Appealing to Representatives, Mental Health Services Boards, and food policy councils for Less-Meat being served in Psych Wards & Jails

Look at the natural resource news, antibiotic overuse, manure runoff, climate change, factory farm cruelty, heart disease and cancer spikes from meat-heavy diets. Something has to be done.

So institutional food services at jails and hospitals are good places to start. Taxpayers pay for these places to be running, we should be supporting healthy farming practices, not just artificially cheap meat.

Some groups with Experience Greening Hospitals, and supporting meatless monday, are Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine www.pcrm.org and HealthCare Without Harm www.noharm.org

The meat served in these environments is cheap and not particularly health-promoting. And when it’s being served 4 times a day to the Mentally ill (who can be overweight) trapped in psych wards, that’s a cruddy deal for animals and the environment, a place where we could be conserving resources to a great extent and with urgency!

Go to your Local Mental Health Services Board or other Public Health Meeting. Each county has a Mental Health Board or Health Agecy that may have public meetings. Look up the one in your metro area. These groups should be concerned for several reasons:

1) Healthy Balanced fat intake affirms mental health, and adequate omega-3s are essential to recovery. When patients have so much meat, it could throw off this balance.

2) Vegetables and colorful foods have freshness and healthy nutrients making it “feel good food”

3) vegan meals have cleaner fats and heart healthy fiber that nurtures healthy habits.

4) it’s worth it to make a dent for resource conservation, emissions reductions, and water quality. The Pharma drugs in the water is an issue

QUOTE DOCTORS!! 

Cleveland Clinic Wellness Dr Roxanne Sukol insightful interview on why everyone needs healthy veggie meals, focused on fiber and real food: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/cleveland-city-mayor-signs-meatless-monday-resolution/
Cleveland Clinic Wellness 20 minute Meatless Monday presentation with DR Patton, deals with positive health outcomes (heart disease, stroke, diabetes) and touches on emissions reducs!
“meatless monday” in the video section.
Find out more about the extensive pollution and depletion that your local Representatives, mental health services boards, and food policy councils can turn-around by recommending less meat be served in the Psych wards, hospitals in general, and in corrections facilities. http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/interactive-graphic/meat-consumption/

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