What is No Shave Movember?
Civilian Male Military Spouse Taurus James shares about how to get involved and what causes No-Shave Month 2017 is supporting this year
by Taurus James
I learned about Movember from John Aldrich, AVP, Military Relations at American Military University via his post Get In The Game
Movember, the grass roots movement to raise awareness about men's health issues is nearly complete, and for those of you who are growing a mustache to show support for the cause, I salute you. For those who didn't participate or weren't aware of Movember, there is always next November.
After checking out what it was about, I started last November 2016 and continued without shaving (or cutting my hair) up until September 2017.
Since then, I have gained a better understanding of the movement and become more intentional about my health, fitness and wellness.
It started in 2003 with a group of 30 lads in Melbourne who decided to grow moustaches for a bit of a giggle.
The next year 450 men took part and they raised around £25,000 for prostate cancer research.
The trend quickly grew into a global phenomenon and is now a major annual event.
Now around five million people - dubbed Mo Bros and Mo Sistas - take part in at least 21 countries.
The Movember Foundation charity raises awareness and vital funds for the biggest issues in men's health: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
Doing Movember means raising funds for men's health. And growing a moustache is your chance to do just that.
Start clean shaven, grow throughout the month, and get some serious funds behind the men who need it most.
Men and women alike can embrace the sweaty Mo this Movember by being active. It's what we like to call Move. Set a distance goal at the start of the month, and walk, run, cycle, swim or row your way to achieving it. You can raise much needed funds for men's health while you're at it.
In 2016, i started Movember (unofficially) as a way to help bring awareness about depression in men. For 2017, I want to help bring awareness about diabetes.
Depression and Diabetes are not health issues that only affect men, but more men are needed to specifically discuss these health issues with other men. My approach is to seek out the men in my circles of influemce and encourage them to be proactive about these and other health issues I call "silent killers."
The "silent Killers" as I see them are: Depression, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease. Real talk, if we start discussing these issues man-to-man, like we discuss football and other sports, we will see a positive change in awareness and pro-action.
Here is a picture of my progress so far. I will post another picture at the end of the month.
Leave a comment or send us a link to your Movember pics!
Grace and Peace!
Taurus James is the 2016 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year from Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Taurus is a 20-year civilian male military spouse and stay-at-home-dad. He is also a minister and composer of Moody instruMental Music. Taurus is a professional IT Consultant and Web Developer, and he built and maintains the Machospouse.com website for free. Find out more about Taurus through his blog: