Bay State Bike Week

May 10-18 is Bay State Bike week, an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation! Biking enthusiasts across Massachusetts are planning events in their communities to help raise the visibility of bicycling, engage new riders, and promote the benefits of cycling for transportation and recreation. Bicycling is also great exercise and helps to reduce our carbon footprint.

Join the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge! You can join the fun by joining this free week-long challenge to to use your bicycle instead of your car to get where you need to go. Register for the Challenge today and log in your miles all week. Recognition and prizes are given for categories such as schools, businesses, individuals, and communities. Check it out here.

Waltham Events

Mayor Jeannette McCarthy recently proclaimed May to be Waltham Bike Month and May 10-18 to be Waltham’s Bike Week! You can read the official proclamation here.

Check out some more events in Waltham:

  • Waltham’s First Annual Bicycle Update –  On May 13th, come learn what Waltham is doing to support and encourage biking in Waltham. The meeting will be held at 119 School St. in the auditorium from 7-8 PM. Please see the flyer here.
  • Transportation Working Forums – Waltham’s Planning Department is hosting a series of community forums  on the topic of healthy transportation. The next forum will be about forming a Healthy Transportation Advisory Group. This meeting will be held at 119 School St. in the auditorium from 6:30-8 PM. Please see the flyer on the city website here.

Happy biking! Have a favorite place to bike in Waltham? Let us know!

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Bicylist Traffic Skills

Do you know how to navigate traffic or need to brush up on your skills? Biking is a wonderful mode of transportation, but riding in traffic does require some knowledge. Come to this FREE class offered in Waltham on May 5 and May 9 from 7:00-9:30 PM at Waltham Government Center, 119 School St. Then join us for a riding session on May 10, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM at Bentley University on Forest St.

Please see our flyer for more details! This class is intended for ages 16+.

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Chateau Fundraiser

Healthy Waltham is pleased to announce our first restaurant fundraiser. On Thursday, May 15, stop in at the Chateau restaurant, located at 195 School St. in Waltham, from 11:15 AM to closing. Present your server with the Healthy Waltham fundraiser ticket, and 20 percent of your restaurant check will be donated to Healthy Waltham! Funds raised will support our healthy eating programs in Waltham. Takeout also qualifies for this fundraiser. Thank you very much for your support! Please download the fundraiser ticket here.

The Chateau has had a unique relationship with Healthy Waltham. The Chateau was the first restaurant in Waltham to sign up for the Healthy Dining Program, an initiative of Healthy Waltham and Mass in Motion. The Healthy Dining Program is a voluntary program whereby restaurants all over Massachusetts pledge to offer healthier substitutions and lower calorie options on their menu. The Chateau Restaurant implemented an “Under 598 Calorie Menu” which has been very popular. Check out these wonderful photos and see our other information on the Chateau and the Healthy Dining Program.

Selections from the Chateau's under 598 calorie menu. Top to bottom: eggplant with whole wheat penne, haddock and baby greens, grilled scallops and vegetables on baby spinach.

Selections from the Chateau’s under 598 calorie menu. Top to bottom: eggplant with whole wheat penne, haddock and baby greens, grilled scallops and vegetables on baby spinach.

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Food & Wine Festival

Healthy Waltham will again be participating in the Waltham Food & Wine Festival on April 23, 6-8:30 PM at the Westin Waltham Hotel. We are pleased to join local restaurants and foodies in support of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, a unique museum about Waltham’s industrial past. Healthy Waltham’s Chef Reva will be making a healthy kale salad for all to enjoy. This green can be served many different ways, including sautéed, steamed, in soups, roasted in the oven, and raw in salads. For a tasty kale salad recipe, please see our post here. We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!

Cooking at Kennedy Middle School

Can you make a healthier pizza? Yes, you can! Healthy Waltham’s new chef instructor Reva Haselkorn led a six-week after school class at Kennedy Middle School discussing and implementing healthy eating concepts and cooking techniques. At their last class, the  students put their knowledge to good use and celebrated with a healthy pizza party. They made pizza from homemade whole wheat dough (prepared ahead of time by Chef Reva), mixed up homemade sauce, and roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli, onions and peppers for toppings. The class made a healthy version of “soda” by mixing a little 100% juice with plain soda water (an easy trick to cut down on sugar). Previous recipes in the course included fruit salad, breakfast burritos, vegan chocolate cake, green smoothies, baked chips and fresh salsa, and oven-fried chicken nuggets with cole slaw. The after school cooking program is offered at both Kennedy and McDevitt Middle Schools through a “PEP” Physical Education Program grant. To read more about Chef Reva, read her bio here.