Engaging Men in Movember to Promote Better Male Healthcare
While your organization is gearing up for some people’s favorite time of year – all the fall holidays – we’re anticipating how our employees’ are going to go all out for Movember!
Movember is all about the fellas, a whole month (November) focused on men’s health.
No, you’re not seeing a new facial hair trend. All those mustaches you see in the month of November are being grown to raise awareness for men’s health issues – particularly the diseases that lead to male premature death: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
Growing a mustache is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to supporting this important cause. November is the perfect month to engage your male population and make a real difference for men’s wellness. The Movember Foundation has set a goal to reduce the number of premature death by 25% by the year 2030. And they’ve made it easy for you to impact that goal, too.
Did you know…
- Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, but if caught early, survival rates are better than 98%
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-34 in the US.
- Three out of four suicides are men.
With numbers like those, it’s time we all take a stand for men’s health. Here’s how:
Grow A Mo
Host a mustache growing contest within your membership, and use it as an opportunity to raise funds for men’s health. The more your mo grows, the more you raise! Find more information about #growamo here.
Personal Fitness Challenge
Encourage concrete, goal-setting for your male population. You can track progress at your facility, or register through the Movember Foundation.
Host an Event
Follow the Movember Foundation’s Guide to a Great Movember Event and host a special time at your facility to raise awareness, funds and even better, heart rates.
Provide Special Offerings in November
Consider a Men’s Menu of offerings for the month of November. With a data management system like ACTIVE Net, you can easily decipher which activities are the most popular with your male demographic. Then, put those activities together in a menu, or monthly fitness plan, any man can follow. It’s a great way to cross-sell your activities.
There’s a lot to be thankful for in the month of November. Let’s show our support and appreciation for the men in our lives, and men’s health in general. Once again, you are in a unique position to make a real difference for wellness in your community. Happy Movember to all!