March MAN-ness mixes brains, brawn

UCHealth event gives men healthy excuse for a night out
Feb. 3, 2016

Before the nation’s best college basketball teams take the court for March Madness, UCHealth is calling a timeout — to spotlight men’s health and help the fellows become better players at maintaining healthy lifestyles.

With assists from the Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and other Colorado sports programs, UCHealth will host three March MAN-ness events throughout the state during the first week of March to emphasize the importance of disease prevention and early detection for men.

The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 7 at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland; March 9 at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs; and March 10 at Top Golf in Cenntennial.

The free event is the perfect mixture of health information, bar trivia, pushup contests, beer, food and fun for men.

“Some of us guys get a little stubborn when it comes to making sure our bodies are okay. So, events like this are great to raise awareness and talk about it openly where everyone is comfortable,” said Clarke Saunders, a Colorado Eagles player who was a featured guest at last year’s event.

UCHealth’s March MAN-nessTrivia and feats of strength are just part of the fun of UCHealth’s March MAN-ness. The annual events put the spotlight on men’s health topics that aren’t discussed enough. This year’s events will be held March 7 in Loveland, March 9 in Colorado Springs and March 10 in Centennial. Photo by UCHealth.
The discussions at March MAN-ness raise awareness of what men need to watch out for and motivate them to start conversations with their doctors, said Dr. Douglas Kemme, a UCHealth oncologist who has been a featured panelist at the event several times in the past. “Not only can the right screenings detect a problem, they often can catch that problem at an early stage, before the cancer has a chance to spread much. That can increase a person’s survival rate dramatically.”

This year’s March MAN-ness will feature useful insights from men’s health experts in primary care, cardiology, oncology and orthopedics, as well as surprise guest appearances.

UCHealth will be hosting three March MAN-ness events across Colorado this year:

  1. 6-8 p.m. March 7 at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.
  2. 6-8 p.m. March 9 at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
  3. 6-8 p.m. March 10 at Top Golf in Centennial.

The events include two drink tickets, food, entertainment, feats of strength and chances to win prizes, including sports tickets and gear from the Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and other Colorado sports programs.

Registration is required, as space is limited. For more information and to reserve a seat, go to or call 970-237-7101.

March MAN-ness events are open to all men and women age 21 and older, and will be most relevant for those 40 and older.

About the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.