you may notice more facial hair under noses that typically sport a clean-shaven look. That’s because each year during November the Movember Foundation encourages men to grow out their mustaches in an effort to promote awareness of men’s health issues. The goal, according to the Foundation’s website, is “to make a global contribution to men living happier, healthier, longer lives.”

While there are plenty of nation-wide programs that address overall health issues, and more than a few focused specifically on women’s health, men’s health sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Ironically, according to WebMD, men are largely responsible for the lack of attention.

The website includes a list of “Top 10 Health Tips for Men.” The very first tip is to simply find a doctor. The second tip? To actually schedule appointments with that doctor.

According to the article, men have a tendency to live in a state of denial when it comes to their health, sometimes ignoring clear signs that something is wrong. The aim of Movember is two-fold. First, to call attention to issues that tend to impact men’s health. Second, to get men involved in keeping themselves healthy.

As testimony of the need for this kind of campaign, consider this alarming statistic taken from the Movember Foundation’s website. Prostate cancer is “the second most common cancer in men worldwide and the number of cases [is] expected to almost double to 1.7 million cases by 2030.” The American Cancer Society reports that the number of cases of testicular cancer is on the rise, as well. Additionally, while raw statistics indicate that roughly twice as many women as men struggle with depression, it’s believed that male depression may be significantly underreported, due in part to the average man’s preference for suffering in silence.

But there’s good news. These and other men’s health issues can be addressed, provided men are paying attention to their well-being and actively seeking to stay healthy. Sure, regular visits to the gym are a big part of that, but so are check-ups with your doctor and even the occasional visit to a therapist when needed.

To that end, the Movember Foundation is working to shed light on these critical issues, and encourage men to get involved in both the cause and their own continued health. Not only that, but there are local businesses right here in the Longmont area plugging in, as well.

Ian Phillips from City Star Brewing explains why Movember is important to him and his organization. “For City Star, we’re really all about quality of life,” he said.

On November 21, City Star will host an event in their tap room to raise money and awareness. That day, $1 of every beer sold will be donated to the Movember Foundation. There will also be games, themed activities, and even beard and mustache competitions with prizes from local barbers. Phillips said the City Star team wants to support Movember because they have faith in the Foundation, and because men’s health is a worthy cause.

But City Star isn’t the only local company getting involved. In fact, the Movember Foundation’s website includes a list of national and local events, as well as information about joining a local Movember team, pledging to grow out your mustache during the month of November to raise funds and awareness. And if you’re a female who would like to participate, have no fear. The site happily encourages women to sign up as “Mo Sisters” to lend their support, too. The Foundation has even announced an upcoming mobile game for Android and iPhones that promises to make a show of solidarity even more fun.

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Whatever level of involvement you choose, if you’re a guy don’t make the
mistake of paying too little attention to your health. Follow the advice of men’s health experts. Do your best to keep in shape, make it a point to eat a nutrient-rich diet, get plenty of sleep, stay on top of your mental health, and don’t blow off annual physicals.

After all, you only have one body. Take good care of it.


Healthy & Hairy

Even if you don’t/can’t grow the soup strainer, you can still support and have fun with Movember at these local events.

#Movember

Großen Bart Brewery, 1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont

Wed., November 18, 5 8 p.m.

Join LiveWell Longmont for an evening celebrating men’s health and the glorious mustache! Try some amazing Großen Bart Brews,  chow from Knock-on-Wood, contests, prizes and games as well as men’s health specialists from Longmont United Hospital on-hand to answer all your hairy questions.

Handle Barre

Verve Movement Studio, 333 1st Ave, # 3, Longmont

Friday, November 20- LAST CLASS

Verve will be joining forces with LiveWell Longmont to promote MOVEMBER

by offering a Special MEN’S Essentrics class — HANDLE BARRE.

Essentrics combines dynamic stretching and muscle toning to improve strength and flexibility. Perfect for men and women, it is a non-impact class with a variety of standing, barre and floor exercises.

Move Your Mo!

Crossfit Longmont, 333 1st Ave, # 3, Longmont

Friday, November 21 10:30 a.m.

Grow your mo’ and work out for men’s health by joining The Soup Strainer Society team or donate to their cause here- http://moteam.co/soup-strainer-society


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