is an international movement to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15% to improve personal health and the health of the planet. It is not an attempt to convert meat eaters to vegetarianism, but rather an aid in helping Americans reduce their meat consumption (which averages 45% above USDA guidelines daily) to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, not to mention to improve the diet overall by helping to reduce intake of saturated fat and cholesterol. Eating less meat also helps the planet by limiting the carbon footprint, fossil fuel dependence and water demands of the diet.
The ART and University cafeterias currently offer vegetarian options daily, including Gardenburgers® on the grill, and the salad bar, with other vegetarian options offered weekly including some soups and entrées on the hot line. Foods denoted with a “V” made out of two carrots are vegetarian. Every Monday, the cafeterias will feature a meatless entrée in addition to traditional offerings labeled with our Meatless Monday signage. While Monday is the typical day many choose to start a new healthy habit, any day or meal of the week where you can reduce your meat consumption will have a positive impact on your health and the health of the planet. If you would like more ideas, including recipes, on how to be meatless all Monday long, visit www.meatlessmonday.com.