Healthy Monday Syracuse, a major initiative of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, offers weekly prompts and programs to support people, and organizations, in starting and sustaining healthy behaviors. Our goal is to end chronic preventable diseases.
Explore our site to learn more about the programs we sponsor locally and read on for more information about the Healthy Monday campaigns. Click on any of the logo images to visit the Monday Campaigns website where you can access free resources to use in your own Healthy Monday campaign. Or, check out these resources to help kick off your Healthy Monday campaign.
Healthy Monday can be used as an umbrella campaign over a wide range of health initiatives. By using Monday to unite health messaging; workplaces, communities, and schools can create a culture of wellness that motivates people to join together and start the week off healthy. Sign up for a weekly Healthy Monday email newsletter with health tips, recipes and more to benefit you and your organization. Get the Monday Refresh tips: Monday tips, and Healthy Monday worksite wellness kit
Move it on Monday and commit to staying fit all week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommends 2 1/2 hours of physical activity every week for most adults, but many find it challenging to meet this requirement. Move it Monday can be used by organizations to encourage people to start the week off active by taking the stairs, going to the gym or doing a Monday Mile walk. Free resources to get started with Move it Monday and the Monday Mile are here: Monday Mile toolkit.
Meatless Monday is an international movement designed to encourage people to reduce their meat consumption by 15%. On average, Americans are consuming too much red and processed meat, which leads to a greater intake of saturated fat. Excess saturated fat in the diet can contribute to heart and other chronic diseases. One day a week, eat more fruits, vegetables, grains and beans and less meat to reduce your risk of developing chronic, preventable conditions like heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Consuming less meat is good for the environment too, limiting our carbon footprint and preserving precious resources like water and fossil fuels. Interested in starting Meatless Monday? Check out these toolkits: Meatless Monday toolkit, Meatless Monday restaurant kit, Meatless Monday campus kit, Meatless Monday community kit, Meatless Monday K-12 kit.
DeStress Monday addresses the issue of persistent stress, which has been shown to have negative effects on many aspects of personal health. The campaign offers a Monday refresh practice with guided audio that incorporates evidence-based stress reduction techniques of deep breathing, mindfulness and positive affirmation. The campaign includes mid-week mini-resets for fun creative ways to renew our energy to stay positive and calm the whole week.
The Kids Cook Monday campaign provides a weekly opportunity for families to cook and eat together. The Kids Cook Monday website features weekly family-friendly recipes with tips for helping kids of all ages learn valuable kitchen skills. There are resources available for families and educators: Kids Cook Monday kit for families, Kids Cook Monday kit for educators.
Tobacco users often wait for special occasions to quit, like birthdays or the new year, but most will eventually relapse. Quit and Stay Quit Monday is an effort to change that by giving tobacco users who want to quit a weekly chance to commit, quit and recommit to their quit. Tobacco users can use Monday to plan ahead, anticipate triggers, celebrate progress, or check in with their quit buddy. Quit and Stay Quit Monday offers weekly support and resources for individuals, cessation specialists and organizations. Get the toolkit: Quit & Stay Quit Monday Quit Smoking Toolkit.
Caregiver Monday is the day dedicated to the care of caregivers. There are an estimated 65 million caregivers in the United States, many of whom are informal caregivers like children caring for an elderly parent or relative. Caregiving can be an around the clock job, leaving some caregivers to not take the time they need for their own health. Caregiver Monday is a weekly opportunity for caregivers to take a much-deserved break for their own health and well-being.