The United States military is looking into changing vending machine and fast food options on military bases to bring in healthier choices, reports Amy Bushatz for Military.com.
Military officials need to work with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to change the contracts for what the restaurants and vending machines on base serve. "We are looking at how we do contracting, what do we have in our contracts, what do we require from the options, how do we make the contracts more competitive," Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, the director of United States Public Health Service's medical readiness and training program, said at the annual Association of the United States Army conference.
The Defense Department recently wrapped up a study examining the health and habits of service members and their families, finding that the average solider eats one serving of fruit or vegetables every three to six days, Elenberg said in the conference. Though the changing of restaurants on bases could take a number of year, Elenberg hopes they can make more immediate changes by having the current restaurants use menu labeling, reported Baushatz.