What is Healthy Monday?
Healthy Monday is a national 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 a public health initiative 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 a major 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 on campus and in the surrounding community to make meaningful change in the health of the community.
Research conducted by Johns Hopkins suggests that people view Monday, more than any other day of the week, as a day to kick start healthier choices and behaviors. 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!