It began as a dare in a bar and has evolved into a full-fledged global charity movement.


I first heard about Movember last year, when several Facebook friends began posting pictures of themselves in various stages of facial hair growth throughout the month of November. But I never knew the story about how Movember — an initiative to raise awareness for men's health by having men grow mustaches — came to be.


In the Ted Talk posted below, Adam Garone, the co- founder of Movember, talks about the worldwide movement he started to get men talking about their health and raising money for the cause. Last year, the Movember movement inspired more than 850,000 mustaches with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Canada, the U.K., South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic — raising $126 million for prostate cancer research. That's some impressive mustache power!


Check out this video to learn how the Movember movement got started, and how it is changing the face of men's health. Oh, and if you're looking for tips on growing your own mo', be sure to check out Nick Offerman's mustache-growing tips.



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Movember co-founder Adam Garone on changing the face of men's health
In 2011, more than 854,000 men and women participated in the Movemeber movement, raising $126.3 million for prostate cancer research.