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Culinary Institute of America hold Healthy Cooking Boot Camps

SAN ANTONIO - Called Healthy Cooking Boot Camps, the Culinary Institute of America, through the Wounded Warrior Foundation, is putting on classes designed to get wounded warriors up to speed in the kitchen.

"Choosing healthier ingredients in their cooking. More about nutrition and they'll get to leave here knowing how to make many healthy, delicious dishes," said CIA spokesperson Heather Gasaway.

Healthier cooking is important for many wounded warriors because their injuries often keep them from exercising. Incorporating a nutritious menu is paramount to their overall health.

"What I like about it is we're learning the basics but also it's something I think I can impart to my kids -- that I can take back and show them," said Joseph Rhodes, who suffered four herniated discs in his back while carrying a wounded soldier over his shoulder while serving as a combat medic in Iraq.

Like so many other programs the Wounded Warrior Project does, this isn't just about teaching these warriors how to cook.

"You don't feel so odd. You don't feel ... like nobody understands you. You don't feel alone anymore. Its really therapeutic, " said Anna King, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a mortar attack while serving as an Army Captain in Iraq.

The camaraderie among the wounded warriors makes this program even more effective.

"That's what makes this special. That's what makes going through this right now the best part, " said Rhodes.

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