AquaBells and Movember

On the last day of November 2015, we thought it would be appropriate to look back and forward, regarding Movember. For those of you who are not familiar with Movember,this organization is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier lives. Started in 2003 with 30 Mo Bros(followers), there are now over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.

 

To date, 650 million dollars has been raised since 2003. This 650 million dollars, has funded over 1,000 projects. The projects are focused on Prostrate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Poor Mental Health and Physical Inactivity. The goals for the  Movember Foundation are simple:

  1. Raise awareness for the above mentioned men’s health issues,by growing a mustache during the month of November.
  2. Raise needed funds and awareness,not only during the month of November,but throughout the year.

Looking back, my experience with Movember began in 2008. This was after I was diagnosed with Prostrate Cancer. Now,some 7 years later, Movember has become a big part of my life. My sons were the first to bring Movember to my attention. We formed a team,”Mijos Mustache”,grew mustaches, held two successful events and raised money for this important cause. It is amazing how simply growing a mustache in November, can stimulate conversation,raise money and possibly prompt one person to take ownership for their individual health.

 

Now in 2015, Movember is an even bigger part of my life. Through AquaBells and again with the help of my sons and social media, we offered a special program to to consumers around the world! Through this special program, AquaBells was able to offer special pricing to customers and donate money back to the Movember Foundation.

Now that the month of November is coming to a close,the focused monthly push for Movember is ending. The Holiday season tends to push most great causes to the background. For AquaBells and possibly YOU, we are just starting again, with plans for 2016.

What can you do in 2016, to change the face of men’s health? All of you have a father, brother, friend, co-worker, etc., that falls into one of the four Movember categories of emphasis. What can you do in 2016?

1.Grow a mustache in November-this is a small act, but the dialog you will have with others will be invaluable.

2.Form a Team-great things happen, when more than one takes on a cause.

3.”Move”-be a part of the Movember 30 Day Fitness Challenge next November. Walk to work, take a bike ride, go to the gym daily. No ‘Move” is too big, or small. Start your training now.

4. Attend or be part of a Movember event -Movember is involved with events all over the world. Check the Movember website, for events in 2016.

5. Reach out to women-there are thousands of Mo Sistas involved in Movember. Women have the same relationships with male family, friends and co-workers, who need awareness and help.

The state of men’s health is in crisis! Men are dying too young. We all need to form healthy habits.It is never too late to start a healthy lifestyle. Be part of the Movember movement in 2016.

Mike Zinn