Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson skip meat on Mondays, and they want you to try it, too. The couple joined the Meat Free Monday movement in honor of the non-profit’s 10-year anniversary. The organization was launchd by Paul and Stella McCartney in 2009 to encourage people to eat less meat. The idea is to eat a plant-based diet at least one day a week.
The couple shared their support of the movement on Tuesday in a video posted from Wilson’s Twitter account. The duo wished the non-profit a happy birthday and explained why they supported the cause.
“Doing without meat is good for the planet, and the animals we share it with,” says Hanks. Wilson chimes in to say that plant-based diets also have health benefits.
“It’s nice to do with less meat those who aren’t full-fledged vegans or vegetarians, no meat on Monday, it’s actually a simple and easy thing to do. Let’s do it,” says Hanks.
For their 10 year anniversary, Meat Free Monday launched its #MFMCountMeIn campaign that asks celebrities, businesses, nonprofits and other supporters to share how they go meat-free. Search the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see how others support the movement.
Other celebrity supporters include Alec Baldwin, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Katy Perry. All have shared their support on Instagram.
Of course, you shouldn’t follow the movement just because a celebrity said so. Research consistently shows that plant-based diets are linked with a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, and blood pressure. If you want to reduce meat consumption without sacrificing protein, fill up on lentils, beans, quinoa and broccoli.
Melissa Matthews is the health writer at MensHealth.com and has written for Newsweek, Men’s Fitness, Inc.