Movember in West Michigan


Rapidly becoming quite the phenomenon, Movember kicked off just a few days ago on November 1st across the globe. The organization launched in 2003 as a simple way to start the conversation around men’s health awareness by growing mustaches for the month of November. In other words, Movember is “changing the face” of men’s health. At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, we stand behind Movember as a strong advocate for men’s health and cancer awareness. What better way to break the ice on an otherwise sensitive area of conversation than to #ShoYoMo!

In West Michigan, specifically, BCBSM has launched an Executive Stache-Off. Collaborating with other businesses and professionals in the area, the team of Executives has started to grow their mustaches in hopes of earning the 2013 title of “Best Mustache.” At the culmination of the month, each executive will come together at an Official Shave-Off located at an area salon. Not only does the competition support Movember, men’s health, and cancer awareness, but it also brings local businesses together in support of a universal cause.




For this year’s Executive Stache-Off competition, we are pleased to welcome five different area executives in the challenge. The participants include:


-Jeff Connolly, President of West Michigan Operations and Managed Care for BCBSM

-Jeff Lambert, President and Managing Partner for Lambert Edwards & Associates

-Thomas Haas, President of Grand Valley State University

-Brian Pangle, President and CEO of Clark Retirement Community

-Jerry Kooiman, Assistant Dean of External Relations for the MSU College of Human Medicine


Follow along on our Facebook and A Healthier Michigan to watch the growth of these mustaches!



Are you ready to #ShoYoMo for Movember?

Kristin Coppens

About Kristin Coppens

Kristin Coppens is responsible for BCBSM coverage of the West Michigan, Northern Michigan, and Upper Peninsula regions. Kristin is a writer, social media enthusiast, and information junkie. A self-proclaimed foodie, techie, and political nerd, she is a dedicated promoter of Grand Rapids community development, urban engagement, arts, healthcare, wellness, supporting and buying local, entrepreneurism, and the city as a whole.
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