All About November

November is a BIG month for the Calendar of health promotion in Canada and we want to let you know all about it, and give you some ideas on ways to participate! 

One of the most well-known movements during November is Movember! 

When you think of movember you think ‘a lot of men growing some crazy beards for a good cause!’ But what is this cause? Movember is about Men’s health, including things like prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. ‘Movember’ is a Canadian registered charity with a goal to bring awareness to premature death in men.  But Movember isn’t just about growing a beard for a cause, there are plenty of other ways to participate in Movember month if you don’t have a beard to grow! The Movember movement talks about four ways to “do your part” and this includes, ‘Grow a stache’, which is all about growing a beard to raise awareness and raising funds to support the charity. ‘Move for Movember’, explains the 60km walk to raise awareness for the 60 men lost to suicide each hour, globally, and raising funds in the process. ‘Host a mo-ment’ and ‘Mo your own way’ encourages you to get creative and raise awareness for Movember month your own way! 

Head over to their website for more information on what this charity is all about and how you can help out! https://ca.movember.com/ 

Another big one for the month of November is Crohn’s and Colitis awareness! What is crohn’s and colitis? Crohn’s and Colitis Canada explains these diseases like this “Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of conditions, the two main forms of which are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD also includes indeterminate colitis

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are diseases that inflame the lining of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and disrupt your body’s ability to digest food, absorb nutrition, and eliminate waste in a healthy manner. These are lifelong diseases and people can experience acute periods of active symptoms (active disease or flare), and other times when their symptoms are absent (remission).” 

There are a few ways to get involved in Crohn’s and Colitis awareness this month, including a “Gutsy Walk” organized by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada where you can raise money and awareness to support the cause. Their website explains the cause and ways to get involved in much more detail, clink on the link to go see! https://crohnsandcolitis.ca/About-Crohn-s-Colitis 

The month of November has so many more health promotion days that are all listed under the Calendar of health promotion on the Government of Canada website. Be sure to check it out and find out ways you can participate and help out around your community! https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/calendar-health-promotion-days.html#m11 

As always, call us to book your annual prostate exam or your annual check up! You can reach us at (250) 782 1103 or you can send us a message on Facebook. Our website also has an email button if that works best for you! We look forward to seeing your smile in our office!

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