Seeking some serious female empowerment? UCHealth, one of Colorado’s largest healthcare networks, is hosting an event focusing on women’s health and fitness—with plenty of fun and inspiration thrown in, too. Evrē (pronounced “every”), to be held Oct. 15 at the Pepsi Center, is set to feature keynote speakers including Maria Menounos, a New York Times bestselling author and Emmy-winning journalist, who will share her experience of being diagnosed with a brain tumor while her mother was undergoing treatment for stage IV brain cancer. Registration is $25 (register here); UCHealth will donate all registration fees to the Women’s Foundation of Colorado to help lead change and build resources that allow every woman and girl in Colorado to achieve her full potential.
For a look inside the event, we caught up with Dr. Deborah Saint-Phard, director of the University of Colorado Women’s Sports Medicine Program, and a keynote speaker at the event.
What inspired this event?
“UCHealth has been really proactive in wanting to communicate to women in the community about their health and provide them resources and information. There is a lot of information out there that is inaccurate, or that needs to be known. We wanted to do some sort of seminar with women, and instead of providers deciding what women want, we decided to do a survey. So, earlier this year, UCHealth surveyed nearly 400 women throughout Colorado to determine which health, wellness and fitness topics are most important to them. In the research, heart health, skin issues and gynecological matters were resounding key themes. With this in mind, UCHealth designed evrē—pronounced ‘every’—as a unique women’s health and fitness event offering a personalized forum for attendees to explore and discuss health topics.”
What kind of impact do you hope to see as a result of this event?
“UCHealth is a nonprofit health system leading the way in innovation, high-quality medical care and unmatched patient experiences. Through events like evrē, UCHealth aims to reach a larger audience in Colorado and connect with women by responding directly with information on issues they’ve said are important to them. We’re hoping to create a place where women can come to interact and learn about health issues that are relevant to them in a fun, hands-on way. This will be a dynamic presentation of classes, people and topics where we can come together and celebrate women and health. I hope that women come and have a great time.”
What makes this event unique?
“Evrē is an empowering event created by women, for women. The fact that there will be medical experts on women’s care who are providing information on what women in Colorado are asking for is very unique. There are already a lot of forums where doctors talk to doctors, or that solely feature exercise expos, but we are bringing those together in a fun, super-lively venue where women will be speaking to women about empowering women. The event will feature informative health sessions, interactive fitness classes and drop-in wellness offerings for attendees.”
What sessions are you particularly looking forward to?
“I’m personally very excited to attend the NUFit class with Natalie Uhling. I’ve done Zumba, so I’m interested in how this is different. I also practice yoga, so I’m interested in the Sound Off Yoga session with Dr. Christa Schwind. Attendees should come dressed to engage in the fitness classes and prepared to participate in discussions! Skincare is also very important to me, so the UV facial scan and information on all-natural skincare is intriguing. There will also be a Pilates demo station, nutrition and hydration vendors, varicose vein screenings, chair massages—the list goes on.”