Health & Safety

January 17, 2014

Exchange resolves to promote healthier living

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Fort Huachuca AAFES Exchange Service

Nicolas Garcia, Exchange visual merchandiser manager, stacks single serving size portions of oatmeal inside the shoppette near the Main Gate. Oatmeal is one healthy option available for purchase at the Main Gate Express.

According to “Sourcewire,” nearly a quarter of Americans vow to get fit for the New Year. The Fort Huachuca Army & Air Force Exchange Service is doing its part to make it easier for Soldiers, and their Families, to watch their “bottom lines” when making dining choices on and off duty.

Dining in the Fort Huachuca Exchange’s Food Court doesn’t have to be a resolution-buster as it offers a host of healthy dining options.

Popeyes Chicken has created a menu platform called “Louisiana Live Well” which features 20 menus offerings, all 350 calories or less, complete with Louisiana flavor. They have also created three new salads that meet the Exchange’s Operation BeFit criteria that began testing in December and should roll-out in spring 2014. The Exchange has also introduced Coke Zero® as a beverage option at all continental United States, or CONUS, food court locations.

Charley’s Philly Steaks is transiting from a two-size platform to three sandwich sizes. This initiative was to introduce a less filling, smaller sandwich size for the lighter eaters. The Exchange will transform all CONUS stores in the first quarter of 2014.

Burger King offers an online “Build-a-Meal” menu that reveals nutrition facts for various meal combinations. Burger King also allows diners to select a side salad instead of fries for the same price and offers 10 menu items less than 500 calories that meet the Exchange’s Operation BeFit criteria.

While gassing up the car at the Fort Huachuca Expresses, shoppers can also fuel up inside with healthful options found throughout the store. Snack Avenue offers fresh salads with less than 300 calories as well as chilled fruit cups and oatmeal. The Fresh Fruit program, which has been in operation for several years, offers bananas, apples, oranges, limes and lemons in nearly 400 facilities. The Fort Huachuca Exchange Expresses offer customers meal replacement options such as PowerBars, Clif Bars, Zone Perfect and Detour Bars, all available in assorted flavors.

“The Fort Huachuca Exchange plays a large role in the lives of Soldiers and their Families,” said Jeff Hyatt, general manager, Fort Huachuca Exchange. “As such, it is extremely important that we are providing them healthy options here at Fort Huachuca.”




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