You’ve probably heard of Movember, but did you know today is International Men’s Day, which raises awareness about male suicide rates, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer?
Shari here. Health — both mental and physical — are topics that are near and dear to my heart. I’m an Army brat who grew up around a lot of soldiers with PTSD + a few years ago, I lost my best friend Viktor to suicide, so the importance of taking care of your mental health has always mattered to me. I’ve also had three brain aneurysms and am somewhat of a self-proclaimed expert at making doctors appointments and following a check up schedule.
So today I wanted to share some tips and resources for our male readers on how to take care of yourself year-round by making sure your mental + physical health are a priority.
But first — a few facts: • 230,000+ men are diagnosed with prostate cancer yearly + about 30,000 will die from it. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men 15 – 34 years old.
• 90 American men die each day by suicide + one of the most common reasons men don’t ask for help is thinking they can handle hard times themselves.
• The most common cause of death for men in the U.S. is heart disease. 66 is the average age of a first heart attack for men, and men are nearly twice as likely as women to die prematurely from diabetes.
Tip #1: Schedule a check up. This sounds super easy, but a lot of data shows that men simply do not go to the doctor. You can’t deal with problems you don’t know are there. I will be the first to admit that calling people is not my jam, but a little incentive goes a long way. Call to schedule appointments ~45 minutes before lunch + put the appointment in your calendar right away. That way once you’ve done the boring adult thing, you can celebrate with lunch from your favorite local spot.
In the meantime — write down any questions you have and take them to the appointment. That way you don’t forget something important when you’re there. The day of: bring a sweatshirt or zip up jacket. Hospitals + doctors offices can get very cold, especially if you are having blood drawn.
Schedule that annual doctor’s check up today. Ron Swanson would be proud.
ComingSoon ○ Rofhiwa Books, a neighborhood bookstore and cafe, is opening in East Durham in 2021 on the corner of Driver + Angier. Check out their page for updates and announcements. 📚 ○ The Downtown Raleigh Alliancehas created a list of businesses that are #NowOpen and those that are #ComingSoon. Check out the list of nearly 20 spots that are opening soon here. 👀
Biz ○ Bolt, the micro-mobility scooter company that launched in Durham, is planning for a bigger NC rollout next year, with plans to expand to Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Greensboro in 2021. Riders in Durham have already logged 20,000 miles on the 200 local Bolt scooters + the 2021 rollout hopes to infiltrate the new cities with a fleet of 1,000 scooters. (Triangle Business Journal)
Edu ○ The Wake School Board has approved plans for the spring semester. Students Pre-K to fifth grade will continue with full time in-person classes. Middle schoolers will continue their three week rotations(one week in classrooms + two weeks of remote learning). High school students will move to the three week rotations as well. Learn more about the decision here. (WRAL)
Travel ○ Scaling down the Thanksgiving celebrations this year? Consider packing up and getting away for a stress-free roadtrip to Greenville, SC. Explore things to do around town + great hotel rates. 🧳Ⓟ
Number ○ $288,100. The Duke Energy Storefront Revitalization Grant Program has given $288,100 to 63 local businesses in the wake of COVID-19. Nearly 60% of the businesses that were chosen are owned + operated by women/minorities. The grant allows business owners to build e-commerce webpages, create outdoor seating, and upgrade health + safety elements for their businesses.
Dish ○ Not feeling like cooking this year? We hear you. One option for your Thanksgiving dinner: Afully-prepared feast courtesy of Lowes Foods. All they need is 24 hours notice. 🍽️ Ⓟ
Coronavirus ○ This week state officials announcedanew COVID-19 hotspot system after a surge in cases recently. The new system works on a color coded mapping system to indicate the level of community spread. It will be updated each month and officials hope that pointing out hotspots will allow business owners + residents to take extra precautions. You can read the full document here.
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Jose and Sons will reopen next month, after moving to the original El Rodeo spot in the Village at Townridge Plaza. Jose Ibarra originally opened El Rodeo at this location in 1995 + now, 25 years later, his sons are taking over the location.
Everyone is working hard to get the new location open as soon as possible, so be sure to check out their page for updates + announcements. 🍽
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Arts ○ Third Thursday Virtual Tour of the Gregg Museum | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 4–5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Guests will participate in an in-depth “walk” through the museum’s current exhibits. The tour will be presented in real-time so viewers can ask questions about the art.
TryThis ○ History and Highballs: Ayr Mount | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 7–8 p.m. | Virtual | Free| This program discusses some of our state’s most fascinating places, stories, and characters. If you’re not sure how to make a mixed drink, there will be an introduction on making mixed drinks.
FeaturedEvent ○Campbell University MBA Program Virtual Information Session | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 12–1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join a virtual information session to learn more about Campbell’s MBA program, currently offered at 3 locations — downtown Raleigh, 100% online and on the main campus in Buies Creek. They’ll cover the features, benefits, and application process, and also allow time for Q + A. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Beauty lovers, meet this holiday bundle from Thrive Causemetics. It has pretty much everything you need to look your best for the holidays: • award-winning brow gel • waterproof eyeliner • free tube of their best-selling mascara
The kit is an idealgift for your favorite beauty-lover (or a treat for yourself) – and it’s now available for just $46 (usually $70). Ⓟ