Hundreds of schools across the country started the academic year with a focus on health. Meatless Monday is now in over 200 K-12 schools and 93 colleges and universities around the U.S. The campaign is often part of the larger focus on nutrition and wellness that is prevailing in schools across the county: the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour unveiled a variety of new healthy eating efforts including school gardens, scratch-cooking in cafeterias, and youth farmers markets. Meatless Monday schools often teach students about the benefits of eating more produce through fun cafeteria promotions, after-school events, classroom discussions and community potlucks.
Syracuse University, for example, is helping students discover plant-based meals on campus with this fun and informative video. The piece is part of the school’s larger Healthy Monday series, which uses the start of the week to address issues such as nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction and smoke cessation. For their Meatless Monday video, Syracuse students offer lighthearted advice for their peers and suggest several easy ideas for making meatless meals out of everyday ingredients in the campus cafeteria.