Monday, November 10, 2014

Mims’ The Word: November and the Face of Men’s Health

Halloween 2014 is over and November is upon us--Daylight Saving Time, cold weather and all.  Yes, we have fully stepped into fall, and into Men’s Health Month.  

Often dubbed No Shave November or Movember, this month traditionally sees men everywhere letting the face fuzz flourish to raise awareness for men’s health issues, most notably prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.  

How is TWU--the largest state university for women in the United States--observing Men's Health Month?  The big ticket item is the Men’s Health November Q&A Lunch sponsored by Student Health Services.  Taking place on November 17, 2014, this lunch is open to any and all who have questions about men’s health issues who plan to eat that day.  RSVP by November 13 to ensure you get a plate.  For more information about this event make your way over to the Healthy TWU blog.

As far as officially-sanctioned university events, the Men's Health Q&A Lunch is the only Men's Health Month item on the agenda.  Unofficially, you might notice the men in the Blagg-Huey Library (on the Denton campus) looking a little hairier in November.  A few of us are participating wholeheartedly in No Shave November, growing out our beards for 30 days and (hopefully) in the process raising awareness of men's health issues.  At the end of the month the TWU community will be asked to vote for the most epic beard in the library, so watch for updates on the Blagg-Huey Beard Off (catchy, right?).

We Mustache You a Question, But We'll Shave It For 
Later.  Jason Mims, Stacks Manager at the Blagg-Huey Library 
on the Denton campus, will be observing No Shave November by
participating with colleagues in the Blagg-Huey Beard Off to raise 
awareness of men's health issues, including prostate and testicular 
cancer.  The TWU community will be asked to vote at the end of the 
month for the "most epic beard in the library."  Photograph by 
Kristin Wolski.  
Fun aside, there is a serious aspect to all the beard-growing and mustache-wearing this month.  No Shave November has become an international event aimed at "growing" awareness of men's health issues by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.  Participants are encouraged to donate the money they would  usually spend on shaving and grooming for education about cancer prevention, saving lives, and aiding those fighting a men's health battle.  No Shave November   

Movember, started in Australia in 1999, is observed by growing a mustache and donating for prostate cancer and depression research (fun fact:  mo is Australian slang for mustache).  Movember and No Shave November, while both fun, were designed primarily to help those suffering from cancer and other illnesses, and to encourage related awareness, education and research.  We mustache you--how about that for a worthy cause?  To participate, just stop shaving (that goes for all you guys and gals.)  If you feel like donating money or time, follow the Movember or No Shave November links provided above.    

Men’s health issues affect all of us, not just men (in the same way that women’s health issues affect all of us, not just women.) Whether you’re growing one gnarly beard or walking several gnarly miles, awareness of cancer (and other health issues) is a worthy goal all Pioneers can share.   If you choose to participate--just get growing.

Alright, T Dub, that’s it for this one.  Catch you on the other side of Movember.

~Jason Mims

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