Eric Adams Wants Brooklynites to Try This Meat Reduction Challenge

Good News Notes:

“Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is throwing his weight behind a 21-day challenge to eat less meat. And he’s doing it by pointing out both his own transformational health journey, and how eating healthy can boost resistance to COVID-19.

‘When many people make small individual changes, it has the potential to transform our world,’ Eric Adams said. ‘That’s why I am endorsing World Animal Protection’s Meating Halfway, a 21-day journey guiding folks toward eating less animal products.’

The Meating Halfway campaign challenges people who sign on at its website to eat less meat a few days a week or one plant-based meal per day.

Those who sign up get free access to a 21-day meal plan and recipes, discounts from plant-based meal kit partners and access to live cooking shows with people like The F**k-It List‘s Amanda Grace Benitez and plant-based Chef and Founder of Plant You Carleigh Bodrug.

Adams himself adopted a vegan diet after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2016. After less than six months of exercising and vegan eating, he’d lost 30 pounds and no longer needed medication, he told NY1.

Diabetes goes ‘hand-in-hand’ with heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the CDC. It is still a bigger killer than COVID-19.

‘My recovery is an indictment on our healthcare system. The sole goal should have been, Eric we’re going to get that reversed. Not Eric we’re going to give you the prescription that you need that you can take the rest of your life,’ Adams said of his health journey.

Since then, he’s used his own learning to try to help other New Yorkers take control of their health.

In 2018, he spearheaded a plant-based medicine program within the city’s largest medical system NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

Adams also worked with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to implement ‘Meatless Mondays’ at 15 schools in Brooklyn, a program the mayor expanded to all 1,700 NYC public schools in March 2019. In October last year, he launched a health book-meets-cookbook on his journey from diabetes to plant-based diet.”

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Originally published at on January 18, 2021.



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