Borough President James Oddo strikes up another island-wide campaign this month. The national "Movember" movement takes place over the month of November, encouraging men to grow out their mustaches. The facial hair, however, is just a playful symbol of the deeper meaning: to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other men's health risks, and to have more men take an active interest in their health.

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Oddo asks residents to post their Movember pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the tag #simovember. Photos with this tag may be reposted on Oddo's Staten Island USA accounts. To further raise awareness, participants are asked to also tag the men in their lives. For those unable to grow a real one, printable cutouts are availble for download at the Staten Island USA website. 

As part of the initiative, a special men's health page has been added to the Staten Island USA website. Information there is provided by Dr. Ginny Mantello, Oddo's Director of Health and Wellness. The page highlights important health information for men, including screening tests and immunization guidelines.

In a statement about the movement, Oddo said, "There are certain things in our control when it comes to our health. We need to exercise that control. That means getting past any hesitations we have as men to go to the doctor. That means taking the time from our busy schedules to take the steps that will help us stay healthy and there for our families."

We know that men are sometimes hesitant to go to the doctor and participate in regular check-ups, and that is exactly why Oddo is so outspoken about this initiative. Addressing women now, he said, "Talk to your husbands, fathers, and grandfathers and tell them how much they mean to you, and remind them to go to their doctor, get their screenings, and to take other measures to live a healthier lifestyle."

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