The Robins Air Force Base Commissary is giving nutritious meals in its retailer a inexperienced thumbs up label to assist prospects extra simply spot wholesome selections with the assistance of the Robins Health Promotions dietician.
The Dietitian-Approved Thumb is a diet identification system that’s a part of a Defense Commissary Agency initiative not too long ago applied all through the Department of Defense’s 79 commissaries.
Jacqueline Henderson-Pitts, Robins Commissary grocery supervisor, mentioned DAT is the commissary’s manner of serving to the navy group enhance its diet health.
“The DAT labels on our cabinets are based mostly on science and align with skilled suggestions of the dietary pointers for Americans and DOD well being and wellness consultants,” she mentioned. “The expectation is to construct a wholesome consuming sample by limiting energy from unhealthy fats and added sugars, limiting sodium, and figuring out gadgets that supply the best diet density with concerns to lean protein, wholesome fats and entire grains.”
The thumbs-up labels are situated on the cabinets instantly beneath the merchandise’ costs.
Kendra Hill, Robins Health Promotions dietitian, labored with the commissary’s workers to label the suitable meals all through the shop.
“The idea is like having a dietitian alongside of you throughout grocery buying,” she mentioned. “The DAT tags help customers to seek out merchandise based mostly on their dietary attributes. The inexperienced ‘thumbs up’ shelf tags spotlight meals which are excessive efficiency, nutrient dense meals whereas taking the guesswork out of selecting nutritious gadgets.”
Hill mentioned the label system will information folks towards the precise meals to eat.
“This will help people with constructing a wholesome general consuming sample based mostly on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” she mentioned. “You not have to take a look at the diet information label as a result of the work has already been accomplished for you.”
The DAT-labeled meals are stuffed with lean/plant-based protein, wholesome fat, entire grains and/or important nutritional vitamins and minerals, Hill mentioned.
“In normal, you need to fill your cart with contemporary produce, lean meats and eggs, and packaged gadgets with the inexperienced thumbs up label, whereas limiting candy treats and extremely processed meals,” she mentioned.
More than 3,000 meals gadgets have been labeled with the thumbs-up tag within the Robins Commissary.
This program has been extremely anticipated by DOD well being and wellness stakeholders, Hill mentioned.
“Shoppers will discover the DAT program is a profit they won’t discover in industrial grocery shops,” she mentioned. “It shall be extremely useful to determine which meals gadgets will present a eating regimen with the helpful vitamins your physique wants with out consuming too many empty energy.”
The unique Nutrition Guide Program debuted in January 2012 to assist buyer’s spot merchandise that includes a number of of 5 standard dietary attributes – low sodium, entire grain, no-added sugar, low fats and excessive fiber.
Hill mentioned about 630 merchandise had been recognized and tagged based mostly on these key Food and Drug Administration nutrient attributes.
“This program offered info that might assist prospects make higher dietary selections, however solely coated just a few attributes for a restricted variety of merchandise,” she mentioned. “The new program is far more strong, protecting many of the meals gadgets offered within the shops in keeping with DeCA Health & Wellness Program Manager Deborah Harris, who makes use of a singular software program conceived by DeCAs well being and wellness group solely for commissary prospects.”
Hill mentioned the DeCA software program has the power to investigate and determine merchandise in many of the commissary meals classes based mostly on 86 of the FDA-defined well being attributes, not simply the six within the earlier program.
Henderson-Pitts mentioned division managers all through the commissary can be found to reply customers’ questions concerning the label system.
For extra info on the Defense Commissary Agency’s DAT program, go to https://www.commissaries.com/healthy-living/dietitian-approved-thumb or go to https://commissaryconnection.dodlive.mil/2021/01/14/start-the-new-year-right-with-a-focus-on-nutrition/.