News: Healthy ways of living brought to you by MCAS Yuma commissary
Story by Lance Cpl. Zachary Scanlon
YUMA, Ariz. - Marines are taught that mission success is the first priority. When preparing to accomplish the mission, thoughts of the equipment needed, the right Marines for the job and angle of attack are at the forefront of Marines’ minds; but mission success starts before that. It starts at the dinner tables at home.
“A healthy diet helps with a better mindset, being ready to go and staying on the alert, all important aspects for mission success,” said Lucia Delgado, the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma commissary manager and a native of Monterey, Calif.
The push for a healthier diet was part of the MCAS Yuma commissary special promotion titled, “12/12/12,” because the respective date of the event. In celebration of the day, it was based around the number 12. For example, the store had apples, oranges and pears on sale for .12 cents. Also, tables with 12 healthier ways of living through fitness and better eating habits pamphlets were made available.
“We want to take care of the servicemen and women here who fight to take care of us,” said Delgado. “This is one of the many ways we do just that.”
Along with the promotional pieces, the commissary had individuals who specialized in making healthier life and eating decisions.
“It is our job as food inspection specialists to be concerned with what you eat and what it does to you. It is important we give as much possible knowledge to keep people safe,” said Army Pfc. Ryan Yarbrough, a Yuma Proving Grounds food inspection specialist.
Food inspection specialists are there to make sure perishable foods are not outdated; all food standards are met and answer any questions about food safety that are asked.
“Especially with the holiday season coming up, a variety of foods are being prepped and eaten. Asking a food inspector is just another way to keep your family safe,” said Delgado.
The last piece of the health pyramid at the event was a spokesperson from the on-base Semper Fit Health Promotion program.
“Staying active and stress reducing are just as important as eating well for a healthy life and being successful,” said Nikki Dallam, a health promotion coordinator and a native of Sacramento, Calif.
Even though you may have missed this event, the commissary has health promotions year-around.
Also, for more information on dietary knowledge, go to www.commissaries.com.