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Bay Pines VA to Host VA2K "Walk and Roll" Event on May 15

April 24, 2013

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BAY PINES, Fla. – 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.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,500 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The Bay Pines VA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The healthcare system is also a three-time winner of the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award, the VA’s top honor for quality achievement. The healthcare system operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. Every year Bay Pines VAHCS treats nearly 100,000 Veterans while providing a full range of high quality medical, psychiatric, and extended care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings. For more information about the Bay Pines VAHCS, please visit www.baypines.va.gov or "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines