Detroit VA Holds 5th Annual VA2K - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit VA Holds 5th Annual VA2K

A group of people pose for a picture at the 5th annual VA2K finish line.

The walk and roll event, held May 20th at the Detroit VA, was enjoyed by all! Many employees chose to walk with their service or team.

By Alysse Mengason, Public Affairs Officer
Friday, May 22, 2015

Hundreds of Detroit VA employees, volunteers and patients ‘walked and rolled’ in the 5th annual Detroit VA Healthcare System VA2K on May 20th.

The event is held each year at VA medical centers around the country to both promote health and wellness for employees and to advocate for our program for homeless Veterans. Each year, the route taken is twice around the medical center, but this year, due to the Emergency Department construction, organizers opted for a route straight up John R to Mack and back, twice.

People walking on the sidwalk during the VA2K.

This year, due to the Emergency Department construction here at the medical center, walkers and rollers took a different route, John R to Mack and back!

“This is the fifth year we’ve held this event here in Detroit and it has become so popular with our employees! This year, I’m pleased to say we collected thousands of dollars in items for our Veterans who are enrolled in our program,” said Dr. Pamela Reeves, Medical Center Director. Dr. Reeves kicked off the event at the medical center’s main entrance.

Leadership encourages employees to take part each year, even if wellness and fitness are not priorities. “I always say, let this be a way to get going with your commitment to healthy living,” said Dr. Reeves.

People at one of the registration tables at the VA2k.

Various programs and services, including UofD Mercy nursing students, too part in the event. Here, the future R.N.s helped all who attended understand why it’s so important to stay hydrated.

VA’s employee wellness program is known as WIN (Wellness is Now). WIN empowers employees with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to create a culture of health and wellness. WIN also encourages employees to use their appreciation of wellness to inspire Veterans to live healthier lifestyles. WIN integrates traditional occupational safety and health programs with health promotion activities, addressing both workplace and worker health and helping VA employees to do their important work of serving the Nation’s Veterans.

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