Take small steps toward a healthier life on the first day of the week. Meatless Monday dates back to World War I, when it was implemented as a way to conserve resources for troops fighting abroad. In 2003, whenthe U.S. began fighting a war of a different kind- a war on chronic, preventable diseases - it was a team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that understood the dire need to reintroduce the Meatless Monday campaign.
Connecticut institutions like Ashford School, Berlin High School, Tolland Public Schools and Old Saybrook Public Schools have all embraced Meatless Mondays. Thousands of hospitals, colleges, schools and respected charities across the country are experiencing the benefits of reducing meat in favor of plant-based eating.
"The American Heart Association recognizes the role of plant-based foods in a healthy dietary pattern, as evidenced by our recommendations that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts," said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. "Use Meatless Monday as another opportunity to eat a well-balanced diet."