Wounded Warrior Helps Vets Eat Healthy

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Wounded Warrior
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Chicago-based entrepreneur Ted Gladson founded Gladson Interactive, where he also served as president before selling the company in 2005. While there, he led the organization in developing custom merchandising and store layout solutions for its clients. In addition to his professional work in the Chicago area, Ted Gladson is a longtime supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.

In an effort to help veterans more easily adjust to life outside of the military once their service is over, Wounded Warrior Project spearheads a number of initiatives that are designed to educate and empower veterans to make smart choices. One of the programs the organization offers is based on developing smart eating habits, as the less-demanding routine of civilian life can often lead to weight gain.

One of the key strategies that Wounded Warrior espouses on this front is finding out what healthy items exist on a menu before heading to a restaurant. That way, the veteran can craft a meal that is calorically suitable and tailored to his or her dietary needs. It is important to reinforce this practice by being the first to order food at the table in order to avoid temptation by the choices of others. For more information about Wounded Warrior’s nutrition programs, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/BigGameSnacks.

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The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride Program

 

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Soldier Ride
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Based in Chicago, Illinois, Ted Gladson is the founder and former president of Gladson Interactive, and was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame for his work with the store design and merchandising company. Outside of his professional life, Chicago’s Ted Gladson is a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, which strives to help wounded service members readjust to life at home.

One of the Wounded Warrior Project’s many programs is its Soldier Ride, a four-day cycling excursion open to all veterans who qualify for WWP assistance. The Soldier Ride welcomes riders of all skill and ability levels, offering adaptive cycles for riders with a disability or limiting injury.

The four-day event starts with a lunch and bike fitting before warriors spend the evening getting to know their fellow service members who will accompany them on the ride. The second day features a 10 to 15-mile ride designed to give each warrior the chance to evaluate their bike for day three’s longer ride.

On day three, warriors are invited to challenge themselves with the program’s main ride, which consists of 15 to 20 miles of riding or more. Finally, day four ends with a breakfast event and farewell gathering. To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project and its Soldier Ride program, visit the organization online at woundedwarriorproject.org.