Make Yours a Soda-Free Summer

What’s the best beverage to keep you healthy and hydrated in summer?  Water!  Healthy Waltham intern Shanlai Shangguan wrote an article for us about the hidden sugar that can be found in sodas and sports drinks.  Kids today consume more sugar than ever, and it is known to have several negative health effects, and may contribute to obesity.  Shanlai, a Brandeis University undergraduate who hails from China, worked preparing healthy snacks with teens at the Boys and Girls Club and Waltham Recreation Department’s Chill Zone.  Shanlai shared several recipes for summer drinks that can be made with seltzer water and fruit or juice.  Read her article by clicking here.  You can also view it as a pdf document here.

New Garden at Whittemore School

Students from the Whittemore Elementary School, led by Healthy Waltham’s Nina Rogowsky, Jennifer Mandelbaum and Libby Jones, broke ground on their new school garden on June 12! The enthusiastic kids moved compost, prepared garden beds, and planted raspberries, peppers, cherry tomatoes and herbs. The new garden, located on a quiet and sunny side of the school, will serve as an outdoor classroom to help kids learn about where their food comes from. Kids will have a chance to tend to the garden and eventually also participate in harvesting vegetables and herbs. The new garden at the Whittemore Elementary School was made possible by a grant to Healthy Waltham from the Whole Kids Foundation. The Whittemore garden is the fourth school garden begun by Healthy Waltham. The other schools that have gardens are Stanley Elementary, Northeast Elementary, and McDevitt Middle School.

Libby, Jen and Nina get ready to plant at the new Whittemore Elementary School garden.

Kids get ready to spread compost at the new Whittemore Elementary School garden.



WHS Health Fair

Waltham High School’s second annual health fair was a huge success! Over 800 students attended the May 4 event which was organized by health teacher Heather Metallides and the health classes. The gym was set up with information tables on topics important to teen health, such as skin cancer and blood pressure screening, cigarette smoking and illegal drug prevention, dating/relationship violence prevention, physical activity/exercise and healthy diet, and more! A large inflatable obstacle course was very popular, as was the Zumba class led by instructor Linda Flores. Healthy snacks were provided by Hannaford Supermarket and Whole Foods. Congrats to all involved!  What a great day.

Two of the health students wrote about the planning of the health fair for the Waltham News Tribune as guest columnists for Healthy Waltham’s monthly article.  Read the article here. A great job by students, for students, about the importance of health and their role in making lifelong healthy choices!

Health teacher Heather Metallides and some of her health students.

Let’s Move Family Day 2012

More than 400 people attended Let’s Move Family Day at the Waltham YMCA on Saturday, March 3rd! Family Day featured an afternoon of active games, educational activities, and fun in support of the national Let’s Move campaign. Families participated in face painting, swimming, rock climbing, and many other activities. More than a dozen organizations participated, including the Waltham Partnership for Youth, the Waltham Land Trust, Mount Auburn Hospital, and Hannaford Supermarket. Thanks to the YMCA for hosting this event and to all who helped make this day a success!

Let’s Move Family Day Volunteers

Rock climbing!

Waltham Land Trust


Cooking demonstration by Hannaford Supermarket


Mount Auburn Hospital

Join us on March 3

Join us Saturday, March 3, from noon-3:00 pm for Let’s Move Family Day, a fun, FREE event! Come enjoy healthy snacks, family games, inflatable bounce house, climbing wall, swimming, and much more! Over 12 local organizations will be participating at the Waltham YMCA, located at 725 Lexington St. Learn ways to stay active AND healthy!

Some of the organizations participating include Healthy Waltham, the Waltham Recreation Department, Waltham Fields Community Farm, Hannaford, and Mt. Auburn Hospital. A free trolley will be running to the YMCA from the Waltham Common starting at 11:30 am.

All are welcome at this free family event. Please download and post the flyer which can be found here.