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March Madness is going on at your Maxwell commissary so don't forget to join us for our Sales Specials and save on selected items.Side walk Sales are here again, so stop by and benefit on the savings.
Need a Special Order. Your Commissary can help. We are able to order you bulk orders of items for authorized shopper, so stop by and inquire at our Customer Service Desk for details.
Maxwell Commissary will be closed 8-9 April 2017 due to the Air Show on the Maxwell AFB

Focus on Nutrition

Thumbs up for health
New labels helping commissary patrons focus on nutrition
By Rick Brink,
DeCA public affairs specialist





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FORT LEE, Va.  The phrase Dietitian approved! We did the work for you! is catching on at commissaries around the world as customers are using the Defense Commissary Agencys new Nutrition Guide Program to help them shop.
Its catching on quickly! Here we are in March, National Nutrition Month, and our customers are readily adapting to NGP, which was just introduced in January, said Deborah Harris, DeCA dietitian. That speaks to how easy it is to use, and how important nutrition is to our customers, especially since a big part of military service is readiness and resilience.
One reason for NGPs success is because commissary store directors, dietitians and other health professionals on military installations have helped raise local awareness of the program, some with commissary shopping tours, Harris said.
Dietitians and health professionals are quick to point out that no one diet is right for everyone. Its important to follow a healthful eating plan that fits each persons unique lifestyle. So what does NGP do?
It helps you meet your health and wellness needs and guides you in building a nutritious shopping cart, Harris said.
The color-coded shelf labels point out items with key nutrient attributes. The labels make shopping easier. Theres dark blue for low sodium, brown for whole grain, purple for no sugar added, light blue for low fat, golden yellow for good source of fiber. There is also green for the lifestyle choice of USDA certified organic. Many items have a combination of qualifying attributes.

Commissary Facts

COMMISSARY FAST FACTS  ISSUE 184  March 2017




Commissary store brand names unveiled
The Defense Commissary Agency has chosen the names Freedoms Choice" and HomeBase" for its private label product assortment. Private label, also known as store brands, will begin appearing on commissary shelves in May. Commissary patrons have been telling us for quite some time that they want to take advantage of the value offered by store brands, but commissaries have not had their own brand until now, said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. Freedoms Choice will be the commissary brand name for food items and HomeBase for nonfood items such as paper products and other household items. Our private label products will also be equal or lower in price to commercial grocery store brands, he added. For more on DeCAs private label program, go to https://commissaries.com/documents/contact_deca/faqs/transformation.cfm.

March hoops, frozen foods feed commissary savings
Frozen food savings, spotlighting healthy choices, the frenzy of college hoops and more take center stage in military commissaries during March. Weve got plenty of special deals for our patrons from frozen food month with exciting store displays to discounts connected to the annual college basketball championship tournament, said Tracie Russ, sales director for the Defense Commissary Agency. DeCAs industry partners  vendors, suppliers and brokers  are collaborating with commissaries in March to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Patrons can also see the Sales Flyer at www.commissaries.com or get a copy at the store entrance. Go to
https://commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/2017/DeCA_14_17.cfm for more details.

Nutrition guide program helps patrons meet health, wellness needs
Since January, patrons worldwide have seen color-coded shelf tags in their commissaries, spotlighting products featuring one or more of five popular nutritional attributes such as low sodium, no-added sugar and high fiber. The labels also highlight organic products. Military service is all about readiness and resilience, and the foods we eat play a big role in that, said Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. By highlighting the products with key nutrient attributes our commissary patrons look for, our nutrition guide program makes shopping much more convenient and effective to help service members and their families meet their health and wellness needs. The NGP is based on U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture criteria and standards. DeCA collaborated with key DOD agency and service branch health and wellness experts to align NGP with the Go for Green nutrition education program, which uses traffic light colors to identify food choices in military dining facilities. For more information, click on https://commissaries.com/healthy-living/nutrition-guide.cfm.


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