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.

Digging in @ Chesterbrook

Last Thursday marked the beginning of a new vegetable garden at Chesterbrook Housing Community in Waltham. With six cubic yards of compost dumped, the kids and HW staff got digging as we shuttled wheelbarrows of the rich, black soil over to the garden’s new location. From an eyeball-estimate, it seemed that the kids were able to move over a third of the huge pile in under two hours in high heat and humidity!

It was quite a sight to see such great teamwork in motion. The only thing that seemed to stop the kids was the storm clouds that came rolling in towards the end of our session! Later this week, we will continue to transport compost in addition to transplanting two apple trees.


Images by Rebekah Carter (2011).

Steamed Edamame

At the end of April, I gave the Chill Zone kids a behind-the-scenes tour of Moody Street’s  Tempo Bistro, the restaurant I’ve worked at for nearly five years. We hit all the major spots of interest, including the dining room floor, prep kitchen, walk-in refrigerators, and main kitchen. Since we were there during the early afternoon (before the restaurant opened for the night), the kids even got a chance to chat with the executive and sous (pronounced “sue;” French for “under”) chefs!

As the cornerstone of our work with the Chill Zone, I still wanted to include a healthy snack for the kids to eat during our tour. Luckily, Tempo serves steamed edamame (green soy bean pods) as an appetizer. None of the kids had ever had the dish before, so we turned our healthy snack into a taste test; it got 100% positive feedback. The best part? It is so easy and simple to make at home! Look for it in the freezer section of your local grocery store’s natural foods section. Even better, we’ll be planting loads of edamame @ McDevitt Middle School this week to enjoy in September.

Steamed Edamame

2-3 servings

1. Fill a medium-large pot with 6-8 cups of water; bring to a boil.

2. Carefully add one package (typically 14oz) of frozen edamame pods into the pot; cook for 4-5 minutes.

3. Carefully drain the edamame in a colander and lightly sprinkle with salt while hot.



Image by Rebekah Carter (2011).

What have we been up to this spring?

The past several weeks have been a very busy time for Healthy Waltham. With the weather continuing to warm up and seeds and seedlings (started indoors in February, March, and April) needing planting and care, we’ve been doing a lot more than usual, but were snapping photos along the way. Here is a medley of pictures capturing some of our more recent activities and garden growth from this past spring.

To enlarge these images for a better look, simply click on the photo of interest.


April blooms

Early risers: radishes and sugar snap peas

Perennial chocolate mint

Perennials lemon balm & freshly-transplanted rhubarb


Radishes bulging out of the soil

Gathering sticks and making the pea trellis @ Stanley

The finished product!

Marking and digging holes for lettuce transplants from Waltham Fields Community Farm

Getting those greens in!

Tendrils feeling their way up towards the trellis and sun

First radish harvest @ Stanley!

We ate all of the fresh & raw radish roots and most of the tops (great in salads)

Rebekah and volunteer Lara @ the inaugural Moody Street 5K Road Race

Waltham Fields farmers Amanda and Dan finish their run!

A day for discovering garden bugs and animals (a baby vole)

Late May growth: yellow irises and kale in the morning sun @ Stanley

Our lunch lettuce crop from Waltham Fields and snap pea blossoms @ McDevitt

Chive blossom

Lettuces, cabbages (before they bolted), kale, broccoli, and kohlrabi


Weeding and cultivating soil around snap peas for pumpkin seed planting @ Northeast

Cultivating for sunflower planting and watering newly-planted pumpkin seeds

At last: sugar snap peas planted way-back-when in March are ready for picking @ Stanley

Transplanting tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant; young summer squash seedlings

Inoculating and planting pole beans near the husk cherries

Pulling up romaine, red leaf, and green curly-leaf lettuces and picking cabbage flowers

At this week’s Stanley Garden Club and Waltham Boys & Girls Club session, we made a tasty lemon vinaigrette to dip our freshly-harvested and washed lettuces in. We put lemon juice, olive oil, shallot (you could also use onion or garlic), salt, and freshly-ground pepper in a bowl and gently whisked it until all ingredients were well combined. It was a simple and healthy snack that was enjoyed by all on two hot and humid afternoons!

Be sure to check in for weekly updates all summer long, as our garden work will continue at the school, Boys and Girls Club, and public housing gardens throughout these hot months (the best time to grow food in New England) and into the fall.

If you and your family are interested in helping us maintain our school gardens at Stanley Elementary, Northeast Elementary, or McDevitt Middle School, please contact me via:


No experience necessary as training will be provided.


Images by Rebekah Carter (2011).