Combat COVID-19 with good nutrition

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  • By 1st Lt Kelly Caponigro
  • 81st Training Wing Public Affairs

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Make nutrition a priority by eating healthy nutrient-rich foods to help support your immune system. Start by making a meal plan and grocery list, this will help to only purchase the items you actually need and allow for those items to last longer. Keep food on hand for about 2 weeks, there is no need to buy everything at the grocery store, be considerate of others also in need. 

Fresh, canned, or frozen foods can all be used to make healthy meals. Remember that fresh food can be frozen, such as meats and breads. Before you toss any fresh fruit or vegetables put them in the freezer and use them to make healthy smoothies.

Pantry & freezer staples









Canned tuna or chicken

Peanut or almond butter


Shelf-stable milk or powdered milk

Dried fruit

Canned, no sugar added fruit or applesauce

Canned, no-salt added vegetables

Frozen fruits & vegetables



Food safety

Ensure all fresh foods items are washed before eating.  Keep all home surfaces, cutting boards, and utensils clean by washing with hot soapy water.

Staying Active Inside

If you are home for an extended period of time, set a schedule for the day and practice mindful eating by making a meal & snack plan, keep organized in both your work, eating, and living spaces.

Find positive ways to focus your time and energy in stressful times!

Check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for more science based information to support good nutrition: or