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Posted on: November 7, 2017

Nov 7, 2017 - Movember aims to get men talking about their health in Springfield

Movember - black mustache and text reads

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging the men of Springfield to grow a mustache for their health.


On average, men in Greene County die about five years sooner than women. Movember—a combination of the word mustache and November—uses facial hair to encourage men to be aware of and do something about some of the specific health issues that affect them.


“Men tend to be less likely to talk openly about their physical or mental health,” SGCHD Administrator of Chronic Disease Prevention Jon Mooney said. “The mustache is an easy, light-hearted way to start a conversation about some otherwise serious topics.”


More than just facial hair, SGCHD is encouraging men to pick one thing they can do this month to improve their health. The focus for #movembersgf is on four categories: catch cancer early, talk about it, make man time and move more. Men from the Springfield Fire Department, Springfield Police Department and Springfield-Greene County Health Department will be featured throughout the month with tips about men’s health on social media at:

New this year is, which includes resources to tackle health topics and a link to the #movemberSGF card. Men are encouraged to let us know what Mo they are doing for their health by snapping a selfie and using #movemberSGF on social media.


This year’s topics:


Catch cancer early

About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.  Testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men 15-34 years old. Catching these cancers in the earlier stages can help improve the success of treatment.

What you can do:

  • Schedule your annual physical in November.
  • Learn how to do a self-test for testicular cancer at

Talk about it

The highest rates of depression are among men 40-59 years old, and about 87 men die by suicide every day in the United States. Mental health concerns affect roughly 1 in 4 adults in the US, so talk about what’s weighing on you and get help if you need it.

What you can do:

  • Talk to a trusted friend or family member about what’s bugging you.
  • Schedule an appointment with a counselor.

Make man time

There’s a reason we feel good when we hang out with friends. Social isolation can affect your mental, emotional, and physical health. Spending quality time with friends and family can make you healthier and happier.

What you can do:

  •  Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Join a new group or club.
  • Volunteer.

Move more

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, but people tend to think it means they need to spend hours in a gym every week. Even small changes can help you live a longer life.

What you can do:

  • Try something new, like rock climbing.
  • Take a walk on one of Springfield’s many trails listed at
  • Train for a 5K or marathon. Even if you’ve never run before, you can start small.

For more information about Movember, contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Health Information Administrator, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, (417) 874-1205 or

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