Evening Of Inspiration Brings Attention To Stroke Risks

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(Photo: Publicity shot, Selected Of God Choir)

(Photo: Publicity shot, Selected Of God Choir)

DETROIT (CW50) – To educate the world about risk factors that bring on a stroke, the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association is hosting an evening of inspiration October 27.

The Most Powerful Voices Concert and Health Fair happens at New Providence Baptist Church, 18211 Plymouth Road in Detroit. The concert is free.

The health fair kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and features health screenings, give-a-ways, CPR and fitness demonstrations. It’s followed by the musical showcase at 7 p.m., which features performances from national recording artists Dr. Dorinda Clark Cole, J. Moss, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard and Selected of God among others.

According to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people, but African Americans are at particularly high risk. After suffering a stroke and heart attack simultaneously, Antoinne Longmire, knows first-hand the after effects and the importance of prevention.

“Before the stroke and heart attack, I smoked cigarettes and ate fried foods often,” said Longmire. A stint with dizziness and heart burn, eventually led Longmire to the hospital when he suffered his life changing event. “If you’re feeling heart burn or pain, go to the hospital and get checked, regardless of insurance,” said Longmire.

In an effort to increase attendance, organizers are urging local churches to join the Church of Power Competition. The winner — or the church with the most attendees — will receive a $1,500 gift card and a year of Power To End Stroke programming which includes: cooking demonstrations, fitness workshops and a screening of the HBO documentary “Weight of the Nation.”

To join the competition, churches must complete the entry form located at www.heart.org/semi by October 12. All participating churches will be listed in the concert’s booklet with an advertisement for their church. Send completed forms to kristian.hurley@heart.org or fax to her attention at 248-936-5784.

To register for the Most Powerful Voices Concert, visit http://www.heart.org/semi or call 248-936-5834. The event is free, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Most Powerful Voices Concert and Health Fair is sponsored by Aetna, 855 PainLine, CW50, MIX 92.3, FM 98 WJLB, LivingWell Magazine and Detroit Medical Center.

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