Meatless Mondays can improve Greenwich’s health

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I am writing to encourage everyone to start a new practice in their lives. It’s one that is very easy, but can have a huge impact — Meatless Monday.

Meatless Mondays are great for the environment and have many health benefits, including reducing heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Many schools and hospitals across the country have adopted the practice, including PS 244 in Queens, N.Y., which found a drop in the number of students classified as overweight or obese as a result.

It’s great to start kids out young eating well and teaching them healthy habits to prevent health concerns down the road. Plus, it’s never been easier to eat vegetarian fare, as it’s widely available these days and actually delicious.

I hope you join me in adding Meatless Mondays this year to your menu and to encourage your friends, local schools and hospitals to do likewise. There is no reason that the schools in Greenwich and Greenwich Hospital couldn’t implement a Meatless Monday program.

Make it a healthier year for you, for our children, and the planet.

 

Sherry Wernicke
Riverside

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