Vegetarian meal once a week improves overall health

Providence St. Vincent Medical center is embracing an international campaign called Meatless Monday, by adding vegetarian options to its menu at The Eatery cafeteria. It’s also taking part in efforts to educate people about the health benefits of eating more meat-free meals.

“Hospitals should be setting the example for good health in their communities,” said Jason Lee, Eatery manager at Providence St. Vincent. “We’re participating in Meatless Monday to introduce our patients, employees and the community to all the healthy, delicious meat-free foods available.”

Dr. Melissa K. Li, M.D., a Providence St. Vincent employee, commended the hospital’s dining operation for its announcement, saying, “Reducing meat consumption and eating a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables is a great way to combat chronic disease and improve overall health.”

Other hospitals have similar efforts in place. For example, Adventist Medical Center’s Living Well Bistro specializes in all-vegan, organic, sustainable dishes.

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