Quit smoking. Eat healthier. Exercise more. Start exercising.
With high hopes, people start the new year determined to improve their lifestyles. But research tells us that even with the best of intentions, the majority will return to their old habits as weeks go by.
Healthy Monday is a philosophy to help people recommit to their resolutions and a healthier lifestyle long after the holiday decorations have been packed away. The simple premise offers people a weekly prompt to start and sustain healthy behaviors. A public health initiative founded in 2005 in association with the Mailman School, Johns Hopkins University, and Syracuse University, Healthy Monday aims no less than to end preventable disease in the U.S.
The initiative’s roots go back to 2002 when discussions at Johns Hopkins University on how to decrease fat and cholesterol in Americans' diets spurred Sid Lerner, Healthy Monday founder and chairman, to borrow an idea from WWII to promote Meatless Mondays. Then Mailman School Dean Allan Rosenfield worked with Mr. Lerner to expand the concept to address broader health initiatives such as smoking and exercise, thereby launching the Healthy Monday campaign in 2006.
Mr. Lerner, a former advertising executive and author of several books, explains that Healthy Monday’s appeal lies in being “able to use one day a week to get people to take on a good habit. It’s a motivation tool that works across the board on a number of diseases like heart disease.”
Since the program’s launch, the Healthy Monday campaign has de