March MAN-ness, a series of men’s health events
With a nod to NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament, University of Colorado Health created its own men’s health awareness month—March MAN-ness—to emphasize the importance of disease prevention and early detection for men, who typically tend to avoid health checkups.
March MAN-ness will feature three free panel discussions—staged in the style of a sports press conference—presented March 5, 6 or 7 in Greeley, Loveland and Fort Collins. Panelists will be Colorado Health Medical Group providers from primary care, oncology, cardiology, and urology, four medical areas where men’s lives are most impacted.
The events will be held in locations favored by some men: breweries and bars, during happy hour. There will be complimentary food and drink, as well as sports trivia competition and opportunities to win Colorado Eagles season tickets and jerseys signed by the hockey team. Attendees are encouraged to wear sports garb.
Many men wait until they are sick or in pain to see the doctor. Avoidance often occurs for a number of reasons. Common explanations are that it's embarrassing or inconvenient. Some feel that they're already healthy while others are afraid of the exam and possible results.
At the events, attendees will:
- Hear stories about community members saved by early detection;
- Gain an understanding of how nutrition and exercise can prevent cancer and heart disease;
- Receive information on the importance of early detections screenings; and
- Learn to identify early warning signs.
Time will be available for questions.
Participating physicians and specialists include Regina Brown, Michael Eddy, Benjamin Girdler, Patrick Green, Douglas Kemme, Michael Lee, Brad Miller, Bradley Oldemeyer, Victor Palomares, Joshua Petit, Timothy Soper, Matthew Sorensen, Ann Stroh and Daniel Zenk.
The events are free to members of the public, 21 years of age or older. Men and women are welcome. For more information and to register visit: marchmanness.org.
For those who cannot attend, the panel discussions will be streamed live through Google+ Hangouts and on-demand through UCHealth’s YouTube channel.