What is Healthy Monday?

Healthy Monday is a national public health initiative to help end chronic preventable diseases by offering weekly prompts and programs to support people and participating organizations in starting and sustaining healthy behaviors.  Healthy Monday is an initiative of the Monday Campaigns and was founded in 2005 in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Healthy Monday Syracuse is an initiative of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.  The Lerner Center works in partnership with citizens, students, researchers and public health professionals to develop Healthy Monday programming to make meaningful change in the health of the campus and surrounding communities.

Why Monday?

graph of the Monday effect

Research conducted by Johns Hopkins suggests that people view Monday, more than any other day of the week, as a day to make healthier choices.  Respondents chose Monday as the day they would begin eating healthier, start an exercise routine, quit smoking or make an appointment with their healthcare provider.  Monday has special significance in Western culture as the beginning of the week and an opportunity for a fresh start.  The best part about having a Healthy Monday is that you have 52 chances a year to kick off a healthy week!

Logos of Healthy Monday campaigns