IDF To Cut Burekes and Rogelach From Army Menu


idfA few weeks ago, traditional pastries such as burekes and rogelach were taken out of Israel’s cabinet meetings, and now the IDF is planning to follow suit.

The military does not have a shortage of over-weight officers, some of whom even serve in field units. Most of the officers blame their chubbiness on refreshments served during army meetings.

Head of the IDF’s Combat Fitness Division, Dr. Avi Moyal, said he wants to put an end to this problem; in recent days, Moyal distributed a special document among commanders where he urged them to change things in the IDF by educating soldiers on healthy lifestyles and encouraging them to make changes to the refreshment menus being offered in military bureaus.

According to Moyal, the rogelach and other kinds of pastries – which have been traditionally served in the IDF for years – must be replaced with lighter items such as fresh fruit and vegetables. Moyal noted that the senior commanders at the General Staff should set an example to the lower military echelons.

The fattening treats have already been taken out of the Home Front Command and Air Force menu, and now others should follow suit, Moyal said.

Commander Moyal started a health revolution among officers immediately after his appointment as head of the IDF’s combat fitness division three years ago. He initiated healthy lifestyle projects in most bases, which included altering soldiers’ eating habits and boosting physical activity.

In addition, Moyal founded a professional running team for senior officers that trains weekly on the beach.

Over 100 officers participated in a 42km marathon in Tiveriah two weeks ago, and an additional 3,000 officers and soldiers participated in the 10km race.

{Ynet/Yair Israel}