59th MDW: Commissary tours offer JBSA residents healthier food options

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  • By Airman 1st Class Joshua Rosario

For many people, grocery shopping doesn’t sound like a very difficult task, but selecting the healthiest food requires some thought beyond tossing items that look good into your cart.

The 59th MDW Nutritional Medicine team has set up tours at the local commissaries with the goal to help shoppers pick up the right products.

“A commissary tour is a great opportunity for us to teach people about disease management by educating shoppers on making the right decisions,” said Staff Sgt. Branden Maldonado, 59th Medical Wing diet technician. “We give shoppers an opportunity to become more informed when grocery shopping. Our goal is to help shoppers grab the best quality foods; healthiest carbohydrates, lower sodium foods and the lean proteins.”

The commissary tours are open to all who are interested, but the Nutritional Medicine team hopes to reach the demographics who have less healthy eating patterns and our JBSA community who are dealing with diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity and even those that wish to gain weight.

“There are so many people who are brand new to the military who have never experienced the responsibility of grocery shopping,” said Maldonado. “We want to make sure we are teaching them how to shop and how to do it healthy.”

To sign up or learn more about the remaining commissary tours taking place March 17, 24 and 31 at 9 a.m., call the Nutritional Medicine Clinic at (210) 292-7578.