Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Walk and roll your way to physical actvity in May
Truman VA will host the eighth annual VA2K walk and roll event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The event promotes a short walk of 1.2 miles, which only takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The theme for this year’s event is the 1950s. Truman VA employees, volunteers and visitors are encouraged to participate. Although costumes are not required, those dressed in the best 1950s outfits have a chance to win prizes.
The event also is meant to be a way to promote a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is anything that gets the body moving. Walking is an excellent way to start a physically active lifestyle. There's no need for a gym membership or any special equipment. All you need is a good pair of shoes. Regular physical activity has many health benefits such as reducing the risk of health issues like depression, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. Physical activity also can help you feel like you have more energy. Even if you are out of shape or have not been active in a long time, walking allows you to be active safely.
Make exercise fun by choosing activities that you enjoy. Start at a comfortable level and increase at a healthy pace. If you have concerns about your health and whether you can exercise safely, talk with your health care team about activities that are best for you.
The VA2K event is not only about exercise, but also about helping homeless Veterans. Participants are encouraged to bring donations such as household cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, paper towels and toilet paper — all of which will be donated to local homeless Veterans. Event donation bins are located throughout Truman VA, as well as at Community Based Outpatient Clinics, the ProDental building, and the Buttonwood office. Although donations are encouraged, they are not required to participate. Since 2011, the annual VA2K event has generated donated goods valued at more than $2 million — all to help homeless Veterans.
Want to Know More?
If you want to learn more about how to be physically active, talk with your Truman VA health care team. They also can help if you have questions about making healthy lifestyle changes. If you would like more information about ways to be physically active and improve your health, check out these resources below:
- VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP): www.prevention.va.gov.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): https://health.gov/paguidelines/
- Veterans Health Library: www.veteranshealthlibrary.org
- HHS - President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition: https://www.fitness.gov/be-active/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/index.html
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/get-startedMay
- Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Committee