Attendees convening at the World Health Summit, an annual forum of strategic global health issues, will take part in the increasingly popular ‘Meatless Monday’, when they dine, after the first day of activity, on Monday, October 9, 2016. The yearly event, hosted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President François Hollande. It addresses contemporary issues of global health care.
A public health crusade, led by Sid Lerner, urges society to reassess its consumption of meat, over the course of a week, and consider refraining from eating meat on Monday. They cite the benefit of a reduction in chronic health issues such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The reduction of meat consumption has a positive impact on the environment, as less meat production softens its impact on the landscape, climate, and aquifers.
The collaboration of ‘Meatless Monday’ and the World Health Summit’s “Planetary Health initiative brings together a focus on the long-range implications of an individual’s health and the environment. According to Dean Michael J. Klag of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Meatless Monday is an important public health campaign that has been advised by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future since 2003. The campaign’s encouragement of going meat-free one day per week is a practical and simple step toward improving individual and public health globally.”
The ‘Meatless Monday’ initiative asserts that Monday is the optimum day of the week where individuals are most focused on initiating and maintaining a healthy mindset. Established in 2003, ‘Meatless Monday’ has flourished on the worldwide stage, gaining global acceptance from the educational sector, government agencies, restaurants and culinary institutions, actors and celebrities and other environmental and health alliances.
As the consumption of meat escalates worldwide and the amount of fruits and vegetables in an individual’s diet decreases, the rate of chronic diseases will continue to spiral out of control. As individuals become ill from chronic diseases associated with meat consumption, medical costs will rise and the health care system will increasingly become more burdened with treating the ill.