March is National Nutrition Month®, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to increase awareness of making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, “Celebrate a World of Flavors,” will be supported by many of the participants in the Army Commitment to Improving Overall Nutrition (ACTION) program.
The Army is committed to improving readiness and modernizing the force, and the ACTION forum, as part of the Army Food Modernization program, is tied to both of those priorities. Since 2019, the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence (JCCoE), and other Army components have been working to develop new feeding concepts, enhanced nutrition and improved food service.
ACTION, a Sergeant Major of the Army initiative launched in January 2019, serves as a key medium for the entire Army food service enterprise to meet, update policy, and prioritize efforts. The G-4 synchronizes and leads regular forums which allow logistics leaders at all levels, including Army Service Component Commands, to provide feedback and lessons learned on food service and nutrition in the Army.
Some of ACTION’s most recent and foundational efforts include:
- An Army Wellness Center pilot program at the Fort Carson Warrior Restaurant to supply on-site nutrition education
- Allowing credit/debit use and implementing campus style dining at Warrior Restaurants
- Improving and extending food delivery options – such as food trucks, kiosks, late night feeding, and extended/adjusted meal service times – to meet Soldier nutrition needs
- Modernization of Warrior Restaurants and equipment to align and support Go-For-Green Army (G4G-Army) standards and Holistic Health 2 Fitness (H2F) concepts
- Assessments of the nutrition environment at Warrior Restaurants to prioritize plans to create and sustain a healthy eating environment
Throughout the month of March, the G-4 is campaigning alongside its ACTION partners to communicate information related to Soldier access to affordable and nutritious food both on and off base. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date!
More information about National Nutritional Month® is available at: https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month.
The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, is the Army’s headquarters staff in charge of logistics. The G-4 develops, implements and oversees Army logistics policy, plans, and programming to enable the Army to maintain the highest possible level of logistics readiness. For more information, please visit www.army.mil/G-4 and connect with us on Facebook.