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Why Strong Alumni Connections Are Good for Your Health

Recently, The Boston Globe published an article with a pretty shocking headline… “The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness.”

Work and family take precedence as we age, and maintaining friendships becomes more of an option than a necessity. The weekend trips, grabbing a beer after work, and football tailgates fade away just gradually enough that we don’t realize it. Without strong friendships, men’s health suffers. According to the article, loneliness has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke and the progression of Alzheimer’s. One study found that it can be as much of a long-term risk factor as smoking.

It’s not too late to turn it around… we’re here for each other.

Thanks to Phi Phi Chapter, you have many friends—brothers, in fact—with whom you already share common bonds. Being a member of AXP is a lifelong privilege, so take advantage of your membership. Reconnect with brothers, revitalize your friendships. Come to an event, check out headquarters events in your area, or use our online directory to look up that brother you haven’t talked to in years. Get. In. Touch. Don’t wait. Do it now. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni network, the tools you need are all right here.

And remember,Phi Phi can only survive if we have loyal support from our alumni. Your gift to our centennial capital campaign will help preserve these same opportunities for future generations. If you haven't made your gift yet this year, please donate today to ensure our program lives on to serve you and your fellow brothers!