No one chooses to be sick, yet by making poor food choices, Americans increase their susceptibility to disease. Healthy eating, however, can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and several types of cancer, as well as help to maintain a healthy body weight. The Healthy Base Initiative seeks to improve nutrition through two distinct approaches: nutrition education and increased availability of healthy food options.
The goal is to change the culture of eating from unhealthy, processed, so-called fast foods to fresh, nutritious foods and beverages. Nutritious choices include eating more vegetables, low-fat and fat-free dairy products and whole grains while limiting saturated fats, added sugars and sodium. Additionally, foods containing trans fats should be avoided as much as possible since these fats raise "bad" cholesterol and lower "good" cholesterol.
To accomplish this, installations would improve the availability of healthy food options in all food venues, including vending machines, commissaries, dining facilities and military exchanges. Changing people's approach to eating will require education about why the healthy option is the best option. This initiative will overlap with the health and wellness focus. Eventually the easy choice will be the healthy choice.