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Letter: Vegetarian for a day

I would like to thank Aspen Valley Hospital for hosting the Aspen Meatless Monday Garden Party Community Dinner on Monday. Members of the community attended and enjoyed a delicious, meat-free menu created and prepared by Katey Bates, registered dietician and food services director, and Sandy Holmes, registered dietician. Along with dinner, we enjoyed a presentation by Mitzi Ledingham on “Hunger Through My Lens,” a project by children about poverty and hunger in Colorado. Eden Vardey and Cooper Means of Aspen TREE gave the group tips on how to grow vegetables at altitude and how to compost. Jack Johnson was also at the event and talked about Scraps, a community compost-collection program, and gave out free composting buckets. I think I speak for all of the attendees when saying how much we appreciate how much Aspen Valley Hospital supports and promotes wellness and good health in our community. Thank you so much!

Meatless Monday is a nonprofit public-health initiative in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Launched in 2003, the goal of Meatless Monday is to cut saturated-fat intake, which in turn reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Going meatless one day a week also decreases our carbon footprint and saves precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Aspen Meatless Monday has been in existence for five years. We get together regularly to share ideas for meat-free meals, listen to speakers, view documentaries and participate in cooking classes and demonstrations.

Once again, thank you, Aspen Valley Hospital, for your support.

Dawn Shepard


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