Somerset men mo' up in the name of health
IT'S moustache season again and Somerset Regional Council is proud to support its team of men raising awareness for men's health issues during the month of November.
Nine men from Council have pledged to grow moustaches over the next month - The Somerset Council Mo Bros - Matt Simpson, Gary Eastell, Thomas Varney, Daniel Lyons, Bruce Small, John Eastwood, Harry Bosgra, Shane Teske and Scott Aurisch.
Somerset Regional Council Mayor, Graeme Lehmann, said he would be sponsoring the Council team personally and it was great to see staff getting behind the men's health message.
"Men generally don't look after themselves as well as women," he said.
"They tend to have more of a 'she'll be right' attitude but it's important for them to visit their doctor and have their annual health checks.
"Prevention is the best medicine - don't wait until you're sick to see your doctor.
"The moustaches we see around in Movember are a good visual reminder for men to get themselves checked."
Recent studies have shown many men don't get regular health checks and when they do visit a doctor they typically present late, denying themselves the chance of early detection and treatment of common diseases
Statistics show that, on average, men die at a younger age than women - the average life expectancy for men is five years less than women (presently 77 compared to 82).
Movember aims to change the face of men's health and reverse this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on this serious issue.
The moustache is a catalyst to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health more openly.
To support the Council team of Mo Bros, visit: www.au.movember.com and find the team Somerset Council Mo Bros.