Barksdale Exchange makes good health its business|
by Jeanette Dunmire
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs
3/28/2012 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Understanding that a large part of the military's focus is on a fit mind and body, and to ensure top performance, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service values the importance of wellness.
To that end, the exchange is feeding shoppers' minds with information. Healthy nutrition options, fitness programs, family activities and overall wellness information are all just a click away through the exchange's "Operation Be Fit" website. Opbefit.com offers tips for all members of the family, from beginner to expert.
"Providing fitness and nutritional information is just one of the many ways the exchange strives to meet the needs of shoppers," said Gilbert Mata, The Exchange at Barksdale Air Force Base general manager. "In addition to the myriad of online resources, the 'Be Fit' shop in the exchange offers competitively priced athletic footwear, fitness gear, sporting goods and nutritional items all in one convenient location."
Beyond lightening the strain on the wallet, the exchange is also looking out for military families' literal "bottom lines" with healthy eating options. Robin Hood, Burger King and other exchange restaurants have a wide array of nutritional facts available for diners to review to ensure they're making healthy choices. Many also allow the substitution of a side salad or bottled water in lieu of fries or a soft drink.
Hungry shoppers looking to "fill up" at the Barksdale express also have wholesome snack choices as Exchange Snack Avenues offer six different fresh salad options, fruit cups and grab-pack sliced apples. The "Fresh Fruit" program delivers fresh bananas, apples, oranges, limes and lemons to expresses as well.
"A strong mind and body are important to military members and their families," said Mata. "The Barksdale exchange's healthy options are the perfect supplement for both conditioning efforts."