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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

 

Bay Pines VA to Host VA2K “Walk and Roll” Event on May 17

May 9, 2017

BAY PINES, Fla. – With summer right around the corner and temperatures on the rise, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) employees are gearing up to “beat the heat” in support of homeless Veterans and those at risk.

The Bay Pines VAHCS will host its seventh annual VA2K "Walk and Roll" event on Wednesday, May 17, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the C.W. Bill Young VA 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.

The VA2K is a short two-kilometer, or 1.2 mile walk, which takes around 20 minutes and can be easily completed during a lunch break. There is no cost to participate and is open to employees, Veterans, and the general public. The route will begin at the helipad pavilion located across from building number one and extend to the walking trail behind the Community Living Center (building 101 and 71) and back. Click here to access and view the VA2K route map.

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 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, alarm clocks and clothing. Donations are not required to participate.  Nationally, since 2011, more than $1.73 million in donations have been raised during VA2K events to directly support homeless Veterans.

Whether you team up with a coworker, a friend, or participate on your own, there’s no better time than now to step up your fitness level and help improve the lives of homeless Veterans. For additional information and more event details, please call 727-398-6661, extension 15512.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fifth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS 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. To learn more, please visit www.baypines.va.gov, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vabaypines.