What's the best way to heal from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? For many veterans, the answer is exercise and nutrition.
That's why a new nonprofit, WarriorWOD, is making these two elements the cornerstone of its approach to helping military veterans recover from PTSD.
Founded by Marine Corps veteran Phil Palmer, WarriorWOD provides free or low-cost fitness and nutritional programming to United States military veterans. The organization has already helped dozens of veterans recover from PTSD, depression, anxiety, and traumatic brain injuries.
For Palmer, who struggled with PTSD after returning home from multiple tours in Iraq, the key to recovery is getting veterans moving and eating right.
"Exercise and nutrition are essential for all of us, but they're especially important for people dealing with PTSD," Palmer said. "The benefits of exercise go beyond just physical health. Exercise can also help improve mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression."
WarriorWOD's programs are designed to meet veterans where they're at, whether that's getting them started on a workout program or helping them develop healthy eating habits.
"We want to make sure that all veterans have access to the resources they need to heal," Palmer said. "That's why we offer free or low-cost programming. We don't want cost to be a barrier to anyone getting the help they need."
If you're a veteran struggling with PTSD, or if you know someone who is, reach out to WarriorWOD today. The organization's website (www.warriorwod.org) has more information on its programs and how to get involved. Want to help? Donations can be made at www.warriorwod.org/donate