LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The City of Laurel is supporting a friendly competition between a local hospital and a new industry which should help "grow" awareness for men's health-related issues. Mayor Johnny Magee signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring November as International 'Movember' Month.
The "MO" is short for mustache, and that's what some men at South Central Regional Medical Center and GE Aviation will be growing in the coming weeks to bring attention to men's health issues.
A "best mustache" winner will be declared in early December.
"The mustache is a way to get people's attention, people who may not normally grow mustaches will do it during the month of November and there'll be T-shirts and buttons which explain what Movember is," said Nate Beach, plant leader at GE Aviation. "But, it's really around just raising awareness for men's health issues," he said.
"There are very few initiatives which focus on men's health and this is one of the best," said Doug Higginbotham, president and CEO of South Central Regional Medical Center. "It's an international movement and GE came to us with this and we were more than happy to participate," he said.
"We applaud South Central Regional Medical Center and GE Aviation for being a part of this and bringing this to the forefront, so that people will be aware that men's health is very, very important," said Johnny Magee, mayor of Laurel.
About 30 competitors from both the hospital and GE Aviation will be taking part.