Think tank lauds U.S. Army healthy eating program

Program promotes healthier eating through standardized menus and identifying food as Fit Picks.

Aug. 16—The Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank led by former Sens. Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, has issued a report citing the U.S. Army's pilot of the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Fit Pick program and urging its wider implementation.

The report focuses on the Army's Soldier Fueling Initiative, which promotes healthier eating through standardized menus, provision of nutrition education, introduction of more nutritious foods identified as "Fit Pick" in the vending machines, and a marketing program to assure awareness and success. It notes that the changes were first implemented in the Army's 68 training bases and, following their success, have since been at least partly replicated at some training bases in other branches of the military.