Healthy Monday is a public health initiative founded in 2005 in association with Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and Syracuse University. HM’s goal is to end chronic preventable disease in the U.S. by offering people and organizations a weekly prompt to start and sustain healthy behaviors, intentions, actions and initiatives. For most Americans, the week begins on Monday. Studies suggest we are more likely to maintain behaviors begun on Monday throughout the week. That makes Monday the perfect day to make a change for your health and the health of our planet.
This past weekend I went down to Washington, D.C. for the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear”. It was really a blast. I got to see my good friend Coco (wish we’d had more time to hang out though) and Bobby and I toured the city on foot for most of Sunday. Why did I go? I am not a liberal, but I am fed up with our government. I also have a
secret crush on Stephen Colbert. While I was there, I saw tons of great signs, including…
Food Not Bombs. Their motto:
Food Not Bombs shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war?
I actually bought a book from the guy (C.T. Lawrence Butler) – who is a founder of Food Not Bombs (not the Food Not Bombs book, but a different one on consensus). Coco and I also got buttons.
Since today is Meatless Monday anyway, here are my Healthy Monday tips:
- Try eating less meat (it’s more sustainable). Not no meat, just less!
- Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or food bank. I need to do this one myself – I have not been actively volunteering since college
- Check out Food Not Bombs – they probably have a local chapter in your area. If not, maybe you can start one.
For more of my tips, check out the Healthy Monday series.