VA Western New York Healthcare System
2017 “VA2K Walk & Roll”
April 25, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE y
Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753 Cell: (716) 512-9338
2017 “VA2K Walk & Roll” Promotes Fitness While Helping at Risk Veterans
On May 17, the 7th annual “VA2K Walk & Roll” event will be held at VA Western New York Healthcare System Buffalo and Batavia sites as well as VA locations across the country to encourage healthy activity while supporting homeless and at risk Veterans. Local events run from 11am to 12:45pm at VA Western New York Healthcare System located at 3495 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo (Veterans Park), and 222 Richmond Avenue in Batavia, New York (Patio). In the event of inclement weather, the VA2K will be held indoors. Pre-registration is not required.
VA2K Walk & Roll event is free and open to the general public encouraging VA employees, Veterans and the general public to adopt an active lifestyle by providing the opportunity to enjoy a short two-kilometer (approximately 1.24 miles) walk. This walk can be completed in about 20 minutes.
VA2K also helps homeless and at risk Veterans. Participants are encouraged to bring donations in the form of items such as T-Shirts, socks, underwear and new clothing (LG-XXL), toilet paper and paper towels, full-sized personal hygiene items, household cleaning supplies, and laundry detergent . After collecting these items they are distributed to Western New York homeless and at risk Veterans. Donations are completely voluntary and are not required in order to participate in the event.
“Worksite wellness activities enhance employee engagement and contribute to a more productive and healthy workforce,” said Brian Stiller, Medical Center Director. “Our goal is to collect even more in-kind donations and involve more participants in support of wellness and homeless Veterans this year.”
The event is open to people of all fitness levels and can be done over a lunch break. 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 and at Veterans. For additional information and more event details, please contact Kristen Smarker at 716-862-8803.