Making Monday the Day All Health Breaks Loose!

We’re a public health initiative associated with Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Syracuse Universities that promotes sustainable behavior change by dedicating every Monday to health.

Our Campaigns

Individuals and organizations can apply one or more of our campaigns to address different health behaviors, including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and tobacco cessation.

Highlights from Our Partners

We work with leading health institutions to develop evidence-based health programs and promotions that can be implemented in a range of settings including hospitals, schools, workplaces, and communities.

Teams from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have lent their expertise to engage more countries and international NGOs in doing Meatless Monday, as a way to reduce meat consumption around the world.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center worked with The Monday Campaigns to develop a Healthy Monday wellness program designed for nurses and nurse practitioners to reduce stress and increase healthy physical activity.

The Lerner Center in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University implemented the Move It Monday-Monday Mile program across two counties in upstate New York. Their efforts drove participation from local residents, and resulted in new walking paths throughout the cities.

The NYU Langone Health Rusk Rehabilitation team created a program focused on digital delivery to improve patient learning and participation in cardiopulmonary rehab activities. Early data shows promising results for improving engagement.

In Memoriam - Sid Lerner

We mourn the loss of Sid Lerner, our Founder and Leader, who inspired new approaches to public health with Meatless Monday and The Monday Campaigns. Sid woke up every day thinking about how he could make the world a better place, and he will be remembered for being a tireless fighter for the greater good. We will not lose sight of his mission, spirit, and passion.

In the News

DeStress Home Office feature
The newsletter was distributed to staff in each of the state’s 67 counties and has resulted in a weekly Monday-boost of approximately 25% engagement compared to non-Monday emails.
MM NYC schools
The City of New York has taken the next step in its commitment to meat reduction by including Meatless Monday in its first-ever 10-Year Food Policy Plan.
From gratitude journaling to mindfulness to deep breathing, DeStress for Success offers solutions to common college-life problems and challenges.

Healthy Monday for Total Wellness

The Healthy Monday campaign encompasses more than one health behavior. Organizations can create their own Healthy Monday wellness program using resources from each campaign and individuals can sign up for our Healthy Monday Refresh newsletter and follow #HealthyMonday to get a weekly round-up of the latest news from all of our campaigns.

This Week's Healthy Monday Practices

It may seem like a leisurely activity, but walking is most definitely a workout. Moving at a brisk pace—whether it’s around the neighborhood, through the park, or up-and-down city streets—can help improve endurance, heart health, flexibility, and weight management.
The goal of the 5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Technique is to use the five senses to focus on the moment and avoid multiple anxious thoughts.
By using ingredients like tofu, cashews, nutritional yeast, and cauliflower, you can add richness and a smooth, silky texture to recipes without altering the flavor or character of the original dish.
When you decide to quit smoking, set a quit date to go smokefree. The date will serve as your commitment to get healthy, create a goal, and jump-start the motivation you need to quit. We’ve got some great ideas to help you get started.
squash burger
Unlike the stuff you find in the frozen aisle of your local supermarket, making your own veggie burgers allows you to control the flavor and feel of your food. Using ingredients like grains, beans, and nuts, you’ll make a delicious burger without having to rely on meat.
Our friends at ChopChop Magazine are sharing some of their most popular pantry-friendly recipes to help you through this time when most people are spending a lot more time cooking at home with what they already have.