VA employees, Veterans and community members joined VA staff at the VA Ann Arbor Medical Center, and the Flint, Jackson and Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinics on May 21, 2014 for the 4th Annual VA2K Walk, Run & Roll. The annual event took place at VA hospitals and clinics around the country to encourage healthy choices and to support homeless Veterans with donated food and clothing items. This year’s event featured special guests Buddy Shue from Season 9 of “The Biggest Loser,” who gave an inspirational message about his fitness journey. Also making a cameo appearance this year was Shooter, the mascot for the Plymouth Whalers hockey team. Hundreds of people locally participated in the 1.2 mile walk, run & roll that raised thousands of dollars for homeless Veterans.
In all, 568 people participated in this year’s VA2K raising $14,960 to support homeless Veterans. In addition, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System also received national awards for participation, donations and most unique events.
The VA Ann Arbor Medical Center won the award for most unique because of special events such as yoga, kickboxing, and special visits from the Plymouth Whalers mascot Shooter and The Biggest Loser Season 9 contestent Buddy Shue.
The Flint Community Based Outpatient Clinic has the greatest participation of facilities that have less than 500 employees with 85% of employees participating.
The Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic had the largest amount of contributions for facilities with less than 500 employees with $11,171 in contributions.
All in all, it was a great event that promoted healthy life choices and benefited homeless Veterans and yet another fine example of how VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System fulfils our mission to “honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional healthcare that improves their health and well-being.”