Exchange Helps Military Shoppers BE FIT with ‘Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle’ Shelf Tags for Better-for-You Selections

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easier than ever for Soldiers, Airmen, retirees and families to find better-for-you food and beverage options on the go.

At Exchanges and Express locations worldwide, military shoppers can identify items approved for the Healthier Choices BE FIT program by an easy-to-spot ‘Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle’ shelf tag.

The Exchange carries nearly 400 Healthier Choices BE FIT-approved items, including fresh fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, trail mix and nuts, tuna, grass-fed meat snacks and jerky, veggie chips, frozen entrees, bottled water, and more. To qualify, items must contain:

  • For entrees, fewer than 500 calories and fewer than 480 milligrams of sodium.
  • For snacks, 200 calories or less and fewer than 230 milligrams of sodium.
  • 40 percent or less of calories from fat (entrees and snacks).
  • Fewer than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat (entrees and snacks).

“Along with regular exercise, quality nutrition is essential to readiness,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “The Exchange’s Healthier Choices BE FIT selection helps Warfighters and military families take the guesswork out of making the right meal and snack choices on the go.”

Healthier Choices BE FIT items can also be found conveniently located in endcaps at Express locations worldwide. More health-conscious choices, including wraps, salads, hummus, yogurt, fruit and hard-boiled eggs, can be found in reach-in coolers at more than 100 Express locations worldwide.

The Exchange is a partner in the Healthy Army Community and Air Force Smart Fueling initiatives under the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Operation Live Well.

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About the Exchange: Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. As the 56th-largest retailer in the United States, Exchange earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Conner Hammett, 214-312-2714 or hammettc@aafes.com.

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