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April 1, 2013

The HSUS Praises Geisinger Health System for Joining the Meatless Monday Movement

Wilkes-Barre Hospital Brings Meat-Free Options to Community

The Humane Society of the United States is praising Geisinger Health System in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for becoming the latest hospital to join the international Meatless Monday movement.

Geisinger Health System is participating in Meatless Monday by increasing its meat-free options on Mondays and educating the community about the health benefits of eating more meat-free meals. Guests will enjoy new dishes like vegetarian stuffed portabella mushrooms, Mexican bowls and savory meat-free soups.

Rebecca Crotti, RD, healthy selections coordinator, said: “Geisinger Health System is committed to ensuring the good health of our community, and being a good steward to our planet and animals, which is why we’re participating in Meatless Monday.”

Kristie Middleton, food policy manager at The HSUS, said: “Geisinger Health System is known as a leader in improving health care, and their adoption of Meatless Mondays is one more indication of their commitment to wellness. 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 health would improve and our environment would be better off. We’re so pleased that Geisinger Health is the latest hospital to show that Meatless Mondays can also be a delicious way to start the week.”

The Meatless Monday campaign, now a popular international movement, was created by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during World War I. It was revived in 2003 by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Monday Campaigns to promote cutting out meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet.

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

High demand for meat pressures farmers to opt for more industrialized production systems where they can lose touch with the animals. These systems also squeeze smaller farmers who have a harder time competing with factory farms.

Facts:

  • Meatless Monday is an international movement to promote the public health benefits of reduced meat consumption. Other important effects include animal welfare benefits and a more environmentally sustainable diet.
  • Polls show that 50 percent of people in America are aware of Meatless Monday and that roughly one in five are participating in it.
  • People who eat fewer animal products can 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 Meatless Monday recipe via email or text message, visit
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/eating/meatfree-guide-2011/.  

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

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