American Heart Association Heart Walk brings more than 12,000 to Wayne State’s Campus

By Victor Green

Wayne Cares, in partnership with the Michigan Chapter of the American Heart Association, participated in the Detroit Heart Walk on May 20, 2017. 

More than 800,000 people in the U.S. die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases each year. But 80 percent of cardiovascular disease could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, controlling cholesterol, physical activity and not smoking.

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. With heart disease and stroke being the number one and number four killers of all Americans, the American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives.

This year Wayne State University hosted the Heart Walk on campus and joined more than 1 million people in 300 cities nationwide to take a stand against heart disease. More than 12,000 people came to Wayne State’s main campus to participate in this year’s event. Nearly 500 Wayne State participanes and 46 Wayne Cares teams walked and raised more than $25,000 this year. 

“Our goal is to improve cardiovascular health by 20 percent and reduce the number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020,” said Beth Collins, Detroit Heart Walk vice president. “Getting people active is one way that we are able to get closer to achieving our goal.”

“As an urban serving university and as part of our overall mission, I believe that this engagement is a reflection of our commitment to the broad communities we serve and the mission of the American Heart Association,” said Stephen Lanier, co-chair of the 2017 Detroit Heart Walk and vice president for research at Wayne State University. “The Heart Walk promotes fun ways to be physically active and make healthier choices every day. And it allows us all to embrace the cause to create healthier, longer lives.”

Wayne State University will host the Detroit Heart Walk for the next two years. 


Wayne State University students, staff, and faculty gather before participating in the 2017 Michigan Chapter of the American Heart Association Detroit Heart Walk.

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