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Injured Veterans Take on Challenging Hike and Learn About Healthy Eating

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Warriors and their guests gathered to hike the challenging Usery Mountain Wind Cave trail and learn how to dine out nutritionally during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event designed to promote physical wellness and mental health.

Army veteran Desiree Gonzales and her 16-month-old son joined Warriors and their guests to hike the challenging Usery Mountain Wind Cave trail and learn how to dine out nutritionally during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event designed to promote physical wellness and mental health.

"This was a wonderful opportunity to be outdoors and engage with other warriors," said Navy veteran Katherine Goode of Scottsdale, Arizona. "It was such a beautiful location, which made it easier to have casual conversations with other warriors."

"I love to hike, and being outdoors is very therapeutic for me," said Army veteran Desiree Gonzales. "I brought my 16-month-old son, and he's been hiking with me since he was two months old."

WWP program events like this give wounded warriors an opportunity to experience veteran peer support firsthand. These social gatherings connect them with fellow service members and their communities.

Afterward, hikers gathered to get to know others from their community better and learn how they could eat out and be healthy at the same time by selecting fresh ingredients that don't add up to major calories.

Activities like hiking and socializing with other veterans can help injured warriors cope with stress and emotional concerns. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.6 percent) expressed they talk with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues, and 30.3 percent indicated physical activity helps.

"Wounded Warrior Project has provided me another chance to connect with people," Katherine said. "It's given me the opportunity to meet and get to know fellow veterans in my local area and helped me find some stability and confidence for attending new events and meeting new people."

"Wounded Warrior Project has empowered me to gain control of my life," Desiree said, "and help me step outside of my comfort zone."

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Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more here.

 

SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project

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