(UPDATED) MEN: NO SHAVE NOVEMBER IS GREAT FOR FITNESS! WOMEN, SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE GUYS, especially if males in your circle of friends and family rallied for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this past October.
Not having to perform this grooming routine each morning leaves more time for men to work out, whether it be running, cycling, walking, or other forms of exercise! According to the organization’s website, “No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.”
The non-profit organization behind this movement, now 11 years strong, says it is “devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education”. NSN* charity partners include St Jude’s Children’s Hospital™ (charitynavigator.org score 91.4 of 100), Fight Colorectal Cancer™ (96.46 score), and Prevent Cancer Foundation™ (91.2 score).
The ‘story’ behind NSN is a personal one. Eight siblings of the Hill family in the Chicago area started it in the fall of 2009 to honor their father, Matthew Hill, who died from colon cancer in 2007.
The cancer awareness mission behind this movement is more necessary than ever, of importance to both men and women. WebMD.com indicates The American Cancer Society warns that although screening coloscopy is more common, the incidence of colorectal cancer in adults less than 50 year of age has increased by 51%, with a nearly 2% per year increase in new cases among adults 54 years old and younger since the mid- 1990’s. Most frightening is the fact that death rates in this group have also risen.
If someone is rude enough to suggest that having more facial hair is not a flattering style for you (or your man), righteously inform them that you are/he is doing it not for personal convenience but to benefit others who have suffered and will suffer with cancer.
Inform them also that moustaches are now an upward-trending fashion amongst the Millenial generation.
“The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Participants are encouraged to donate the money typically spent on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.” Actually, trimming and grooming is allowed, so you don’t need to go totally native.
The website (99centrazor.com) takes a semi-serious but fun approach to explaining the advantages and disadvantages of joining the movement “7 Things No One Tells You about No Shave November”.
If you started November 1, strong work! If not; stop shaving now!
And consider using the time advantage it brings for exercise, and giving the extra bit of change saved for a donation to charity.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
*No Shave November is not listed by Charity Navigator but posts its financials on the website.
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