The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association encourages community members to mark their calendars for a day of thought-provoking ideas and inspirational praise on Friday, Sept. 9. The day kicks-off with goREDTALKS on the campus of the DMC Heart Hospital, located at 311 Mack Ave. in Detroit from 8 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m. The day concludes with the Most Powerful Voices Concert and Health Expo, which kicks off at 5 p.m. followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring 10-time Grammy award-nominated artist Marvin Sapp at Second Ebenezer Church, located at 14601 Dequindre Rd. in Detroit. Attendees are encouraged to register for these events.
The goREDTALKS is an event based on the principles of TEDx. Attendees have the opportunity to hear short talks from leaders representing various industries. New this year is the addition of a Detroit Public Schools STEM Program competition. The winner will receive a scholarship and present an essay on “Changing the Culture of Health in Detroit.”
“Our goal is to bring together bright minds to share ideas and foster learning on issues that matter here in Detroit,” said Mindy Lopus, director of Go Red For Women for the southeast Michigan American Heart Association.
“I’m really excited for everyone to hear from Toni Carey, who co-founded a movement called Black Girls Run that encourages and inspires African-American women to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Lopus. “Toni, has an inspiring message about grassroots organizations and the importance of getting up and getting moving.”
In the evening, the public can dazzle in their “Sunday’s Best” for the Most Powerful Voices Concert, an informative praise fest, designed to educate African-Americans about stroke and equip the community with resources that will help them achieve ideal health.
“Participation in these activities is crucial for me. It puts a face behind the hard work that’s done throughout Metro Detroit,” said Darren Nichols, a stroke survivor and local spokesman. “By putting my endeavor out front, it forces the tough conversations about stroke and heart disease in people’s households. That hopefully gets folks to change their unhealthy lifestyles and transform lives. That’s what it’s all about. Saving lives.”
Nichols, is also launching a stroke hero challenge, a social media campaign to help raise awareness and funds for the American Stroke Association’s multicultural programming. To participate, the public can share a short dance video fromAug. 8 – Sept. 9 using the hashtag #strokeherochallenge.
The expo features free health screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations, health information and give-a-ways followed by a musical celebration featuring gospel artist Marvin Sapp and other special guests.
Kristian Hurley, multicultural director for the southeast Michigan American Heart Association, said stroke is a major health concern in the African-American community. “Since African Americans experience a stroke twice as often as Caucasians, we’re hoping attendees take the life-saving knowledge back to their communities to lower their risk for stroke,” said Hurley.
Day of Heart Details:
goREDTALKS, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Campus of DMC Heart Hospital
Toni Carey, Founder, Black Girls Run
Dr. Cindy Grines, M.D., Detroit Medical Center
Meighan Girgus, Chief Mission Officer, American Heart Association
Jacques Panis, President, Shinola
Jayne Homco, President, Kroger
To register for goREDTALKS visit, http://www.dmc.org/GoRedTalk.
Most Powerful Voices Concert & Health Expo
Health Expo – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Concert – 7:30
To register for the Most Powerful Voices Concert and Health Expo featuring Marvin Sapp, visit heart.org/MPVDetroit