First Lady Michelle Obama has taken her fight for good health to America's armed forces with a new Pentagon obesity and nutritional awareness campaign. Military bases will soon be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to overhaul the food it serves its troops. The announcement happened at Little Rock Air Force Base, where the military has been experimenting with the idea through a pilot program designed to improve he quality and variety of foods served on base and attack obesity at its core.
"The Department of Defense considers obesity not only a national problem, but a security issue," Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs said to the Associated Press. "About a quarter of entry-level candidates are too overweight to actually either enter the military or sustain themselves through the first enlistment." An estimated $4.5 billion a year is spent on food services with another $1.1 billion a year on medical care being used solely on issues of weight and obesity.
With healthier alternatives in our school and our armed forces—will the rest of us Americans make it a priority to stay active and trim the fat? Or will bad habits continue to force Americans to shy away from shredding the pounds?