First Lady Touts Healthy Dining at Little Rock Air Force Base
Service members at the Little Rock (Arkansas) Air Force Base had a treat February 9 when US First Lady Michelle Obama joined them for a special lunch at the Hercules dining facility, operated by ARAMARK. The First Lady, who visited the base on the second anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign, used the occasion to announce plans to expand the military’s Food Transformation Initiative, a pilot program to provide nutritious foods to service members and their families.
First Lady Michelle Obama joins service members for lunch at Little Rock AFB's Hercules dining facility, operated by ARAMARK.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
ARAMARK played an integral role in piloting the Food Transformation Initiative at Little Rock Air Force Base and five other Air Force bases managed by ARAMARK. Beginning in October 2010, ARAMARK collaborated with the Little Rock base’s Health and Wellness Center to improve the menu variety, increase the selection of nutritious options, and enhance the overall dining and concessions experience. The number of meals served – and satisfaction – has since increased.
The Base will serve as a national model for providing nutritious foods to service members and their families, and expansion of the military’s Food Transformation Initiative will bring healthier dining options to nearly 1.5 million troops at more than 1,000 military dining facilities.
Read more about the First Lady’s visit in Arkansas Online. ARAMARK has also publicly supported the objectives of “Let’s Move,” a campaign to change the way America’s children eat and exercise, through our Education (K12) business, which provides food and nutrition and facility services to more than 500 school districts across the US.