Last Saturday on FoodSafetyNews.com Cookson Beecher wrote a blog titled “Military Wants to Boost National Defense with Healthier Foods for Troops.” (http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/02/military-wants-to-boost-national-defense-through-healthier-foods-for-troops/)

First Lady Michelle Obama and a top military health official visited Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas recently and announced that healthy changes will soon be coming to 1,100 dining halls at military bases across the country.

This change will be coming in the next couple of months and will include adding more fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and lower-fat entree choices for service members, their families and retirees. Also, healthier choices will be available at vending machines, restaurants and snack bars. Lastly, the campaign will teach military children how to make better choices when it comes to fitness and food.

 I think this campaign is an awesome idea. Not only will these brave men and women be fighting for our country, but they will also be fighting obesity. Maintaining a healthy weight is a top priority for the military! Obesity directly “affect(s) readiness” according to Dr. Jonathon Woodson.
 Apparently, the services have to discharge about 1,200 entry-level candidates each year because they can’t meet fitness standards.This is also a problem because the Defense Department estimates that the department spends $1.4 billion on medical care for weight-related problems and conditions among its beneficiaries.
Michelle Obama believes that our military sets an example for the rest of our country. So, “when our service members make healthy eating a priority in their lives, the rest of us are more likely to make it a priority in our lives.”
I think this program shows great potential to making a difference. More people need to fight obesity! And these men and women are great examples for Americans.
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