March 2016


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Announcing Our Spring Wellness Challenge
Spring is a great time to think about your health - and the importance of eating nutritious foods and increasing physical activity!  Healthy Waltham is launching a new 5-week wellness challenge called "Fit in 5". You are invited to join others in the community to make healthy changes and receive health tips and recipes. Participants will be entered in our raffle drawing for prizes from local gyms, restaurants and businesses. The grand prize will be a healthy dinner for 4 prepared in your home by Healthy Waltham's chef.  The "Fit in 5" Wellness Challenge will run from May 15-June 18. More information including  how to sign up will be coming soon! 

Interested in becoming a sponsor or donating a raffle prize? Contact us at fitin5@healthy-waltham.org.  Let's get outside and get healthier this spring!  - Pam Hess, Executive Director

Coming to an Elementary School Near You
Healthy Waltham is excited about our new partnership with the Waltham Public Schools: Fresh! Chef-to-School Visits. Our Chef Reva will visit all Waltham elementary schools this year to work with cafeteria staff on new and creative ways to serve healthy foods. Students get to try a sample or two at lunchtime and learn about the importance of a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Check out our recent Waltham News Tribune article about this program and our photo gallery here.
Pam Hess, Executive Director, and Chef Reva visit Whittemore Elementary School

Say Hello to Our Intern Alexis!
Alexis has quickly settled in this semester and is assistin g at many programs including the Fresh! Chef-to-School Program and the  children's snack program at Dana Court. She says, "My name is Alexis Cooper and I am so excited to be interning with Healthy Waltham this semester. I'm a senior at Brandeis University and I am majoring in Environmental Studies. I look forward to meeting many of you at upcoming programs!" 

Volunteers Needed!
Join us at the Fitzgerald Elementary School on Saturday, April 30, to help put in a new school garden! The Fitzgerald School community will be installing a new garden next to the school at 140 Beal Road during the hours of 9AM-5PM. If you are able to devote some time on April 30 for this exciting project, please email Allison at arsumpter@yahoo.com. Thank you!
Our Display at the Waltham Public Library  
Now through the e nd of March, Healthy Waltham has a display in the case outside the Children's Room at the Waltham Public Library. Fruits,Veggies, Grains, Protein and Dairy--food groups explained for kids through MyPlate, as well as a reminder about  the importance of exercise and setting limits on unhealthy foods. If you are visiting the Children's Room, be sure to check it out. You can find photos here.
Healthy Snacks at Dana Court
Kids are enjoying Healthy Waltham's 6-week Afterschool Healthy Snacks workshop at the Dana Court Learning Center. Chef Reva's class covers the different food groups, how to add more fruits and vegetables to meals, healthy breakfasts, whole grains, and lots of hands-on cooking! Kids enjoy making a variety of healthy snacks such as black bean quesadillas and fresh tomato salsa. Cooking together is one of the best ways we know to encourage kids to try new foods. At a recent class, one girl remarked that she never liked tomatoes before trying them in our salsa!
Upcoming Events
Spring is a busy time for community events! Look for Healthy Waltham at these upcoming events in Waltham:

April 6--Plympton Elementary Family Wellness Night
April 15--Kennedy Middle School Health Fair
April 30--Fitzgerald Elementary School Garden Build
May 1-- Moody St. 5K
May 6--Waltham High School Health Fair
May 7-- Johnson Compounding & Wellness  Customer Event

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