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Heart health and you

Do you want to maintain a healthy heart as you age? Join HAP to learn how exercise can help keep your heart and lungs healthy. You’ll also find out how physical activity helps your entire body.

You’ll hear from Dr. Barry Franklin, the director of William Beaumont Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and Exercise Laboratories. He’ll discuss how:

  • Physical activity and heart and lung exercise may help you live to be 100.
  • Aging can negatively impact bodily functions.
  • Resistance training can reverse a decrease in muscle strength and endurance.
  • Weekly walking distance can predict death and damage to the heart.
  • Physical activity impacts mind and sexual function.
  • Dr. Dennis Kerrigan, senior clinical exercise physiologist at Henry Ford Hospital, will teach stretch band exercises. Each guest will receive a band.

Henry Ford Health System nurses will do blood pressure screenings.

A HAP personal service coordinator will answer questions regarding HAP health plan benefits.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Free box lunch available.

Space is limited. You may bring one adult guest. Please register you and your guest.

To register, call (800) 501-4901 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(800) 501-4901

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34950 Little Mack Ave. Clinton Township, 48035
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Barry A. Franklin, PhD, FACSM, MAACVPR, FAHA
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Dr. Barry Franklin serves as Director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and holds faculty appointments as Professor of Physiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Professor of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. His research over the past 4 decades combines exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, preventive cardiology and lifestyle medicine. Accordingly, Dr. Franklin and his associates have studied the cardiorespiratory and hemodynamic responses to snow removal, lawn mowing and deer hunting. He is a past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and the American Journal of Medicine and Sports, and is a past president of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR, 1988) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM, 1999). He has also held multiple leadership positions with the American Heart Association (AHA), at the local, regional and national level, including appointments to the national AHA Board of Trustees as well as a member of the Administrative Cabinet. Dr. Franklin is a past Chair of the AHA’s Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism as well as the Advocacy Committee. His professional accomplishments have been recognized through a number of honors and awards, including: Award of Excellence (AACVPR); Pollock Established Investigator Award (AACVPR); Award of Meritorious Achievement (AHA); Outstanding Medical Research Award (William Beaumont Hospital); and, Citation and Honor Awards (ACSM). In 1995, he served as a member of the Expert Panel, Cardiac Rehabilitation Guideline, convened by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of 15 scientific and clinical journals, including the American Journal of Cardiology, Sports Medicine, Physician and Sportsmedicine, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, American Journal of Health Promotion, and BottomLine Health. He has written or edited nearly 600 publications, including 481 papers, 85 book chapters, and 26 books, and has given over 1,000 invited presentations to state, national and international, medical and lay audiences. In 2015, he was listed by Thomson Reuter’s among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (Clinical Medicine).

Dennis Kerrigan, PhD, ACSM-CEP
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Dr. Kerrigan is a clinical exercise physiologist and Director of Outpatient Exercise Programs at Henry Ford Hospital’s main campus in Detroit Michigan. He earned his B.S. from Bowling Green State University (1998), M.S. from Eastern Michigan University (2002), and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (2008). In his current role is as the Director of Outpatient Exercise Programs in Preventive Cardiology, he oversees the Downtown Henry Ford Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program as well as exercise programs for cancer, and bariatric populations. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Kerrigan also conducts research in patients with heart disease, cancer, and obesity. He was the primary investigator for the Rehab-VAD trial, the first randomized trial of cardiac rehabilitation in patients in the United States with left ventricular assist devices. Currently he is the PI in the HF-PROACTIVE trial a trial examining the potential preventive effects of exercise in patients with early markers of chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity.

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