Now, thanks to Michelle Obama, they will even be easier to beat!
Healthy Military Food - Better Mess Hall Food - Delish.com
After helping to change the national school lunch nutrition standards, Michelle Obama has expanded her campaign against obesity and unhealthy eating. Who's next on her list? The military.
According to an Associated Press article on Boston.com, Michelle Obama and Pentagon officials announced a new program to revitalize military menus during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. In the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition in the armed services, mess halls will offer more fruit, veggies, and low fat meals.
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The Little Rock Air Force base has been experimenting with health improvements, and during Michelle Obama's visit, salad greens, broccoli, and whole greens were featured on the menu. The first lady thanked some of the airmen for eating their vegetables and stated, "We need you strong."
Pentagon statistics show that a quarter of entry-level military candidates are not thin enough to serve or survive their first enlistment. Additionally, the Defense Department has been forced to spend $1.1 billion on medical care related to obesity and overweight patients per year. Weight problems in the military are a continuing problem. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs stated that in the 90s, 1 out of 50 armed services members had weight problems. By 2005 the number has worsened to 1 in 20.
The new campaign for healthy military food will expand to the 1,100 service-member dining halls spanning the United States. Meals will include more, "fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and lower-fat entrees." Additionally, base school vending machines and snack bars will also get a healthy makeover.
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Michelle Obama hopes that healthy changes in the mess hall will send a message about obesity to the whole nation. In a statement to the airmen, she said, "When you make healthy eating a priority in your lives, the rest of us are more likely to make it a priority in our lives."
Do you think the military's healthy eating campaign will inspire others to eat better?