You’ll probably start to notice more beards at some of Star Valley’s businesses and schools during November. Employees with the Bank of Star Valley, 1st Bank, Simplot, Broulims, LVE, Silver Star Communications and Lincoln County School District No. 2 have joined Star Valley Medical Center’s Novembeard, a program calling attention to preventative health care for men.
“October was breast cancer awareness month,” recalled Joel Johnson SVMC Foundation and Public Affairs Director, speaking about a month dedicated to preventative health care for women. “Now, November is about working on men’s health care programs, such as good prostate health.” Johnson continued, “Over 230,000 men are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer and 30,000 will die.” He added, “But, there are two million that are prostate cancer survivors, so it can be treated. It’s about awareness and coming in for the annual exams.”
Johnson included other important health care topics in his conversation with SVI Media about men’s good health care. He noted preventative care to address heart disease or diabetes. “One in three men will be diagnosed with heart disease,” he said. “You need to understand your family’s health history and come in for regular wellness checks.”
Emphasizing the need for early and regular health care checks, Johnson referenced his own experience where a physician discovered skin cancer, allowing for an early treatment program.
“November is all about awareness of men’s good health and taking care of ourselves,” he concluded. Johnson invited men to join in the beard contest, by taking a photo this week and submitting to SVMC. On Monday, Nov. 30, the hospital will host a culminating program, handing out awards for the Star Valley’s most successful and creative beards.
(Photo: Star Valley Medical Center lined up employees for a “before” photograph, that will later be compared to an “after” photograph in the Novembeard contest on Nov. 30. Women offer support for the program through a friend or spouse.)