Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two More Movember Updates

For your viewing pleasure, here are our last two competitors' moustaches. Voting on this fantastic facial hair begins soon, with fabulous prizes to be announced. Stay tuned for more details!

Today's Movember Fact:
We've been talking about Movember all month, but what exactly is Movember? It's a worldwide organization dedicated to raising awareness about men's health issues and funding programs to help prevent prostate cancer and testicular cancer, and to treat men's mental health issues. Check out the Movember Foundation's website for more information on their mission and methods.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Two Weeks In, And The Moustaches Are Flourishing!

Check out the progress on our competitors' moustaches! Remember, aside from growing fantastic moustaches, Movember is a time to discuss men's health, so take the opportunity to talk to the men in your life about getting routine health exams and screenings.


Today's Movember Fact:
According to studies by Harvard Medical School, men are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, including smoking, drinking excessively, not wearing a seatbelt, and skipping routine health checkups, than women are. Check out the men's health page at BetterMedicine.com for tips on living a healthier life.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Open Enrollment Starts Today!

Health Insurance Enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace opens today! While those who had some qualifying event (for example, the loss of a job, death in the family, or divorce) were able to enroll before now, anyone who doesn't currently have health insurance is now able to enroll through Healthcare.gov. Open enrollment continues through February 15, 2015.

A few things to keep in mind:
  • If you can afford healthcare and choose not to buy it, most people must now pay a penalty when they submit their 2014 taxes in April. Healthcare.gov has a page dedicated to fees and exemptions that explains everything in detail.
  • If you already purchased health insurance through the Marketplace last year, it's likely you'll be automatically re-enrolled in your existing plan or a similar plan if you do nothing this year. However, you can always log in to Healthcare.gov and switch plans if you want to. For information on keeping or changing your plan, visit this page.
  • While open enrollment continues through February 15, 2015, if you want coverage to start on January 1, 2015, you must enroll by December 15, 2014.
For more information, including links to application forms, visit our updated page on the Affordable Care Act.

Also, don't forget that Certified Application Counselors from Grace Hill Health Centers will be on hand at Central Library, 1301 Olive St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday through the end of open enrollment. No reservations or appointments are required; just stop by with your questions!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another Movember Update

The rest of our competitors have sent in their updated moustache photos. Check 'em out below, and don't forget to share some info about men's health!


Today's Movember Fact:
More than 6 million men in America have depression each year. Several factors may contribute to a diagnosis of depression, including stress, hormones and brain chemistry, and a family history of depression. The National Institute of Mental Health has some great information about men and depression, including some real stories of living with the mental health condition.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Moustache updates!

We're 10 days into Movember, and our competitors have varying degrees of moustaches appearing. (Scott would like it known that he had to shave for a military event, but is starting over this week and intends to catch up with everyone else.) We're still waiting for a few competitors to submit their updated photos, but in the meantime, take a gander at what has transpired over the last week.


Today's Movember Fact:
The easiest way to stay healthy is to know and track your numbers for BMI (body mass index) and weight, waistline, blood pressure, both HDL (healthy) and LDL (unhealthy) cholesterol, and blood glucose (AKA sugar). Keeping track of these and keeping them in a healthy range helps lower your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and many types of cancer.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Even More Competitors!

Another day, another Movember participant (or two)! While they may be a couple days behind, or at least a couple days late taking their starting line photos, they're certainly welcome to compete! And so are you! Just send your beginning photos to kkrekeler@slpl.org to get started.

Today's Movember Fact:
Men are four times more likely to die from suicide than women are; however, women are three times more likely to report suicide attempts. To learn more about suicide prevention including warning signs, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

More Movember Competitors!

A hearty welcome to three new participants in the Movember moustache competition! It's still not too late to sign up! Just send a photo of your clean-shaven mug to kkrekeler@slpl.org and check out the Movember page for all the rules!

And don't forget to stop by Central Library this Thursday as we kick off our Movember movie month with Smokey and the Bandit. Representatives of Siteman Cancer Center's Prostate Cancer Community Partnership, the Testicular Cancer Society, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be on hand starting at 5:30 outside the auditorium; the movie starts at 6:30. Come by to show off that growing mo' and learn about men's health!

Today's Movember fact:
While testicular cancer is rare, accounting for just 1 percent of all male cancers, it is also the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35. For more information on testicular cancer, including how to do a self-exam, visit the Testicular Cancer Society.