VA2K Walk and Roll | VA Portland Health Care
The VA2K Walk and Roll is an annual event designed to inspire VA employees, veterans and the community to incorporate healthy activities into their work day while supporting homeless veterans.
The VA2K Walk and Roll is an annual event designed to inspire VA employees, veterans and the community to incorporate healthy activities into their work day while supporting homeless veterans. Since 2011, over $2,771,409 in donated goods has been raised nationwide.
How do I register?
Contact Dani Olauson, VA2K and Whole Health Employee Well-being Coordinator, 503-220-8262 ext. 57866. VA staff can send emails.
You will receive an email with further information no later than Friday, May 13th. Submit your total steps or distance by close of business on May 23rd.
What is the VA2K Virtual Week?
Everyone is encouraged to walk and roll 1.24 miles (about 2,625 steps, 20-30 minutes) at least once a week for health.
How does this support homeless veterans?
Due to COVID-19, virtual donations are accepted but not required. Select VA Portland Health Care System for setup. Choose Community reintegration services as a donation program. Enter VA2K in the Donor Intent/Additional Information section. Visit the E-donate website to submit a virtual donation.
Employees can receive a VISN 20 MOVEmployee pin and veterans and community members can receive a VA2K visor (while supplies last).
Can I put together a team?
Yes! Individual, couple and team hikers are all welcome. VA2K is a great opportunity to gather with friends, family and colleagues for a shared activity (while observing current COVID-19 precautions). Team members don’t have to physically walk and roll together.
Get others to join you and compete against other teams to see how many people will go and roll! Total distance will be calculated at the end of the event to see “where” in the United States VA Portland Walk and Rollers have made it.
Where do I walk?
Outdoor routes around VA locations are walk-and-roll friendly and provided for convenience but are not required. Click on the location link to access the routes/maps. To walk 2 km inside VA Portland Medical Center, you can walk 5 “loops” on the VA Portland – OHSU Skybridge (0.25 miles per loop).
I telework, can I still participate?
Yes! If you’re teleworking and unsure of the best route to take in your neighborhood, you can use a smartphone app like Map My Run to help. www.mapmyrun.com/
Contact Dani Olauson, VA2K and Whole Health Employee Well-being Coordinator, 503-220-8262 ext. 57866
Walking strengthens your cardiovascular system, tones muscles, increases flexibility, and can help shed pounds and reduce stress. Even moderate daily exercise can improve your health. We hope you will consider continuing to walk, roll or exercise daily after this event.
2021, VA Portland had a record number of VA employees attending. There were 501 registrations, including 13 teams. As a facility, we walked from Portland, Oregon to Mae Sot, Thailand (about 200 miles from Bangkok!). 16,737,736 steps or 7,439 miles.
Let’s see if we can go further for 2022!