Health & Safety

April 4, 2014

Exchange resolves to promote healthier living

According to Sourcewire, nearly a quarter of Americans vow to get fit for the New Year.

The Fort Irwin Exchange is doing its part to make it easier for Soldiers, and Families, to watch their “bottom lines” when making dining choices on and off duty. Dining in the Exchange’s Fort Irwin 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, that are full of 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 late spring 2014. The Exchange will also be introducing Coke Zero as a beverage option at all continental United States 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 grams of fat or less.

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 lighter eaters (the Exchange will transform 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 with less than 500 calories that meet the Exchange’s Operation BeFit criteria.

While gassing up the car at the Fort Irwin Express, shoppers can also fuel up inside as healthy options abound throughout the store. Snack Avenue offers fresh salads with less than 300 calories as well as chilled fruit cups. The Fresh Fruit program, which has been in operation for several years, offers bananas, apples, oranges, limes and lemons in nearly 400 facilities. Fort Irwin 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 Fort Irwin Exchange plays a large role in the lives of Soldiers and their families,” said Fort Irwin Exchange General Manager Lynn Thompson. “As such, it is extremely important that we are providing them healthy options here at Fort Irwin.”




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