FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) The army is embarking on a new mission aimed at changing the way kids eat.
The army partnered with Kansas State University to change the food service programs in Child Youth and Schools Services army wide. Fort Hood is the first installation to implement the plan to standardize these healthier food options.
As of next week, child development and school-age care facilities, like the Montague Child Care Development Center, will be serving dishes with more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, with less sugar and fat. Meals will also be made from scratch.
"I think it's very important for a number of reasons. One, we want to educate our children on healthy eating habits and we want to decrease the amount of obesity cases,” Nutritionist, Tiffiney Freeman said.
Last month, cooks were sent to K-State from CYSS facilities for training on food nutrition and safety.
Mother, Waveny Ababio says her son already likes the food served at the center but is happy to hear about the healthy changes.
"If they're switching to a healthier menu, I don't think he'll have a problem with that either. I'm all for everything made from scratch,” she said, “We don't do processed foods. I try my best to eat healthy and also make my family eat healthier."
The hope is by getting kids to eat healthy now, they'll take those healthy habits home. CYSS’s adopts the new menus Monday and some of the meals include butternut squash, pineapple, quinoa, and whole grain pita.