Remember, Remember the month of Movember!
It’s hard to believe that Movember (which is celebrated in the month of November) is almost 20 years old!
Painter’s brush, toothbrush, chevron, walrus, pyramid, pencil, lampshade, imperial, and that’s just the start of it, but what do these seemingly random things have in common? They’re all moustache types, and pretty soon you’re going to see a whole more of them because it’s Movember time! In honour of the yearly event, we’re looking at its origins and why it’s such a worthy cause to get behind – even if you can’t grow a mighty mo!
It all started in 2003 when “two mates from Melbourne, Australia (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) were having a quiet beer at the Gypsy Bar in Fitzroy when their conversation turned to recurring fashion trends. The moustache, a fixture in past decades, was nowhere to be seen in recent trends. They joked about bringing it back.” Since then it has grown with each passing year and is now a worldwide phenomenon with over 5 million active Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (yip, ladies, you can get involved too!).
As fun (and funny) as it can be, the concept has always been rooted in raising awareness about men’s health issues.
“The two friends decided to talk their mates into growing a Mo. Inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer.”
And what started as a playful challenge has become a formidable force of change in the lives of many men. For example, their research found that on average men across the world die six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Why does this happen? There’s no simple answer, but a lot of it has to do with the simplest thing: communication.
“70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our friends but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.”
It’s also about awareness and knowing when to start asking the right questions.
“At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.”
Similarly, men have to embrace their bodies and get to “know thy nuts” as the Movember team puts it.
“Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.”
There’s also something you can do every day to improve your health and decrease your chances of falling ill – move. And then move some more. Try to add more activity to your day. Here are a few things you can try to get you up on your feet without having to change too much.
- Take a walking meeting
- Park further away from the office
- Get off the bus a stop or two earlier
- Instead of the lift, take the stairs
- Cycle to work instead of driving
Men’s health and wellness often gets dismissed or simply ignored, which is exactly why Movember is so effective – it’s pretty hard to ignore 5 million moustaches passing you every day!
If you haven’t already signed up to join the challenge you can do so at movember. But more importantly, even if you don’t sign up, make some time to talk to a friend, you never know how much he, or you, might need it.
Till next month,
The Point Team x
Image credit: https://za.movember.com/
Spring on over to The Point this September
It’s time to seize the season and to make some warmer choices to last you till the end of the year. Say goodbye to the long, grey winter and hello to spring flowers and leaf buds. Spring is all about taking action, so this year we’re going to give you a few tips to survive this annual season-shift.
Yes, we’re leaping forth this spring, and we’re excited for the spring-inspired space we’ve jumped into. Here are a few tips that will point you in the right direction with a little help from The Point.
That’s right; we’re springing into our latest fitness gear and heading to The BUC Fitness Club where we’re making new and improved workouts with the help of their professional, expertly trained personal trainers. It’s all about maintaining winter goals and let’s be honest most of us need some serious help in creating a few fitness goals!
On your way to the fitness club, stop by Sportsmans Warehouse to treat yourself to a brand-new spring wardrobe. Take it from us, the moment you have a fab outfit you’re more likely to visit the gym on a regular basis (or we would like to believe).
Developing a fitness and health plan is great, but with the season shifting, you’re going to need a few precautions against those sniffles. Dis-chem Pharmacies is the ideal spot for all your vitamins and minerals this month. Take special care of your immune system and prepare your body for summer in the best possible way.
While focusing on your health and wellness, visit the Discovery store for a wellness checkup. You can earn up to thousands of points by simply having a quick checkup. Chat with a consultant about your points and how you can sign up to the vitality program (if you haven’t already) to transform your lifestyle while continuing to save.
Honestly, our favourite part of spring has always been the tastes we get to experience. Soothe your palate with a delicious frozen yoghurt at Myog, a quick peanut butter smoothie at Knead Bakery or a sultry summer salad at NV-80 Grill & Bar.
Make sure your new spring routine still includes a coffee from Bootleggers Coffee Company because let’s face it, no season is complete without a daily dose of caffeine in a hot or cold cup!
Dine with a difference this September with our specialised guide especially for you.
Celebrate Heritage Day this September at The Point!
Find out more about foraging in Cape Town’s veld and sea.
Celebrating Heritage Day this September
Heritage Day, on 24 September is a national holiday where South Africans can reflect on what it means to be part of the rainbow nation. With 11 official languages, numerous cultures and traditions, this public holiday is all about embracing and celebrating the diversity that makes our country unique.
