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Column: Meatless Monday offers a healthier alternative for carnivores

by Sara Connor - Prevention & Outreach Services
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:00 pm
Photo courtesy of meatlessmonday.com

Pack up the steak sauce and burger buns, because there are many benefits to eating food other than meat. Forget your Monday blues and load up on veggies and fruit.  Above is an image from Meatless Monday, the organization that endorses this initiative.
Photo courtesy of meatlessmonday.com Pack up the steak sauce and burger buns, because there are many benefits to eating food other than meat. Forget your Monday blues and load up on veggies and fruit. Above is an image from Meatless Monday, the organization that endorses this initiative.

Monday is no longer a day to dread; it's a day to look forward to! Here at Prevention and Outreach, we're giving you a reason to get excited about Mondays: the Healthy Monday campaign is here at The College at Brockport!

Every Monday, we'll be focusing on one of four campaigns: Mindful Monday; Meatless Monday; Move It Monday and Monday Funday!

The second Monday of each month is dedicated to "going meatless." No, this does not mean we're trying to convince you to become a vegetarian or vegan. The goal of Meatless Monday is to raise awareness of the many benefits of reducing the amount of meat we consume. 

What are the benefits, you ask? Here they are:

Going meatless for just one day a week is good for your health. It can help reduce your risk of chronic preventable diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Studies have also found that eating a diet rich with fruits and veggies and limiting your intake of red meat can increase longevity. In other words, it can help you live longer. 

Listen up college students — going meatless for one day a week is also good for your wallet. Not only does reducing your risk of chronic health issues (like those mentioned above) help reduce nationwide healthcare spending, it's also easier on your weekly budget! Building meals around vegetables instead of meats is an easy way to save a little money at the grocery store. That means more money for books, gas, new clothes or seeing "Beauty and the Beast" for a third time.

Finally, Meatless Monday is also good for the environment

This benefit is so underrated. Raising livestock for meat consumption uses an insane amount of water. Healthy Monday's website tells us that "when compared with current food intake in the United States, a vegetarian diet could reduce water consumption by up to 58 percent per person."

Meat production also generates significantly more greenhouse gases than vegetable production and uses huge amounts of energy (from fossil fuels) to produce grain for livestock. Cutting out meat for one day a week is such an easy way to minimize water usage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce fossil fuel dependence. 

By participating in Meatless Mondays, you'll be doing an amazing thing for your health and for the health of the planet. 

Catch us next week in The Stylus as we continue to make health contagious!


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