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Providence Healthy Food Pledge Introduces Meatless Mondays

Published January 12, 2015

One day a week, cut out meat—that’s the goal of the new Meatless Monday initiative starting today, Jan. 12, both Pacific and Colby Campus cafeterias.

The cafeteria at Pacific Campus will be going completely meatless (except of fish) while the cafeteria at Colby Campus will be offering meatless options at the “Favorite’s Station” but not going entirely meatless yet.  Click here to see upcoming menu items for both campuses for Jan. 12 and 19 meals.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is the fifth medical center in the Providence Health & Services system that has adopted this initiative to encourage all cafeteria visitors to improve their diets by cutting down their weekly meat consumption.

Studies have shown that going meatless once a week can reduce chronic preventable conditions because it allows the consumer to focus on whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. The average American consumes 8 ounces of meat per day which is 45 percent more than what the USDA recommends! Other health benefits of going meatless on Monday’s include:

  • Limited cancer risks- Diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk and both red and processed meat are associated with colon cancer.
  • Reduction in heart disease- Replacing saturated fat-rich foods (like meat and full fat dairy) with polyunsaturated fat-foods (like vegetable oil, nuts and seeds) reduces heart disease risk.
  • Fights diabetes- Research suggests that higher consumption of red and processed meat increases the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Curb obesity- People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices.
  • Longevity-  Red and processed meat consumption is associated with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality
  • Improvement in diet- Consuming beans or peas results in lower intake of total fat (including saturated fat) and higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium.

“Why Mondays?”, you might ask. Besides the ring it has to it, going meatless on Mondays actually is scientific! Research has shown that Monday is the day people are most likely to stick to their new and healthy habits. Starting a new habit on a Monday allows you to focus it on the week to come and if you fall off the wagon, you can easily start again the following Monday.

If you aren't already convinced about how good Meatless Mondays are for you, perhaps you will be persuaded by the impact it has on the environment: Going meatless on Mondays helps reduce your carbon footprint, minimize water usage and can reduce fossil fuel dependence.