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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.

G4G Basics

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

G4G Green CheckGreen: Whole foods and beverages with little or no processing that are naturally packed with nutrients.

Choose regularly.
 G4G Low Sodium JPGLow: Choose these most often, especially for those who have been told to follow a “low-sodium diet.”

G4G Yellow CautionYellow: Foods and beverages with some processing that still contain both healthy and unhealthy nutrients.

Choose carefully.

G4G Moderate Sodium JPGModerate: Eat these sometimes; they are appropriate for most warriors who are moderately active.

G4G Red StopRed: Foods and beverages with the most processing and the least nutrients, which can harm performance.

Choose rarely.

G4G High Sodium JPGHigh: 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 G4G Guide: Foods and Beverages and Sodium [PDF]G4G Guide Sodium [JPG]G4G Guide Foods [JPG]

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.

MyPlate_Yellow [JPG]

Click here for more information on MyPlate.



For Leaders


  • 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.

Background [PDF]

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.

Guide for Food and Recipe Coding [PDF]

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.

Press Kit

Use the following Go for Green® print, display, and promotional materials to advertise Go for Green® at your installation.

G4G Guide Foods [JPG] The G4G Guide


Images for social media
G4G Social media image Air Force JPG Air Force [JPG]
G4G Social media image Army JPG Army [JPG]
G4G Social media image Navy JPG Navy [JPG]
Posters (Downloadable letter-size; may require professional printing;
larger sizes are available on request)
G4G About Posters [JPG] About Go for Green® (two posters)
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[JPG 2]
G4G Food Posters Green [JPG]G4G Food Posters Green 2 [JPG] Green Foods (two posters)
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[JPG 2]
G4G Food Posters Yellow [JPG]G4G Food Posters Yellow 2 [JPG] Yellow Foods (two posters)

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[JPG 2]

G4G Food Posters Red [JPG]G4G Food Posters Red 2 [JPG] Red Foods (two posters)
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Table tents (Require professional printing)
G4G Table Tent Army [JPG] Army
G4G Table Tent Navy [JPG] Navy
G4G Table Tent Air Force [JPG] Air Force [PDF]
G4G Logo Rect [JPG] Rectangular JPG, PNG
Also available as a sheet of “stickers” formatted for Avery 5371, 5372, etc.
sheets (2x3.5 business-card size)
Word, PDF
G4G Logo Round [JPG] Round JPG, PNG
Also available as a sheet of “stickers” formatted for Avery 5261, 5961, or 8616
sheets (2x3.5 business-card size)
G4G Background 102915 [JPG] Background paper [PDF]