13 October 2015
Movember Mo Sista
activities during men's health month November
'Mo Sista' is a woman who joins during November Movember activities for supporting men's health or for funding medical initiatives especially research and health services concerning prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Additionally to the awareness and research intitiatives, one of Movember's main programs during this November is 'MOVE' which fights against physical inactivity; regular sports activities improve the healthy condition of body, brain and psyche.
Movember is originally known as awareness and funding campaign which focuses on growing beards (the moustache) as visual sign over November. The term Movember is a mix of 'Mo' from moustache and 'ovember' from November; therefore even the expression 'Mo Sista'. This year for the first time, Movember includes women as quasi sparring partners of men during 30 days for physical activities like basket ball or ping pong, skiing or walking, bike or horse riding, swimming or paddling - whatever. Movember states in the press release: "The good news is that moving on a regular basis can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It's also one of the best ways to stay mentally healthy and one of the best treatments for mild to moderate depression."
Movember reports that since its inception in 2003, five million people have joined the men's health movement and 400 million Pounds (more than 530 million Euros) funded over 1,000 programs across 21 countries.