Hundreds of K-12 schools, colleges and universities have embraced The Monday Campaigns. Be it diet, fitness or smoke cessation, across our entire range of campaigns a weekly commitment to wellness puts students, faculty and staff on the path to a healthy lifestyle!
Students at Syracuse can start the week with a wide range of nutrition and fitness activities, including Meatless Monday in the school’s cafeteria, free fruit deliveries, Move It Monday classes, wellness seminars and campus health surveys.
Students at Syracuse can start the week with a wide range of nutrition and fitness activities, including Meatless Monday in the school’s cafeteria, free fruit deliveries, Move It Monday classes, wellness seminars and campus health surveys. For the local community, there are Meatless Monday meals at neighborhood restaurants and at St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as various nutrition programs and public health forums.
Even Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner has joined in supporting Healthy Monday: 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 can stay connected to all local activities through the Healthy Syracuse website, a weekly newsletter, Facebook, Twitter or by checking in on Foursquare.
This extensive program is thanks to the work of The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, which was established in October 2011 by Monday Campaigns founder Sid Lerner. “Sid is a social marketing pioneer,” Center Director Tom Dennison told Syracuse University Magazine. “He was really ahead of the curve with Meatless Monday, marrying the power of cyclical messaging to the reduction of chronic, preventable disease and using a social, networked, grassroots approach to pushing the idea out into the community. His timing and execution were just right, and I think that’s why we are really seeing this explode.”
The center has already made great strides in educating both the community and future health professionals, with plans to do even more in the coming years. The Lerner Center is now working with both SUNY Upstate Medical University and Say Yes to Education to establish additional Monday Campaigns and related events.
Northern Kentucky University
In September 2009, Covington County’s 8 K-12 schools started Meatless Monday in their cafeterias. The county’s K-12 schoolchildren also receive a Healthy Monday tip every week during morning announcements, and a reminder to walk the Monday Mile routes which have been mapped out for each school.
There are many Healthy Monday activities at Northern Kentucky University. Students enjoy Meatless Monday meals, take advantage of campus walking maps, create and share Monday Matters videos and connect about wellness issues on social media. Healthy Monday meals and activities on campus are available to both students and staff, ensuring that everyone stays on the path to wellness. The students at NKU also reach out to the community through programs like Let’s Talk Monday, a forum where citizens are invited onto campus for a community discussion about obesity prevention. The Northern Kentucky Healthy Monday Coalition, combined with the efforts of Northern Kentucky University, is a wonderful example of how communities can unite to start the week with a focus on health