How To Support Men This "Movember"
This month, Foxxtales would like to shed light on supporting men during the month of November, also known as “Movember.” Some of us may already familiar with No Shave November - also known as Movember (‘Mo,’ stems from Australian slang meaning mustache). If you aren’t, Movember is an annual event where men grow out their mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health initiatives.
As a nonprofit, the Movember Foundation raises funds for men’s health issues such as, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s suicide and more, by simply having men grow out their mustaches.
The organization strives to change the face of men’s health by funding men’s health projects to decrease the rate of young men dying. The frequency of young men dying is often kept silent, which is a health crisis. According to the Movember Foundation, “across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable.” The Movember Foundation aims to help young men live healthier, happier and longer lives.
You don’t just have to identify as male to support men’s health either!
Here’s how the Movember Foundation suggests that we can all support men’s health:
By Brianna Allen
Make “man” time
A sense of connection and belonging is important for your mental health. Reach out to your guy friends to make sure that you’re regularly catching up about life and on each other’s mental well-being as well. Ladies, this means us too. We need to use these opportunities to let the men in our lives know that we want to support their mental and physical health.
Know the numbers
Prostate cancer is no joke. Make sure that you’re getting the appropriate tests for prostate cancer. At 50, talk to you doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are African American or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should have this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to you doctor.
Make your annual doctor’s visits
Get to know what’s normal for different parts of you body. Make your health a priority and check yourself regularly by going to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.
Have open conversations
Having a safe place to talk to others is an important part of self-care. If someone you know has been reaching out more often lately, make sure to take time to listen to them.
Take the time to offer advice and show your friends you are there and care about them.
One of the most crucial aspects of men’s health is staying active. It doesn’t have to be forced either, just do more of what makes you feel good. For example, you could add a short walk to your daily routine or try using the stairs more often. Every small difference in your daily activity counts.
As women, we can encourage our dads, brothers, uncles, boyfriends and friends to get active about their health, by following these simple five tips to improve their health. So ladies, let’s not only get in formation and support the Movember movement, but continue to create a space to raise awareness of Movember beyond the month of November.