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The Physicians
Committee For Responsible Medicine partnered with GEICO to offer the insurance
company’s employees low-fat vegetarian meals at work – with remarkable results.

Over the
course of two studies – which were 18 and 22 weeks in length – GEICO employees experienced
significant weight loss, lowered their cholesterol, and improved their
attendance at work.

The study

Under the
guidance of PCRM – a non-profit union of over 12,000 medical professionals –
GEICO provided low-fat vegetarian meals in workplace cafeterias.

The meals
included such staple foods as legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Also
included in the programs developed by PCRM were cooking classes, dietician
support, and information sessions where employees could learn about the
benefits of a plant-based diet.

Results

During the
studies, participants lost an average of between 10 and 11 pounds – with some
losing upwards of 40 – while members of an omnivorous control group gained
weight.

Participants
also significantly increased their intake of such highly-beneficial nutrients
as including fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.

Some
participants also saw a reduction in their LDL cholesterol, and improved
control of their blood sugar.

In a
similar study conducted by PCRM and GEICO, which occurred in 2015, employees also
noted a reduction in anxiety, fatigue and depression.

‘Win-win’

After the
2015 study,
the PCRM’s acclaimed plant-based physician Neal Barnard, MD,
described the study as ‘a win-win situation for employees and the company’.

He added: “Who
doesn’t want to feel great, increase energy, and maximize productivity in the
process?”

Emily Court

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious...