(February 11, 2011) - To promote a healthy diet, Memorial
University Medical Center (MUMC) and Sodexo have committed to
Meatless Mondays within MUMC. Sodexo is the provider of food
services at the medical center.
Every Monday, Sodexo serves plant-based meal options to the
nearly 3,000 customers who dine in MUMC's cafeteria.
"When people realize that vegetarian meals provide the protein
that they need and are just as interesting, flavorful, and fun to
prepare, people find them easy to integrate into their lives," said
Ann Thomas, Sodexo's general manager at MUMC.
According to the federally funded Healthy People 2010 report,
Americans need to reduce their saturated fat intake by 15 percent.
Much of the saturated fat in our diets comes from meat products.
That's why Sodexo began it Meatless Monday program in January
Meatless Monday is already in place in 900 Sodexo hospitals
across the country. The program has also been made available to
Sodexo's corporate and government accounts and will begin in
Sodexo-served schools this fall. The company's senior living
community clients will also pilot the program for residents and
staff in 2011.
Sodexo has 380,000 employees in 80 countries. They design,
manage, and deliver a range of on-site food and maintenance
services for a variety of clients worldwide. For more information
about Sodexo's health and wellness initiatives, visit
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