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January 24, 2014

Exchange resolves to promote healthier living

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

Dining in the Luke Exchange food court doesn’t have to be a resolution-buster as it offers a host of healthy dining options.

Popeye’s Chicken has created a menu platform called “Louisiana Live Well” which features 20 offerings, all 350 or fewer calories that are full of Louisiana flavor. They also have created three new salads that meet the Exchange’s Operation BeFit criteria that began testing in December and should roll-out in spring. The Exchange has also introduced Coke Zero as a beverage option at all food court locations.

Subway has led the charge by being the first fast food restaurant to earn the American Heart Association heart check for heart-healthy meals. Subway Fresh Fit® choices certified by the American Heart Association include eight different subs with six or fewer grams of fat.

Charley’s Philly Steaks is transitioning from a two-size platform to three sandwich sizes by introducing a less filling, smaller sandwich size for the lighter eater.

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 with fewer than 500 calories that meet the Exchange’s Operation BeFit criteria.

While gassing up the car at the Express, shoppers can also fuel up inside as healthy options abound throughout the store. Snack Avenue offers fresh salads with fewer 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 Luke Express offers customers a wide array of meal replacement options such as PowerBars, Clif Bars, Zone Perfect and Detour Bars, all available in assorted flavors.

“The Luke AFB Exchange plays a large role in the lives of Airmen and their families,” said Pete Alaniz, Exchange general manager. “As such, it is extremely important that we provide them with healthy options here at Luke.




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