Michelle Obama Announces Military Health Changes

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Military nutritional standards will change for the first time in 20 years

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More news on the health front: First lady Michelle Obama announced changes to military nutrition standards yesterday, and the first changes in 20 years look promising.

Reuters reports that troops will have more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat food choices in the upcoming months.

Furthermore, menus will be redesigned, and healthier foods will be served in mess halls, vending machines, and snack bars on military bases.

According to a recent Army study, more than one quarter of 17- to 24-year-olds are too overweight to serve in the military, and active members are also becoming more overweight.

"Simply put, this is America's entire military once again stepping forward to lead by example," Obama said. Obama herself has been setting an example, recently winning a potato sack race with Jimmy Fallon and a pushup competition with Ellen DeGeneres.

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