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March 21, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Category: Meeting
Location: Scott Hall Margherio Conference Center | Map
540 E. Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

As part of our Wayne Cares Initiative, I am delighted to announce that the American Heart Association (AHA) Detroit Heart Walk will take place on Wayne State University’s campus for the next three years!

I am honored to serve as the 2017 Co-Chair of the Detroit Heart Walk, which will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  President Wilson will lead as Co-Chair for the 2018 Heart Walk. This initiative is of particular significance to me for a variety of reasons.

I would like to invite the entire Wayne State family to join more than one million people in over 300 cities across the United States to take a stand against heart disease and help save lives by participating in this year’s Heart Walk. We are looking for coaches to create teams of walkers, with a goal of 65 team coaches from staff, faculty, and students, and 500 walkers representing Wayne State.

Here’s how you can start or join a team: CLICK HERE to be taken to our Wayne Cares site and then click on the red “Register Now” button.  You will be taken to our WSU page on the Heart Walk website and you can start your team or join an already registered team!

I know that we are all pulled in many different directions, and I thank you for taking a moment to view our website and consider participating in this important event.

We invite those that want to start a team – our team coaches – and anyone that wants to get more involved, to join us for a special kick-off session. We will go in to the Heart Walk in more detail, and provide everyone with a broader awareness of the American Heart Associations’ new Healthy for Good Movement.  Three sessions will be held:

  • March 21, 2017: Margherio Conference Center – School of Medicine – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • March 22, 2017: 5057 Woodward, 6th Floor Conference Room A – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • March 23, 2017: IBio Conference Center – 1st floor – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To join us for a kick-off session, please email research@wayne.edu with the date you are able to attend.

The Heart Walk is a celebration of the American Heart Associations’ new Healthy for Good Movement (https://secure2.convio.net/amha/site/SPageNavigator/healthy_for_good_home.html). This movement is designed to drive a mission around personalized health and awareness to live healthier lives, inspire a lasting change, and unify all of us around the simple idea that making a small change today can create a difference for generations to come. Wayne State University plays a critical role in this Healthy for Good Detroit movement every day through our important research, caring of patients and training of our students.

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 that we serve and the mission of the American Heart Association.

Over the next two months, we will be inviting the campus community to a number of events promoting the Healthy for Good Detroit initiative. I invite you to participate in these events and the Heart Walk to embrace the cause and create healthier lives.

I very much appreciate all of you for contributing your time and passion as we collectively work together on this important fight against cardiovascular disease and community awareness.  

Let’s join together as for sure - we are Warriors with Heart!


Steve Lanier, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 313-577-8845 or julie.oconnor@wayne.edu.