Exchange Helps Warfighters Maintain BE FIT Lifestyle During Pandemic with Better-for-You Meal, Snack Options

Courtesy Photo | All of the Exchange's 1,700 restaurants, including this Bun-D at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, offer better-for-you options that support Warfighters’ readiness and resiliency.



Story by Conner Hammett 

Army & Air Force Exchange Service HQ

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is helping the military community start the year off right with a wide selection of better-for-you meals and snacks—all while keeping the safety and well-being of military communities top priorities.

“With more better-for-you meal and snack options than ever, the Exchange makes it easy to maintain a BE FIT lifestyle,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “Whether dining out or on the go, Warfighters can count on the Exchange to help them meet their nutritional goals while maintaining a safe, sanitized and secure environment.”

All of the Exchange’s 1,700 restaurants, including Qdoba, Starbucks and Subway, offer better-for-you options that support Warfighters’ readiness and resiliency. In 2020, the Exchange opened more than 40 new restaurants worldwide, 55% of which are from better-for-you brands.

Soldiers, Airmen and their families can also find better-for-you meal and snack options on the go. At more than 320 Express convenience stores, shoppers can easily spot better-for-you meal and snack options thanks to Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle shelf tags. Exchanges and Express convenience stores carry more than 400 BE FIT-approved items, including fresh fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, trail mix and nuts, tuna, grass-fed meat snacks and jerky, veggie chips, bottled water, and more. Exchange vending machines and micro markets—automated self-serve stores typically positioned in small or remote locations without a nearby Exchange or Express—also offer a variety of better-for-you options.

Exchange restaurants worldwide are committed to maintaining a safe, sanitized and secure environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safety measures include expanding takeout and delivery service; limiting capacity or access to in-person dining areas as dictated by local conditions; requiring food workers to wear gloves and masks; and regularly sanitizing restaurant counters and food prep areas.

Other preventative measures at all Exchange facilities include minimizing the use of cash; requiring face masks; and regularly disinfecting PIN pads, countertops, door handles, shopping carts and baskets. Clear acrylic shields separate cashiers and customers, and strategically placed floor decals remind shoppers to maintain 6 feet of distance in checkout lines and other high-traffic areas.

Shoppers can learn more about the Exchange’s better-for-you offerings—including restaurant-specific video nutrition guides; highlights from the Exchange’s Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle selection, and more—at

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.