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The HSUS Praises Metro Health Hospital for Participating in Meatless Monday

Wyoming, Mich., hospital brings meat-free options to community

  • Going meatless one day a week helps improve your health and the health of the planet.   Michelle Riley/The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States praises Wyoming, Mich.-based Metro Health Hospital for becoming the latest hospital to join the international Meatless Monday movement. Metro Health Hospital is participating in Meatless Monday by offering more vegetarian options in its cafeteria every Monday and educating the community about the health benefits of eating more meat-free meals.

“Metro Health Hospital is committed to improving the health of our community and increasing access to healthy foods,” said Robert Van Rees, Metro Health Hospital senior director of facility and support services. “Participating in Meatless Monday helps us increase the variety of food choices available in our cafeteria and fits well with our efforts to promote sustainability and use of sustainable foods.”

 “Americans simply don’t need to eat the massive amount of meat we’ve gotten used to eating—it’s bad for our health, the environment, farmers and animals,” said Kristie Middleton, outreach manager of farm animal protection at The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds Metro Health Hospital for doing its part by participating in Meatless Monday.”

Meatless Monday, now a popular international movement, was created by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during World War I. In 2003, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health re-launched the effort to promote replacing meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet.

Although Americans are eating less meat than just five years ago, representing the first significant decline in domestic meat consumption in decades, meat consumption at current levels is still not sustainable. The HSUS promotes programs like ­­­Meatless Mondays to accelerate this positive trend toward reduced meat consumption.

High meat demand pressures farmers to adopt more industrialized production systems, in which animals often suffer, such as by being confined to tiny cages and crates. These systems also squeeze smaller farmers who have a harder time competing with factory farms.


  • Meatless Monday is an international movement to raise awareness of the benefits of reduced meat consumption by bringing attention to the animal welfare, environmental and public health impacts of industrial meat production.
  • Polls show that 50 percent of people in America are aware of Meatless Monday and that roughly one in five are participating in it.
  • Public figures, celebrities and athletes—including former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Rev. Al Sharpton, Russell Brand, Carl Lewis, Mike Tyson and Tony Gonzalez—have recently touted the advantages of eating less meat-centric diets.   
  • Going meat-free one day a week can help improve public health too: People who eat fewer animal products have lower rates of weight gain, dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and other health problems than people who eat a typical American diet.

To sign up for a weekly meat-free recipe via email or text message, visit http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/eating/meatfree-guide-2011/.  

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

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