Hello Movember – Hello Mo Bro

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The moustache is back and better than ever with the launch of the Movember Foundation’s 2015 Movember campaign!

As one of the largest global charities investing in programs to address prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity,
the Movember Foundation is the leader in men’s health.

Today, the Foundation debuted a new way for men and women to participate in the movement–MOVE.

During the month of Movember, the Foundation will still challenge men to grow a moustache  and women  to support the campaign but now both men and women can choose to be champions of men’s health starting with their own through MOVE!
MOVE is the Movember Foundation’s 30 - day fitness challenge inviting
participants to be more active while raising funds and awareness for men’s health.
Starting today, men and women are encouraged to become an official participantof Movember by signing up at Movember.com and committing to
grow a moustache, MOVE, or take things to the next level by doing both!

“We are excited to bring back the moustache in 2015 and introduce MOVE, a new way for men and women to participate in the Movember campaign, raise funds and continue the dialogue about men’s health. Now more than ever we need to increase awareness of the state of men’s health.
Too many men don’t talk, don’t take action and die too young,” said Mark Hedstrom, U.S. Country Director at the Movember Foundation. “The Movember Foundation’s aim is to not only start conversations about
testicular and prostate cancer, poor mental health and physical wellbeing but
encourage men worldwide  to prioritize their health.

Simply put, men are dying too young and the statistics continue to be sobering:

Poor Mental Health:
Every day 87 men commit suicide in the United States translating to  31,755 deaths each year, almost the capacity of a college football stadium. Additionally, each year, 1 in 4 adults will experience a diagnosable mental health problem.

Prostate Cancer: In the U.S. a man dies every 19.1 minutes from prostate cancer and a new case occurs every 2.4 minute

In 2015, an estimated 220,800 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, which has become the second most common cancer for men in the U.S.

Testicular Cancer:
While there is a 95% cure rate for testicular cancer, for 1 in 20 it’s still a death sentence. That is too many.
Furthermore, the incidence of men diagnosed with testicular cancer
has doubled over past 50 years  and this year an estimate of 8,430 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed.

Physical Inactivity:
More than one-third of American men over age 20 are obese.
Physical inactivity is also fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.
Through the month - long Movember campaign, men and womenspark conversations and raise critical funds that support breakthrough men’s health programs throughout the globe
While the Movember Foundation has raised more than $650 million dollars globally and funded 1,000 programs, the charity knows that to help men live happier, healthier and longer lives, one must consider the holistic person,
which means addressing both physical and mental health issues.

Though year-round efforts and programs, the Movember Foundation is tackling each of these issues to bring about real, tangible change. The
Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental investors in
research and quality of life initiatives in the world.
To learn more about the men’s health programs the Movember Foundation is funding visit us.movember.com/report-cards

Supporters can help make a difference by signing up to grow, give or MOVE
at Movember.com.
Once registered, participants become part of the global movement and can
utilize their personalized fundraising page to get friends, family, and colleagues to donate to their efforts.
Just by participating, millions of men and women will be helping to save
Connect with Movember on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, flickr, and Pinterest
To follow the campaign on social media, use the hashtags #Movember and #MOVE4Movember

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