Cooking class helps local Wounded Warriors

Survey: 82% of injured veterans overweight or obese


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Wounded Warrior Project brought together injured veterans and their families to the Publix Aprons Cooking School to learn how to cook healthy meals.

The warriors and their families have been attending the class for six weeks.

More than 82% of injured veterans identified themselves as overweight or obese, according to a 2014 survey of almost 21,000 Wounded Warrior Project Alumni.

"This program tackles that head-on and it gives them the information and knowledge base they need to create healthy meals at home," said Kelley Palmer, WWP Physical Health and Wellness Specialist.

Jacob Leach, a Wounded Warrior Project alumni, is transitioning back into the community after a traumatic military service.

"Here a lot of the guys have gone through a lot of the injuries you have.  It's nice to be in a group with people you can relate to," Leach said.

Leach suffered a concussion from an IED explosion while serving overseas, then struggled with his weight.  He got up to 300 pounds and dropped 75, thanks to the healthy eating program at the Wounded Warrior Project.

"I'm not a master chef, but me and my wife, we like to do things together so it's a great way to learn together," said Leach.

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