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.






Waltham Farm Day 2011

Well over 350 people came to the third annual Waltham Farm Day on Saturday, September 24, 2011!  Attendees enjoyed farming activities such as apple cider pressing, digging for carrots, fun crafts projects, live music, and a healthy cooking demonstration by Healthy Waltham’s Chef Leslie Glynn–and much more!  Some came just to stroll around the beautiful fields and enjoy the beauty of Waltham’s only working farm.  Photos from the Waltham News Tribune can be seen by clicking here.  Here are some video highlights of the day captured by Chris Wangler of WCAC, the Waltham Community Access Channel cable station


Worm Activity

A worm bin was created at Northeast Elementary this morning. This is what happened.

Let’s Learn About Worms!!

We started with the worm bin made at Healthy Waltham. The students looked at this worms and held them learning more about how nice they are.

Then it was the time to make our own worm bin.  We started by ripping up old newspaper into thin strips to create bedding. Bedding is an important part of the worm bin because it provides a place for the worms to be when they are not eating the things put into the worm bin.

Then we dampened the strips in water so that they would be moist. It is important to have the bedding be somewhat moist, but not too wet.

The next step was to put a little it of soil to add to the bedding.  This gave the worms more places to live.

Then worms were put in. Each student picked up the worms from the old worm bin and put them into the new worm bin.  Then they put some food inside.  Soon the worm bin will grow and the worms will eat food.  In 35 Days there can be more worms that are alive and lving in there making compost from vegetables.

It is important that the things composted are mostly vegetables. it is not that the worms will not eat anything else. It is just that things like fruit will attract fruit flies and then you will have a fruit fly bin.

Here are some ways to deal with fruit flies who may start hanging out around your bin.  The thing you can do is to have a cover on it. Another thing to do is to avoid using sweet fruits and citrus, as this will attract fruit flies. Make sure you put the food under the bedding a little bit both so that the worms can access it and so that flies are not attracted to them. One fun thing to do if there are too many furit flies swriling around the bin is to take a vaccuum cleaner and vacuum in the air they are flying in.  This will suck up a lot of them in no time.

Scott Oglesby November 2011

Waltham City Walks

Looking for a great way to get some exercise?  Why not try walking?  Walking provides a number of health benefits, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.  There are many great places to walk in Waltham.  A few months ago, Healthy Waltham and the Waltham Land Trust got together to map out some walking routes in the city, and our new Waltham City Walks pamphlet was born.  The brainchild of Waltham Land Trust Program Director Sonja Wadman and Healthy Waltham Intern Caitlin Abber, Brandeis University 2013, the pamphlet outlines six urban walking routes in Waltham neighborhoods and along the bank of the Charles River.  We will be posting versions of the pamphlets translated into other languages as well.

The walking map can be downloaded here:

English Version-City Walks Map

Spanish Version-City Walks Map