A Beautiful Day for a Walk

People of all ages came to historic Stonehurst on Sunday, October 16, for “Waltham Walks at Stonehurst,” an annual event organized by Stonehurst, Healthy Waltham, and the Waltham Land Trust.  Located atop a hill at the end of the winding Robert Treat Paine Drive off Beaver Street in Waltham, Stonehurst sits amidst 109 acres of beautiful conservation land. “This is an unexpected oasis in the middle of Waltham.  It was great to welcome everyone here to discover and enjoy this amazing property,” said Ann Clifford, Curator of Stonehurst.  “Waltham Walks at Stonehurst” is part of Let’s Move Waltham, a city-wide initiative to encourage healthful activities such as walking.  Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of exploring the forests, fields, rocks and hills surrounding the property; playing on the lawn; kids’ crafts; and just sitting and relaxing in the sun.

Diana Young, Vice-President of the Waltham Land Trust, led a walk along the Western Greenway Trail and through the Storer Conservation Lands, which surrounds the property. “We are always happy to show families how the Western Greenway Trail connects the High School, Middle School, and Northeast Elementary with the many paths of Stonehurst,” said Sonja Wadman, Program Director of the Waltham Land Trust. Ann Clifford of Stonehurst led another group to the historic ruins and artifacts nestled in the woods around the estate.  Kids’ crafts and halloween activities were led by students from Brandeis University.

The grounds around Stonehurst and the surrounding Storer Conservation Lands, overseen by the Waltham Conservation Commission, are open daily sunrise to sunset; maps are available at the door. Please see www.stonehurstwaltham.org for more information.  For more places to walk in Waltham, please check out the Waltham Land Trust at www.walthamlandtrust.org.

 

Waltham Walks at Stonehurst Sunday Oct. 16!

Join the Friends of Stonehurst, Healthy Waltham, the Waltham Land Trust, and the City of Waltham for a Let’s Move Waltham! Community event.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Noon-4:00 pm

Explore the forests, fields, rocks and hills of Stonehurst, the surrounding Storer Conservation Lands, and the new Western Greenway.  Join is for an afternoon of healthy Halloween treat alternatives, mask-making, kids’ activities, guided tours and more!

Waltham Walks at Stonehurst Sunday Oct. 16!

Join the Friends of Stonehurst, Healthy Waltham, the Waltham Land Trust, and the City of Waltham for a Let’s Move Waltham! Community event.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Noon-4:00 pm

Explore the forests, fields, rocks and hills of Stonehurst, the surrounding Storer Conservation Lands, and the new Western Greenway.  Join is for an afternoon of healthy Halloween treat alternatives, mask-making, kids’ activities, guided tours and more!

Let’s Move Waltham Kick Off 9/17/11

Join us for a kick off for Let’s Move Waltham!

Come to Waltham Day at the Waltham Common (located at intersection of Main and Moody Streets, Waltham) on:

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

We will be kicking off Let’s Move Waltham with events guaranteed to get you moving!

Here is the schedule of all the Let’s Move Waltham activities:

  • 10:00 AM Creative Movement Performance (gazebo)
  • 10:30 AM Creative Movement will teach children the “Down South Shuffle” (gazebo)
  • 10:45 AM Zumba – with Cassandra Aviles, Certified Zumba Instructor, ZIM member
  • 11:15 AM Yoga – with Katie Dowcett. Certified Yoga Instructor
  • 12:00 PM Let’s Move Waltham Kick Off Ceremony with Mayor Jeannette McCarthy and Christie L. Hager, J.D., MPH, Regional Director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (gazebo)
  • 12:30 PM Tug of War – Led by Waltham High Sc hool Athletics
  • 1:00 PM Fitness Circuit – Led by the Waltham Boys and Girls Club
  • 1:30 PM Parachute Game – Led by the Waltham Recreation Department
  • 2:00 PM Races – Led by the Waltham YMCA
  • 2:20 PM Zumba – With Linda Flores, Cert ified and Licensed Zumba Instructor (gazebo)

Plus, try our two inflatable obstacle courses available all day.

What is Let’s Move Waltham?  The City of Waltham recently joined Let’s Move, the national campaign to address childhood obesity.  Let’s Move Waltham is about making healthy food choices and increasing physical activity.  Over the next year we will host various city-wide events, work with schools and kids, and challenge you to get healthier!

 

Waltham City Council Approves Resolution to Join Let’s Move

The Waltham City Council and Mayor Jeannette McCarthy passed a resolution for the City of Waltham to join Let’s Move, the national campaign to address childhood obesity that was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010.  The resolution was brought to the City Council by Healthy Waltham and passed at the City Council meeting June 27, 2011.

By joining Let’s Move, Waltham is joining other communities across the country in recognizing that childhood obesity is a major health problem that we all need to tackle together.  Let’s Move has four main pillars which are:

  1. Helping parents make healthy food choices
  2. Improving nutrition in schools
  3. Expanding accessibility and affordability of healthy foods, and
  4. Increasing physical activity opportunities

Healthy Waltham appreciates the support of the City Council and Mayor, and we look forward to working with city officials and the community of Waltham on this initiative.

The press release can be found here.  A copy of the resolution can be found here.