KaBOOM! at Prospect Hill

On September 17, we were thrilled to participate in the building of a new playground at Prospect Hill Terrace in Waltham. The main organizer of the event, KaBOOM, is a non-profit organization that helps communities build playgrounds for children. It was both exciting and energizing to see so many groups of volunteers turn out to make a difference for kids, including members of the NE Patriots and NE Revolution teams.

Healthy Waltham’s efforts included leading groups in the building of/ enhancement of garden spaces at the housing complex.  We also served two salads to the volunteers at lunchtime. Both salads received rave reviews with so many requests for the kale recipe especially that we wanted to post them here. All the kale for the event was donated by the Waltham Fields Community Farm, and the salad greens were donated by Whole Foods.  Enjoy!

Kale Salad with Mandarin Oranges & Honey

  • 1 bunch kale, stalks removed, leaves thinly sliced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher/coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can mandarin oranges in juice, drained (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Put thinly sliced kale in a large bowl. Add a little of the lemon juice, oil and salt and massage with hands until kale softens. (Alternately – and this is what we did for KaBOOM – let kale marinate in the dressing in the refrigerator over night to soften and wilt.) Dressing: in a small bowl, whisk the remaining lemon juice with honey and pepper. Whisk in oil until dressing forms. Pour dressing over the kale and add the mandarin oranges. Adjust seasonings and add some of the mandarin juice if a sweeter salad is desired. Sprinkle with the pepitas before serving.


Community Health Fair at JMS Center

Come join us on Wednesday, August 14 from 9:00 AM-Noon for the Waltham Community Health Fair at the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, located at 564 Main St., Waltham! There will be fun activities for kids, tips and snacks to keep your family healthy, health screenings, and more!  At 10:00 AM, the Waltham Land Trust will lead us on a walk around the Waltham Common, just down the street!  Sure to be a great time, and of course it is free!  Hope to see you there.  Please download our flyer here.

Healthy Kids Day!

By Danielle Einhorn

What is better than warm sunny weather, lots of kids, poofy vegetable costumes and playing with soil? On April 27th, we participated in Healthy Kids Day at the Waltham YMCA, where kids came to a fun and interactive event which taught them about nutrition, exercise, and their community. Kids ran around through obstacle courses, swam in the pool, had their faces painted, ate healthy snacks, and much more! In collaboration with Waltham Fields Community Farm, Healthy Waltham set up an outdoor booth with a display of sprouting seeds, a jar of lima beans to dissect, and a sunflower planting activity!

Kids learned that lima beans are seeds that we eat for protein and other nutrients! They have soft coats that can be peeled off carefully to reveal two cotyledons (halves), where the new plant grows from!


Kids view the seed display and plant their own sunflower seeds in handmade newspaper pots!


Indoors we had a fun vegetable drawing activity for young kids, as well as our sugary drink display, which continues to be a success! It was interesting to learn that vitamin water contains a lot of sugar! Best to stick to the basics- just plain old water!


Eat a rainbow!

 Yifan Wang

One of Healthy Waltham’s missions is to promote healthy eating among kids. As an intern in Healthy Waltham, this semester I focused on “Eat a rainbow” project. After several weeks researching, I gradually changed my own diet. I do not attempt to let “greens” dominate my vegetable plate, but try to get a colorful cart while going grocery. Most of those colorful fruit and vegetables are low in calories and fat, but rich in fiber, they are also a great source of vitamins and minerals. Fruit and vegetables also contain naturally-occurring plant chemicals called phytochemicals that have been found to protect us from a range of health problems including cancer, heart disease, and eye problems. And the easiest way to ensure a good mix of phytochemicals is to eat a rainbow!

To promote this “eat a rainbow” idea to more kids, we collaborated with Waltham Family School. We offered the kids some special homework: “draw our favorite vegetables or fruits”. And after two weeks, I collected many colorful drawings. I cut their drawings and categorize them according to different colors, and made a rainbow poster. This rainbow poster aimed to give kids some idea that we need to eat 5 colors of the rainbow everyday to obtain diverse vitamin and nutrition.

I joined Waltham Family School healthy potluck on April 20th, 2013. In a big classroom, every mom brought a home-made healthy dish, such as organic salad, whole wheat bread. Each person introduced their dish about the ingredients, where did they buy it, and how to cook it. Through this health fair, those mom students not only learned from each other’s healthy cooking skills, but also practiced oral communication skill in their second language English and introduced each other about their culture. I brought the rainbow poster I made from their kid’s lovely work, and taught them how important for both their kids and themselves to eat diverse vegetables and fruits.

The exciting news is that this poster will be exhibited in Waltham Public Library during May. Many kids contributed to accomplish this poster, it is totally their work, and I just put them together. And every time they walk into the library, they can see their own work exhibited to many visitors. And more importantly, their drawings also help more kids to develop a healthy eating habit. Let’s eat a rainbow everyday!

NEW! Healthy Dining Program

People love to eat out, but it can be hard to identify the healthier or lower calorie items.  The Healthy Dining Program aims to make this a little easier.  A statewide program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the purpose of the Healthy Dining Program is to encourage local restaurants to help their customers eat healthier by making some simple menu changes.  Examples of the types of changes are to allow customers the option to: substitute a salad or vegetable instead of French fries; low fat or skim milk instead of whole milk or cream; baking, grilling or steaming instead of frying in oil, etc.  Restaurants must also be in compliance with health code and permitting regulations.  The Chateau, Waltham, recently became the first restaurant in Waltham to join this program.

Any restaurant may apply to join the Healthy Dining Program.  Restaurants that are approved will receive a Healthy Dining window decal and may be listed in Healthy Dining websites and directories.  Thank you for helping your community eat healthier.  Questions may be directed to the Healthy Dining Coordinator for Waltham, Leslie Glynn, at lglynn@healthy-waltham.org or 781-891-4700.

Download the Healthy Dining Application

Read our article in the Waltham News Tribune