SOURCE: Movember Canada

Movember Canada

October 28, 2015 13:17 ET

Improving Men's Health isn't a Trend, It's a Necessity

Movember Needs Your Support to Help Men Live Happier, Healthier, Longer Lives

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 28, 2015) - For nearly a decade the Movember Foundation has been changing the face of men's health in Canada. Because of the Movember movement and the moustaches that nearly one million Canadians have grown, more men are having essential conversations and taking action when it comes to their health and wellbeing. But there is still a lot of work to do. Men are simply dying too young. We need your support to continue our work and help men live happier, healthier, longer lives. Please join us -- Grow, Give or MOVE at Movember.com.

Trends come and go but the poor state of men's health remains a real issue for Canadians:

  • The average life expectancy for Canadian men is four years less than women
  • 1 in 8 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem each year
  • 3 out of 4 suicides by death are men
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young Canadian men aged 15 - 29 years

"I suffered in silence from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for over 8 years," said Kevin Swain, Mo Bro and former Canadian Military and current York Regional Police officer. "I started to grow a moustache with some colleagues, and my life changed when Movember announced it supported mental health. It gave me the courage to open up to my family and friends about my mental health struggles."

"Over the last nine years we've made significant strides in changing the face of men's health in Canada," said Jesse Hayman, Director of Community Engagement, Movember Foundation. "But we need your support to keep funding the life-changing programs that are making a really big difference for Canadian men. Join us, sign up to Grow, Give or MOVE at Movember.com."

What's new in 2015?

MOVE is the Movember Foundation's 30-day fitness challenge to get active and raise funds and awareness for men's health. How you MOVE is up to you. Whether it's a morning work out, a quick jog at lunchtime or an hour at the ping-pong table, no MOVE is too big or small. Sign up to MOVE and receive a free four-week gym membership to any GoodLife Fitness location across the country during our hairy month! Please click here for more information about the offer.
Sign up to grow or support the moustache before Movember 1st and be entered for a chance to win Harley-Davidson® Street 500® motorcycle.
Donate with Visa Checkout and Visa will give an extra $10 plus you'll get the chance to win a trip for 4 to the 2016 Bridgestone Winter Classic. Please click here for more information about the offer.

Support men's health today, GROW + GIVE + MOVE at Movember.com.

Connect with the Movember Foundation on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

About the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is a global charity raising funds and awareness for men's health. These funds deliver breakthrough research and support services to allow men to live happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men's health movement, raising more than $676 million and funding over 1,000 projects through impact investments, focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

The Foundation runs awareness and fundraising activities year-round, with the annual Movember campaign in November being globally recognized for its fun and innovative approach to raising money and getting men to take action for their health. During Movember, we challenge men to grow a moustache or to make a commitment to get active and MOVE, both of which are about real action for health and are done to spark conversation and raise vital funds and awareness.

The Foundation's vision is to have an everlasting impact on the state of men's health. Movember is a registered charity in Canada - BN 848215604 RR0001. For more information visit Movember.com.

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