Food & Nutrition


Food & Nutrition

Meatless Monday Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian is launching a "Meatless Monday" initiative at a number of the Hospital's onsite retail locations beginning February 26. NewYork-Presbyterian's Meatless Monday initiative, a collaboration between the Department of Food & Nutrition, NYPBeHealthy, NYPgreen and the Monday Campaigns, aims to educate Hospital employees, students, patients, and visitors on the benefits of consuming less meat.

Meat production accounts for nearly 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it a major driver of climate change. In addition to reducing one's environmental footprint, consuming less meat may help individuals lower their risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Through Meatless Monday, NewYork-Presbyterian joins a global movement with a simple message: "Once a week, cut the meat."

The Meatless Monday initiative will begin at our NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital campuses that have onsite retail dining: NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center. While meat options will still be available in the cafés on Mondays, this initiative will encourage participation in Meatless Monday by offering a vegetarian entrée as the featured special. This special will meet our NYPBeHealthy nutritional guidelines and will be offered at a discounted rate.

This initiative is part of a larger research project led by NewYork-Presbyterian's Department of Food & Nutrition, in collaboration with Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

NewYork-Presbyterian is committed to creating a healthy environment for the community. By implementing this Meatless Monday initiative, NewYork-Presbyterian joins a number of health systems nationwide that have adopted similar policies to promote healthier lifestyles.

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