No one would choose to be sick, yet by making poor food choices, Americans increase their susceptibility for 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" food to fresh, nutritious food and beverages. Nutritious choices would include eating more vegetables, low- and fat-free dairy products and whole grains, while limiting saturated fats, added sugars and sodium; and avoiding trans fats as much as possible (since they raise "bad" cholesterol and lower "good" cholesterol).
To accomplish this, installations would improve the availability of healthy food options in all food venues, to include 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. The education initiatives will overlap with the "Health and Wellness" focus. Eventually the easy choice will be the healthy choice!