COMMUNITIES

Promoting effective community-wide health initiatives is a top priority for all levels of government, from the CDC to the local mayor’s office. Healthy Monday can help create a culture of wellness in communities by making Monday a collective call to action to start the week by doing something healthy. In communities like Northern Kentucky, the Department of Health joined with schools, colleges, businesses, nonprofits, the media and the mayor’s office to make Monday “the day all health breaks loose.”


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Syracuse Healthy Monday Coalition

The City of Syracuse leads the country in implementing a range of Monday programs that inspire residents to stay healthy week after week. Meatless Monday meals are now featured at dozens of neighborhood restaurants, as well as St. Joseph’s Hospital, Upstate Medical and every cafeteria on the Syracuse University campus. In addition, Nojaim Brothers grocery store promotes Healthy Monday as part of the Near West Side Initiative, a program that reaches at-risk populations through community health centers.

Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner has joined in supporting Healthy Monday as well: in September 2012, Mayor Miner issued a Move It Monday proclamation in celebration of the new Monday Mile markers posted around town. Students and citizens alike stay connected to all local activities through the Healthy Syracuse website, a weekly newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and by checking in on Foursquare.


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Nebraska Man Up Monday Coalition

The Nebraska Man Up Monday Coalition is a growing group of clinics and AIDS service organizations that participate in a monthly conference call with The Monday Campaigns to discuss best practices, help brainstorm how to overcome barriers and share resources. Currently, the coalition consists of participants that serve populations all over the state, including the Nebraska AIDS Project, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Family Health Services, Hastings Family Planning and Central Health Center.


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North Carolina Meatless Monday Coalition

The North Carolina Meatless Monday Coalition is a growing group of universities, hospitals, local governments and community organizations that participate in a monthly conference call with The Monday Campaigns to discuss best practices, share resources and help each other overcome barriers to implementing Meatless Monday in their local communities. Currently, the coalition consists of representatives from Jackson County, Boone County, Western Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Charlotte, Triangle Meatless Monday and WakeMed Cary Hospital.