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Wounded Warrior Project leads veterans on outdoor hike

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Today, a local group will help wounded veterans enjoy the great outdoors, while also bringing attention to a big issue our injured heroes face, obesity.

Colorado Springs Wounded Warrior Project will lead a group of veterans on a hike through Cheyenne Canyon.

The Wounded Warrior Project says it can often be challenging for veterans to get outside so events like this give these heroes a chance to get some exercise in with their comrades. 

Making it a priority for veterans to be active is just one way to fight the high obesity rates among the group, but it's not just their physical health, it's also good for their mental health. The Colorado Springs WWP tells News 5, activities like these allows veterans to enjoy the outdoors while connecting with a strong support system.

"A lot of people just have a hard time getting back out of the house especially when it's in a group that they don't know," said Wounded Warrior Project Physical Health and Wellness Specialist Dani Larson. "Even if they don't know the other veterans that are coming along, they have that sense of brotherhood and sisterhood because they've all been through similar experiences."

Originally, their plan was to go snow shoeing, but the weather hasn't cooperated, so their using this sunshine to their advantage. The group met for their hike at the Starsmore Nature Center at 9:00 a.m with plans to finish around noon. 

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