MUMC and Sodexo Promote Good Health with ‘Meatless Monday’

(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 2011.

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 sodexocommunity.com.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.