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August 6, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Praises Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for Participating in Meatless Monday

Oregon’s Largest Hospital Brings Meat-Free Options to Community

The Humane Society of the United States praises Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for becoming the latest hospital to join the international Meatless Monday movement. Providence St. Vincent is participating in Meatless Monday by offering more vegetarian options in The Eatery, its main cafeteria, every Monday and educating the community about the health benefits of eating more meat-free meals.

“If each American chose meatless options just one day a week, more than a billion animals would be spared from factory farms each year, our environment would be better off, and our health would improve,” said Kristie Middleton, food policy manager at The HSUS. “Providence St. Vincent is the latest hospital to show that being socially responsible can also be delicious.”

“Hospitals should be setting the example for good health in their communities,” said Jason Lee, Eatery manager at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. “We’re participating in Meatless Monday to introduce our patients, employees and the community to all the healthy, delicious meat-free foods available.”

Dr. Melissa K. Li, M.D., a Providence St. Vincent employee, commended the hospital’s dining operation for its announcement, saying, “Reducing meat consumption and eating a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables is a great way to combat chronic disease and improve overall health.”

While The HSUS supports Meatless Monday as a way to help animals, the health benefits of meat-free diets are also clear. People who eat fewer animal products have lower rates of obesity, dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, gallstones, hemorrhoids, constipation, diverticulosis and appendicitis than people who eat a typical American diet.

Facts:

  • Meatless Monday was originally developed by the U.S. government during WWI as a resource-saving measure. It has recently become an international movement aimed at raising awareness about the benefits of eating less meat by bringing attention to the animal welfare, environmental and public health impacts of industrial meat production.
  • Public figures including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Rev. Al Sharpton, celebrities like Russell Brand and Ozzy Ozbourne, and athletes like Carl Lewis, Mike Tyson and Tony Gonzalez have recently touted the advantages of meat reduction. 

Please visit humanesociety.org/meatlessmonday to sign up to receive a weekly Meatless Monday recipe.

Media Contact:  Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 301-258-1518

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