Although not initially intended to be an official public holiday, it has become one of the South African holidays that add to the nations unity. In 1995, when the Public Holiday Bill was presented, it did not initially include this holiday, which was contested by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). Historically KwaZulu-Natal was an IFP stronghold and observed the day as Shaka Day. After serious negotiations, an agreement was reached to mark the day as, Heritage Day.
Why the different names used for Heritage Day?
As South Africans, we’ve come to recognise this public holiday like a few other names too, namely; Shaka Day and National Braai Day. Interestingly, September 24 is celebrated as Shaka Day in KwaZulu-Natal and is commonly referred to as Braai Day. Braai Day, albeit a little less formal, was an initiative started by Jan Scannell (also called “Jan Braai”). Referring to the day as Braai Day, was an attempt to focus on our shared culture as a nation and aimed at encouraging South Africans to celebrate their diversity with a braai.
Heritage Day at The Point
Celebrating Heritage Day this year will be “on point” with the help of The Point Shopping Centre. If you’re looking to spend the day with some family and friends, pop into the Checkers on the ground floor to pick up some braai essentials like meat from their extraordinary butchery, salads and sides from their fresh bars and of course the refreshing wine selection at your disposal.
If you’re looking for a day off from cooking and washing up, come around for a delicious breakfast or lunch at Knead Bakery or indulge in something a little less casual for supper at the exquisite NV-80 Grill & Bar.
This year September 24 falls on a Monday, so if you’re like us and have planned a long weekend – pop on through to stock up on some essentials for a weekend away. Visit the Bootlegger Coffee Company for a hefty dose of caffeine to get you through the days you are away from your usual coffee spot.
Whichever way you spend your Heritage Day, we wish you a relaxing and celebratory day.
Dine with a difference this September with our specialized guide especially for you.
Find out more about foraging in Cape Town’s veld and sea
Our Top Winning Winter Activities for the Whole Family
Are you looking for engaging ways to entertain the kids during the winter months? Finding something to do in a hurry can be quite tricky and many kids’ workshops, shows and specials don’t carry on beyond the school holidays. So we’ve compiled a quick list of tried and tested outings that are open for business throughout the colder months.
Feel The Rush
Rush indoor Trampoline Park in Claremont gives kids (and adults) the chance to let off some steam even when its raining cats and dogs outside. Rush features around 1700 square meters of the wall to wall interconnected trampolines, including dodge-ball courts, an 18000 cube foam pit, hydraulic slam dunk basketball hoops, battle beam and best of all a 4-meter high-Performance Wall. Rush also features a wavy lane and fidget ladder at selected parks. Rush accommodates non-participating guests with free WIFI, imported coffee, healthy snacks and cake bar while your family and friends enjoy the more energetic facilities that Rush has to offer. www.rushsa.co.za
Other reliable go-to locations:
The Two Ocean Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront https://www.aquarium.co.za
Amazing new location – City Rock now in Paarden Eiland. A climbing paradise for young and old alike. www.cityrock.co.za
The Planetarium (IZIKO Digital Dome), CBD
Go Up, Up and Away
Explore the natural beauty and grace of Table Mountain with your children during the Cableway Kidz Season, when two kids ride for free with an adult who has purchased a Kidz season adult return ticket online or from the Lower Cable Station. This offer runs from 27 April to 24 September 2018, 7 days a week (excluding the Cableway’s annual maintenance period 23 July – 5 August 2018). www.tablemountain.net
Go Tobogganing at Cool Runnings in Durbanville
Ride a pony or a camel or hold a snake at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie
Eikelaan Farm is a family-friendly farm hideaway that welcomes children of all ages. Kids are encouraged to participate in (or observe) daily activities on the farm. Walk or cycle around, feed the animals or simply enjoy the freedom of country life. Eikelaan offers affordable and comfortable accommodation for families just 10 minutes from Tulbagh. To learn more check out www.eikelaan.com
Hermanus is always a great place to head out to either on a day trip or for a weekend visit. You may even spot a whale or two.
Elgin – Old Mac Daddy’s old refurbished Airstream trailers are quirky and cool. There is a dam on the property, several wine farms nearby and two jungle gyms, a pool and a kids’ entertainment room on the property. Babysitters can be arranged. A must-see for a weekend escape with a difference. www.oldmacdaddy.co.za
Don’t let cold weather stop you and the kids from getting out and about. You’d be amazed how much there is to see and do in and around the Mother City during winter. There are loads of new adventures to be enjoyed. So be sure to explore more.
Till next month,
The Point Team x