Okinawa Marines test healthier chow-hall menu ahead of service-wide rollout

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Marines stand in line for lunch at the 12th Marines Mess Hall at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.  CARLOS M. VAZQUEZ II/STARS AND STRIPES
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Marines stand in line for lunch at the 12th Marines Mess Hall at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. CARLOS M. VAZQUEZ II/STARS AND STRIPES

Okinawa Marines test healthier chow-hall menu ahead of service-wide rollout

by: Carlos M. Vazquez | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 18, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Marines on Okinawa have been trying out healthy chow-hall options like packaged salads, wraps and flatbread and panini sandwiches ahead of a service-wide rollout slated for some time next year.

The new “Fresh Line” items — available at the 12th Marines Mess Hall at Camp Hansen since February — replace popular but fattening options like chili macaroni and cheese that are high in sodium and calories, said Gunnery Sgt. Maurice Clifford Toole, a food-services subsistence chief for Marine Corps Installations Pacific.

“Overall when you look at the new-age Marine, they do care more about a healthier lifestyle,” he said. “The newer Marine is more conscious about what they eat and what they put in their bodies.”

Turkey bacon is served instead of pork and brown rice is offered instead of white, which is lacking in nutrients. The menu also includes mango and fruit-punch smoothies.

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