Chef Lars Kronmark (R) helps veteran James McQuoid prepare a chicken. McQuoid is one of 12 injured veterans taking part in a healthy cooking “boot camp” at Napa’s Culinary Institute of America. (Photo: Mina Kim/KQED)
Listen to The California Report: Veterans Find Comfort, Hope in Cooking Class Original Broadcast:
Friday, Mar 8, 2013 — 10:00 AM
Among other issues, veterans face a challenge shared by many Americans: obesity. Federal officials say more than 70 percent of veterans receiving VA care have weight problems. The California Report visits an elite culinary school in Napa Valley (Culinary Institute of America at Greystone), which runs a healthy cooking program for wounded veterans. Its students include vets from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars — and it’s helping them to eat better, and to ease the difficult transition back to civilian life.
Reporter: Mina Kim
I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED's online Food properties. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin's websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED.org's Food portal. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX . You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.
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