No Shave NovemBirds

Put down your razors this November

No Shave NovemBirds is a month-long challenge for BGSU students, staff, and faculty to raise awareness of men's health issues, encourage conversations, and challenge men to take charge of their health. 

Think You Can Grow the Best Beard or Mustache On Campus?


Share your beard and mustache pictures on social media, mention Wellness Connection and use #noshavenovembirds or #bgsumenshealth for a chance to win prizes, including a $50 gift card.
Photos must be submitted by Sunday, November 26. The 4 - 5 finalists are chosen by a panel of celebrity judges. BGSU faculty, staff, and students can vote for their favorite finalist Monday, November 27 - Wednesday, November 29 through an active Twitter poll. 

Contest Categories:
  • Best Beard and Mustache
  • Best New Beard
  • Best New Mustache
  • Best Bed Head
  • People's Choice

Props permitted, open to all genders.


Winners to be announced Thursday, November 30 at the Wellness Connection's Pajama Party from 10 PM - 1 AM.

  • Men are becoming more prone to being diagnosed with chronic physical health problems including asthma, hypertension, and diabetes
  • 1 in 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • 16 percent of men struggle with mental health illnesses such as anxiety and/or depression
  • 1 in 3 men suffer from cardiovascular disease
  • Binge drinking is twice as prevalent amont men than among women
  • Suicide rates amont American men are 4 times higher than among American women
  • Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death
  • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the United States. If detected early there is a 98% chance of survival beyond 5 years, but only a 26% chance if detected late.

To learn more about men's health issues, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Men's Health page or the Men's Health Network website. 

Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with regular checkups.

The most common cancer in American men ages 15 - 34 is testicular cancer. The best way to detect an issue early is with a regular self-examination. You know your body better than anyone, if you notice any irregularities see a doctor as soon as possible.


Find out what you can do to make sure you are staying healthy, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's CDC Prevention Checklist.

In the following videos, Bowling Green Family Care Center's Dr. Terry Fondessy talks about men's health issues including prevention at different ages and the importance of immunizations. 

Preventive Care