Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
AAFES Offers Community Healthier BE FIT Dining Options • DALLAS
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) reported that in 2020, it opened more than 40 new restaurants worldwide, 55 percent of which are from better-for-you (BFY) brands that offer healthier fare that fits into the BE FIT lifestyle. The Exchange offers these meals and snacks to service members and their families, while at the same time keeping the safety and well-being of its customers as 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, AAFES 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 BFY options that support warfighters’ readiness and resiliency.
Soldiers, Airmen and their families can also find BFY meal and snack options on the go. At more than 320 Express convenience stores, shoppers can easily spot BFY meal and snack options thanks to “Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle” shelf tags.
AAFES reported that its 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; and bottled water.
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 BFY options.
SAFETY COMES FIRST
AAFES 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 preparation areas.
Other preventative measures at all AAFES 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.
Edited by Larry Lapka
All of AAFES’s 1,700 restaurants, including the Bun-D at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, offer healthier better-for-you (BFY) options that fit into the BE FIT lifestyle and support warfighters’ readiness and resiliency. These options are offered in a safer environment dictated by COVID-19 pandemic protocols.