Comedian, Actress and Heart Advocate Kim Coles to Serve as Special Guest Speaker for the Event

On Saturday, July 23, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, along with our partners – the American Heart Association and the DMC Guild – will be throwing the Heart of the Neighborhood Party & Bike Tour to celebrate and encourage our neighbors in northwest Detroit to adopt a healthier lifestyle – both with activities and eating habits.

“We’re inviting everyone to bring their whole family to the hospital for a day of FREE heart-healthy fun,” said Sinai-Grace CEO Paula Autry, FACHE. “It’s going to be a great day for the community to learn more about heart health and find out fun, simple ways they can strengthen their heart and prevent heart disease.”

We’ll begin the day at 7:30 a.m. with check-in for participants in the first-ever Sinai-Grace Bike Tour, as well as free bike checks provided by The Hub/Back Alley Bikes. We’re offering two options for the Tour – a five-mile and a 12-mile route – both down historic West Outer Drive. At 8:15 a.m. there will be a 10-minute warm up for riders led by Yoganic Flow. Then, at 8:30 a.m. the 12-mile ride begins, with the five-mile ride starting at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is required for the Bike Tour and is limited to the first 125 people. Those interested in participating can register at

The main event will begin at 10 a.m., with our special guest speaker – comedian, actress and heart advocate Kim Coles, known for Living Single, In Living Color and The Geena Davis Show.

At 10:45 a.m., the heart-healthy presentations and fun family activities begin. Presentation topics include: heart-healthy tips for the whole family, healthy-cooking and heart-wise grocery shopping on a budget and a yoga sampler class for all to participate (mats will be provided).

In addition to the heart-healthy presentations, there will be loads of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including obstacle courses, a rock wall, face painting, a trackless train and physical fitness challenges with prizes for the winners! We’ll have eight food exhibitors selling a variety of fresh foods. Attendees will also have the chance to meet Tracey McCaskill and the MIX 92.3 Crew while enjoying sounds by WMXD.

We also have a special treat for attendees, the MEGA Heart® – a giant, two-story heart that attendees can walk through and discover how the heart works from the inside out — during the party one of our cardiologists will offer guided tours and explain what happens to the heart with the various heart conditions.

Because this is a party for the community, we’ve brought partners in to provide resources and health information. We’ll be offering free cardiac-health screenings for the first 250 people 18 and older, and trained counselors will be there, ready to help enroll people in low-cost health insurance through the Healthy Michigan Plan.

“Sinai-Grace Hospital has been committed to northwest Detroit, and the health of its residents, for more than 100 years,” said Mrs. Autry. “We hope our neighbors will come out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 23 to celebrate with us at our Heart of the Neighborhood Party & Bike Tour.”

The Heart of the Neighborhood Party & Bike Tour is made possible by a $50,000 grant from the DMC Guild, as well as its sponsors: AARP, Bard Medical, Cardinal Health, Cook Medical, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Medtronic and St. Jude Medical.

The event is FREE to the public. RSVP is preferred, but not required for party; however RSVP is mandatory for the bike ride and limited to the first 125 riders. For more information, or to register, call 888-DMC-2500 or visit DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital is located in Detroit at the corner of Schaefer and W. Outer Drive.

About DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital (

Located in Northwest Detroit, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital is a full-service hospital with 404 licensed beds and nearly 800 physicians, 700 nurses, and over 1500 other health care professionals. Services and capabilities include cardiology, emergency medicine, level II Trauma Center, obstetrics/gynecology, urological services, psychiatry, radiation oncology, physical medicine, neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery. DMC Sinai-Grace operates eight ambulatory sites and surgery centers, including the Berry Surgery Center. With more than 214,000 patients annually, DMC Sinai-Grace serves as a teaching facility to more than 200 medical students each year. DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).

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