VA hosts 2K walk as fundraiser

VA hosts 2K walk as fundraiser

DANVILLE — The Veterans Affairs Illiana Healthcare System is hosting a 2K "walk and roll" event to coincide with National Employee Health and Fitness Day.

Registration will begin at 4 p.m. May 15 on the medical center's main campus, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.

The walk will begin at 4:30 p.m. near the Freedom and Liberty houses, and end at about 5:30 p.m.

It is free and open to the public.

However, donations such as gift cards to Walmart, County Market or other local stores or Visa and Mastercard gift cards will be accepted. All of the donations will be used to support homeless veterans programs.

"Work site wellness activities enhance employee engagement and contribute to a more productive and healthy workforce," said director Emma Metcalf, who called last year's event "extremely successful."

"We intend to collect even more in-kind donations and involve more participants in support of wellness and homeless veterans."

The event is one of many 2Ks taking place at veterans hospitals across the U.S. At the event, the chief of voluntary service will speak about the health care system's need for in-kind gifts to carry out existing programs for homeless veterans.

The VA employee's wellness program is known as WIN — Wellness is Now. It aims to empower employees with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to create a culture of health and wellness and 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 serve the nation's veterans.

For more information, call Erica Dubrois 554-3673 or Jennifer Gerrib at 554-5679.

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