About Go For Green
Go for Green® is a food identification system designed to help you find foods to improve your performance. The color codes—Green (Go), Yellow (Caution), and Red (Stop)—can help you choose the foods that fuel your body and brain best.
Go for Green® (G4G) enables service members to identify performance-enhancing foods by labeling food and beverage choices. Go for Green® also identifies the amount of sodium in foods to help warriors make the best choices for their sodium needs. Look for the codes below on foods in military dining facilities. Warriors can use these codes to help choose foods that boost their performance, readiness, and health.
Nutritional Quality: Green, Yellow, Red
|Sodium Level: Low, Moderate, High|
Green: Whole foods and beverages with little or no processing that are naturally packed with nutrients.Choose regularly.
|Low: Choose these most often, especially for those who have been told to follow a “low-sodium diet.”|
Yellow: Foods and beverages with some processing that still contain both healthy and unhealthy nutrients.
|Moderate: Eat these sometimes; they are appropriate for most warriors who are moderately active.|
Red: Foods and beverages with the most processing and the least nutrients, which can harm performance.
|High: Eat these rarely or in small amounts. Warriors who are active multiple hours per day and/or in extreme environments need some high-sodium foods daily.|
The Go for Green® Guides
The Go for Green® Guide provides a quick-and-easy overview of how to choose the best foods for performance, readiness, and health.
The first page of the Go for Green® Guide describes the nutritional quality of foods and beverages. Foods and beverages are categorized by food group and then color coded to identify healthy food and beverage choices.
Go for Green® also labels foods and recipes based on their sodium content, as seen on the second page of the Guide. Sodium needs vary based on calorie intake, exercise/activity level, environment (heat, humidity, cold), and health conditions. This Guide is a starting point to help you identify which foods are high in sodium.
Warrior Scenarios (coming soon!)
For more personalized information, visit the Warrior Scenarios page.
Beyond the DFAC
Go for Green® education extends beyond the walls of military dining halls. You can use the Go for Green® concepts for shopping at the commissary, cooking at home, and dining at fast-food and sit-down restaurants.
You also can use Go for Green® along with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate program. MyPlate helps diners create a plate that is colorful, nutritionally balanced, and with appropriate portions.
- The Go for Green® program enables dining facilities to create and offer more nutrient-rich food and beverage choices that are easy to identify and appealing.
- Go for Green® enhances the diner’s ability to select healthy foods and beverages by making nutrient-rich choices more visible, available, and appealing, with the ultimate goal of supporting performance, readiness, and resilience.
For more detailed information on all the aspects of the Go for Green® program and the why it works, please download the Background paper.
Stoplight Colors and Sodium Labels
Stoplight color-coding designates foods as Green, Yellow, or Red based on nutrient-quality indicators such as fiber, sugar, degree of processing, type and amount of fat, and the overall wholesomeness of the food. In addition, foods and beverages are labeled by sodium content—Low, Moderate, and High—to help diners make informed choices.
The color and sodium designations for the Go for Green® program were established by the review of current scientific literature on nutrition along with national guidelines and military standards. Department of Defense subject-matter experts in food service, nutrition education, and health promotion also provided valuable input.
To view the behind-the-scenes development of the guidelines and how foods and beverages are coded Green, Yellow, or Red and Low, Moderate, or High sodium, please download the 2015 Go for Green® Detailed Guide for Food and Recipe Coding.
Use the following Go for Green® print, display, and promotional materials to advertise Go for Green® at your installation.
|Images for social media|
|Posters (Downloadable letter-size; may require professional printing;
larger sizes are available on request)
|Table tents (Require professional printing)|
|Also available as a sheet of “stickers” formatted for Avery 5371, 5372, etc.
sheets (2x3.5 business-card size)
|Also available as a sheet of “stickers” formatted for Avery 5261, 5961, or 8616
sheets (2x3.5 business-card size)