Health and fitness agenda: Movember

In November, expect to see moustaches aplenty as Movember campaigns get underway.



Brands and charities around the world are uniting for Movember, a month-long moustache-growing event to raise funds and awareness for male cancers and other health issues. Movember started as a charity appeal in 2004 in Australia and has quickly spread around the world, becoming a big hit in Canada, Britain, the United States, New Zealand and South Africa, and winning growing numbers of fans in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Last year around 850,000 men around the world joined in with the Movember campaign.


World Diabetes Day
November 14

World Diabetes Day, created by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in 1991, takes place annually to bring greater awareness to diabetes and its control.


International Men’s Day
November 19

Supported by the United Nations, International Men’s Day, inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, is an annual international event that focuses on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. This year’s theme is “Keeping men and boys safe,” with a focus on preventing suicides and violence against men and boys, and boosting male life expectancy. Commemorations worldwide include public seminars, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, displays and marches.
World Toilet Day
November 19

World Toilet Day is an international public health awareness day focusing on sanitation and the importance of healthy toilet habits and illnesses associated with poor facilities, and to help make an impact on the 2.6 billion who live without access to clean sanitation, according to the event organizers.


World AIDS Day
December 1

World AIDS Day draws together people from around the globe “to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.” For a calendar of events, to download posters, and to find out how to get involved, visit In the UK, visit – AFP/Relaxnews

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