Healthy Hunting: Northern Michigan ‘Novembeard’ Events Encourage Men to Get Screenings

Did you know that men spend an average of three minutes per day shaving? That’s 18 hours of grooming time every year!

Yet, nationally, 55 percent of men in the last year haven’t invested the one or two hours needed to get a physical.

That’s why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to encourage male hunters to set their sights on better health, just in time for the state’s firearm hunting season. To help get the word out, the two organizations are partnering with Jay’s Sporting Goods, Otsego Memorial Hospital and Mid-Michigan Hospital to offer free health screenings as part of the Novembeard campaign.

Stop by the Gaylord or Clare Jay’s Sporting Goods locations on Friday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff from both hospitals will offer free blood pressure and body composition checks and free cholesterol screenings on a first come, first served basis.

Each location will be raffling off a crossbow, with participants able to earn tickets by completing screenings. Gift cards will also be up for grabs.

“By offering the screenings in a convenient location for men who are prepping for the hunt, and with Jay’s offering incentives to participate, it’s easy to take just a few minutes to ensure you are physically ready for the woods this season and beyond,” said Suzanne Miller Allen, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Community Responsibility director.

You can also show off your gnarly beards and show your support of being a healthy hunter through the DNR’s Novembeard social media campaign on their Facebook page.

What do you do to stay healthy during hunting season? Tell us in the comments.

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Photo credit: Sean Winters

 

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