Several health organizations have come together to help men get healthy.
They're targeting that segment of the population because the average life expectancy for men is five years less than women. The statement comes from Julia Bettinger, who's the program manager for Wyoming Cancer Services. She said they've joined a national campaign called Movember, which she described as a worldwide mission of raising awareness and funds for men's health.
The Movember kick-off event will be Friday night (Nov. 1) at 5:30 in the Sheridan Memorial Hospital cafeteria. The hospital's foundation director Ada Kirven said it was Bettinger who inspired her to join the cause.
They'll be asking those attending the kick-off event to take the Movember challenge of either taking up a healthy habit for the month or dropping an unhealthy one, like eating fruit instead of cookies for snacks or giving up smoking. The efforts will then be rewarded on Nov. 22, during a gala at the Black Tooth Brewing Company in Sheridan. The man who makes the biggest commitment to health will win the honors of being dubbed, Mr. Movember.
Another Movember promoter is Cathi Kindt, who's the director of the Sheridan Health Center.
She said their other partners are the YMCA, ACT and the Whedon Cancer Detection Foundation. All three women appeared on our Public Pulse news talk show this week, promoting Movember with their moustaches on, as can been seen in the picture.