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Meatless Monday

Check out Meatless Monday for recipes, news stories, toolkits, and other resources to get involved with the national campaign and global movement.

Resources for Food Service Operators

Health & Environmental Implications of U.S. Meat Consumption & Production

Reducing your intake of meat and animal products, particularly from industrial sources, can help protect your health, the health of the public, and the environment. Even a small change - like cutting meat from your diet once per week, as the Meatless Monday campaign suggests - can make a difference. We've gathered just a small sample of the evidence in favor of going meatless.

Livable Future Blog Entries

Over the years, we’ve written and curated many blogposts about Meatless Monday initiatives and supporting research. Check out our Meatless Monday contributions.

Research and Project Ideas for Students

If you are interested in collaborating with the Center on research for a master’s capstone or other project in relation to Meatless Monday and/or meat consumption or sustainable/healthy eating more broadly, check out this list of ideas.

Resources for Health Professionals

  • Sodexo launched a Meatless Monday health and wellness initiative in 2011 as part of the company’s “Better Tomorrow” Plan.
  • Healthcare Without Harm’s Balanced Menus Challenge & Toolkit, an approach for hospitals to purchase ‘less meat & better meat.’ Meatless Monday can be a nice complement to this program.
  • Meatless Monday for Registered Dietitians
    • View a recording of a continuing education webinar sponsored through the Public Health and Community Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group about Meatless Monday and its relevance to RDs.
    • Check out this feature article in the January edition of Today's Dietitian magazine to learn how dietitians are embracing Meatless Monday as a tool to promote healthful eating patterns.
  • "Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets," a special report published in Kaiser Permanente's Journal (Spring 2013) that makes a compelling argument for physicians to consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or obesity. Meatless Monday would be an easy way for patients to ease into plant-based diets.
  • 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - published every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recommendations include reducing intake of dietary saturated fat and cholesterol; increasing intake of nutrient-rich vegetables, fruit, beans, peas and whole grains; and consuming a balanced variety of protein foods (seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, nuts and seeds) and choosing protein sources that are low in solid fats and calories.
  • USDA’s MyPlate tool provides dietary recommendations based on the Dietary Guidelines. Recommended daily intake for the protein foods group is about 5-6½ ounce-equivalent servings for most adults. Americans currently exceed recommendations for protein, the majority of which comes from animal sources as opposed to nutrient-rich plant sources.
  • The Harvard Healthy Eating Plate differs from the USDA’s MyPlate, in that it is based exclusively on the best available science and was not subjected to political and commercial pressures from food industry lobbyists.
  • Oldways’ Vegetarian Diet Pyramid illustrates a healthy model of vegetarian eating, incorporating foods from many traditional diets around the world. Also check out their Health Studies page to learn more about the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
  • The Healthy People 2020 objectives set by the US Dept of Health and Human Services encourage Americans to reduce their saturated fat consumption by 16%. This goal (originally set for HP 2010) provided the impetus for the creation of the Meatless Monday campaign in 2003.

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Helpful Images, Graphics, and Infographics

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