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Committee For Responsible Medicine partnered with GEICO to offer the insurance
company’s employees low-fat vegetarian meals at work – with remarkable results.
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.
guidance of PCRM – a non-profit union of over 12,000 medical professionals –
GEICO provided low-fat vegetarian meals in workplace cafeterias.
included such staple foods as legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
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.
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
also significantly increased their intake of such highly-beneficial nutrients
as including fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.
participants also saw a reduction in their LDL cholesterol, and improved
control of their blood sugar.
similar study conducted by PCRM and GEICO, which occurred in 2015, employees also
noted a reduction in anxiety, fatigue and depression.
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