Angie's List highlights men's health with 'Movember'
by Kelsey Taylor
Last November, I put together a men's only Lunch & Learn at Angie's List designed to get them to talk about their health. Now I realize that most men only go to the doctor if bones are protruding from their skin and they would just as well "rub some dirt on it."
The guys were OK letting me sit in, so I listened intently in hopes of gaining some insight to the male psyche. To my surprise, they didn't hold back as they asked questions like, "Why does my wife have so much to tell me as soon as I get home from work?" and "When should I start getting a prostate exam?"
For the past three years, Angie's List has celebrated men's health awareness and the moustache growing movement known as Movember ("Mo" is Aussie slang for moustache) that raises funds for The Prostate Cancer Foundation and Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation.
Movember began in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The guys behind it joked about '80s fashion and decided it was time to bring back the Mo.
Their efforts have led to a global movement and their new looks have raised awareness about prostate cancer, which strikes one in two men in their lifetime and kills every 16.4 minutes. To date, men worldwide have grown more than 627,000 Movember moustaches and raised more than $100 million to change the face of men's health.
Angie's List employees will join the effort again this November to raise money to support men's health awareness with a contest to see who can grow the best Mo. I'm also looking more forward than ever to this month's Lunch & Learn for men because the male species is strange, yet wondrous, and I plan on discovering everything there is to know.
I'd also like to challenge all men to explore issues about their health, their self and wellbeing, and if they're feeling a little adventurous, grow a Mo.
To learn more about Movember, visit us.movember.com.
Kelsey Taylor is an IFPA certified personal trainer, sports nutritionist and strength training instructor with more than 11 years of experience. For the past three years, she's worked at Angie's List as a wellness director/personal trainer for 400-plus employees.