Summer is fast approaching in the Sunshine State and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) employees are gearing up to "beat the heat" to help Veterans.
The Bay Pines VAHCS will host its third annual VA2K "Walk and Roll" event on May 15, between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the main medical center campus. The event coincides with National Employee Health and Fitness Day and also raises awareness of the VA's commitment to ending Veteran homelessness.
"Organizational wellness activities promote a healthy workforce, improve morale and ultimately increase employee satisfaction and productivity," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS. "This event not only benefits the health and wellness of our workforce, it also helps raise awareness of our commitment to homeless Veterans. It’s a win-win."
As part of registering for the event, participants will have the opportunity to donate goods or money to benefit homeless Veterans. Goods accepted for donation include new hygiene products like soap, shampoo, tooth brush/paste, toilette paper, cleaning supplies, alarm clocks and clothing. The two kilometer "walk and roll" route will begin at the pavilion near building number one and extend to the walking trail behind the Community Living Center (building 101 and 71) and back. The event is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible.
Pre-registration for the VA2K is not required and those interested in participating should plan to arrive at the pavilion to begin the walk anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Veterans, their family members, VA employees, volunteers and members of the Tampa Bay community are invited to participate.
Media representatives are also welcome to attend the event and are encouraged to call Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, Bay Pines VAHCS, at 727-398-9531.