Healthy eating options more accessible to the Yokota Community through the Exchange

Healthy eating options more accessible to the Yokota Community through the Exchange

by Vincent Lesesne
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

Yokota Air Base – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easier for Yokota Airmen, Guardians and families to make healthy choices when it comes to eating on base.

As part of its BE FIT 360 program, which focuses on holistic wellness, the Exchange is committed to offering fresh, healthy choices for meals and snacks at its restaurants, and the Expresses.

All Yokota Exchange restaurants offer better-for-you options:

  • Burger King’s beef patties are made from 100% beef with no fillers or preservatives.
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen diners can choose from more than 20 items with less than 350 calories.
  • Charley’s Philly Steaks offers items with 150 calories or fewer including grilled chicken, steak and garden salads, as well as a selection of cheesesteaks with less than 500 calories.
  • Nearly three-fourths of Taco Bell menu items are less than 500 calories. Diners can reduce calories and fat by up to 25% by ordering almost any menu item “Fresco style,” replacing ingredients such as mayo-based sauces, cheeses and reduced-fat sour cream with fresh diced tomatoes. Taco Bell is an American Vegetarian Association-certified quick-serve restaurant, allowing diners to use any of Taco Bell’s more than 30 AVA-certified ingredients to make nearly 1 million unique vegetarian combinations and nearly 1,000 vegetarian breakfast combinations. AVA-certified menu items with 500 calories or less include the bean burrito, cheese quesadilla and Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito.
  • Subway offers more than a dozen sandwiches with 350 calories or less including turkey breast, oven-roasted chicken, Veggie Delight and Black Forest ham.
  • Shoppers can also find healthy snacks at the Express with options like Fresh fruit yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, Trail mix and nuts, tuna, grass-fed meat snacks and jerky, Veggie chips and bottled water.

“As a partner in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Operation Live Well, the Exchange is all-in on supporting nutrition and wellness for the Yokota community,” said Yokota Exchange General Manager Andrew Defelice. “We’re committed to making sure Airmen, Guardians and families have healthy eating options wherever they go.”

Airmen, Guardians and families can learn more about better-for-you options by visiting the Exchange’s BE FIT hub page, where they’ll find nutritional information for Exchange restaurants, menu guides and more.

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