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City of St. Petersburg Supports Meatless Monday Global Movement

Mayor Rick Kriseman proclaims Monday, April 19, Meatless Monday in support of the global movement to support healthy behaviors, increase consumption of plant-based foods, and help the environment.

Meatless Monday is a global movement that encourages people to reduce meat in their diet for their health and the health of the planet. The campaign was started in 2003 by Sid Lerner, in association with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Research shows that eating less meat and more healthy plant-based foods can help reduce the incidence of chronic preventable diseases, preserve land and water resources.

Meatless Monday’s message is simple, skip meat once a week and increase the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Research from the American Heart Association that eating less red meat can decrease a person’s risk of developing heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and stroke. It takes 425 gallons of water to produce one quarter of beef. By reducing our meat consumption, we conserve land, reduce our water consumption and greenhouse emissions, and save energy.

The Healthy St. Pete initiative is kicking off a 6-week Meatless Monday campaign to engage the community, and offer resource information for businesses, organizations, schools, and churches to join this global movement. By encouraging a diet rich in healthy plant-based foods and supporting ways to preserve and improve our environment the city is establishing a solid foundation to help its’ citizenry reach and obtain optimal health.

Learn more about the Meatless Monday movement at and join Healthy St. Pete by taking the Meatless Monday Pledge.

For more information, contact Healthy St. Pete at 727-892-5994 or visit

About Healthy St. Pete

Healthy St. Pete – a division of the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department created from an initiative of the City of St. Petersburg – works to build a culture of health in St. Pete by making the healthy choice the easy choice through innovative programs and community collaboration.  The division improves health outcomes, reduces health inequities, implements policies and programs and encourages the community to eat, shop, live and play healthy in a city where the sun shines on all. Visit to learn more.

About the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department
The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, and with 17 recreation facilities, nine swimming pools, over 150 parks and more than 70 athletic fields, the department makes it a mission to preserve and enhance the city’s parklands and recreational facilities and engage the community in leisure activities. Visit to learn more.

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