22Kill VCU Physical Therapy Students
The challenge: Do 22 pushups a day for 22 days. Video your workouts and post them online, all to help raise awareness of an alarmingly high incidence of suicide in American armed services veterans.
First-year students at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Allied Health Profession's Department of Physical Therapy took on the challenge.
It’s part of an ongoing effort of #22KILL, a Texas-based veterans advocacy movement that seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues and the high suicide rate of veterans, and also to educate the public about veterans issues, recruit veteran advocates and promote programs that empower veterans, according to its website.
The name is taken from a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report from 2012 that found about 22 veterans committed suicide each day.
The class of 2019 was set to the task by the third-year students in the three-year program. The first-year students on Oct. 6 in turn issued a challenge to take up the cause to their peers in an interprofessional class, first-year students in nursing, dentistry, dental hygiene, nursing and occupational therapy, according to Gloria Han, a first-year-student in the physical therapy program from Edison, New Jersey.
“I think it’s a great cause,” she says. “The numbers are absolutely staggering.”
#22KILL started in 2013, with a goal of 22 million pushups. The counter is now at 35.5 million pushups and rising.
A report released in August 2016 by Veterans Affairs found that in 2014, an average of 20 veterans died each day by suicide, accounting for 18 percent of all adult suicides in the nation. A veterans is at a 21 percent greater risk of suicide than someone in the overall adult population.
The VA reports that in 2014, 65 percent of veterans who killed themselves were age 50 or older. Still, the suicide rate is highest in veterans aged 18-29, and lowest in veterans who are age 60 and older.
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Watch them from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. This is the eighth and final year for the event.
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You can get a cleaning, a tooth extraction or a filling at no cost. You have to be age 5 or older. No appointments will be taken.
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Give yourself and your pup a workout at the Open Arms 5K Fun Run/Walk and Dog Jog on Saturday in Glen Allen.
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