It's more than a mo

Published on Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 4:10:26 PM

You may have noticed a few more mos around the place this month. Wispy ones, thick ones, big ones, small ones, black ones, grey ones, maybe even some pink ones. Maybe you’ve caught yourself loving a Lampshade, or finding a Fu Manchu frightfully appealing at the footy. This phenomena isn’t a fluke: it’s due to Movember, the international movement committed to changing the face of men’s health.

The statistics point to the work at hand: on average, Australian men die around four years earlier than women, one in two Australian men will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85 and across the world, we lose 60 men to suicide each hour, every hour. Sombering and saddening, it can sometimes feel overwhelming when confronted with the facts. However, we can all make a difference by supporting Movember: the movement’s work has funded 1,250 (and counting) men’s health projects across 20 countries, made possible by the generosity of everyday people.

Although raising funds for the Movember cause is central, it’s also about recognising the role everyday healthy lifestyle choices play in our mental health. Town of Port Hedland CEO Carl Askew said that Port Hedland Leisure’s campaign sought to have a positive impact on activity levels in the community.

“Team member Jeremy’s 60 for 60 campaign is not only raising funds by walking 60 kilometres in a month; it’s demonstrating how working more steps into our days is not only achievable, but can also make a big difference to our overall health and wellbeing.

“Port Hedland Leisure’s friendly team are about delivering the mantra Fitness for All, which means tailoring individualised workout programs to fit diverse schedules.

“Hedland is home to a high proportion of fly in, fly out workers, as well being a new found home for people from all parts of the world. Being away from home can add extra stress to our lives, particularly this year during COVID. Finding the time to work out can take the edge off by clearing your mind and pumping those endorphins.”

So, while you’re getting a handle on all the handlebars around Hedland, let’s all reflect and heed the meaning behind the mos: saving lives.

As Jeremy continues towards his goal of reaching 60 kilometres this Movember, he’ll be giving weekly updates on the Port Hedland Leisure Facebook page.

If you’d like to discuss your fitness journey with Port Hedland Leisure, call 9158 9750.

Click here to donate to Jeremy's 60 for 60 campaign.

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