Walk & Talk With Elected Officials

Healthy Waltham’s “Walk & Talk with Elected Officials” was a hit this summer!  The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for Waltham residents and elected officials to converse in an informal way while getting a little exercise.  The walks were held on four evenings this summer.  Elected officials participating included Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, City Council Members Diane Leblanc and Robert Logan, and School Committee Member Robert Cincotta.

“Walk & Talk with Elected Officials” was featured in the Waltham News Tribune, please click here to read the story.  The Waltham Community Access Channel was also there, please click here for their video coverage courtesy of Julie Land.

Waltham Walks at Stonehurst

Join the Friends of Stonehurst, Healthy Waltham, the Waltham Land Trust, and the City of Waltham for Waltham Walks at Stonehurst, an afternoon of fun family activities on Saturday, July 17, 2010!

This free event will be held from noon – 4:00 pm, rain or shine, and all are welcome. 

Explore the forests, fields, rocks and hills of Stonehurst, the surrounding Storer Conservation Lands, and the new Western Greenway. You may opt to go questing and try out one of Stonehurst’s new self-guided treasure hunts: the Quest of Giants, the Quest of Ruins, or the Quest of Nooks and Crannies.  “Yoga Energizers” led by TriYoga Boston.  Other kids’ activities led by Healthy Waltham and the Waltham YMCA.  Guided and self-guided tours (see schedule of guided tours below).

Bring water bottles and a picnic lunch. Healthy snacks provided by Hannaford Supermarkets. Sturdy shoes recommended.  Free transportation is available on the Waltham City Trolley.

Guided Tour Schedule
• 12:30 pm –Western Greenway walk, led by David Kehs, Director of the Waltham Land Trust
• 2:00 pm – Walk to ruins in the woods, led by Stonehurst
• 3:00 pm – Tour of the house, led by Stonehurst

Stonehurst is located at 100 Robert Treat Paine Drive, off Beaver Street near Forest Street. At the Stonehurst sign, follow the driveway up the hill to the parking lot. Parking is also available at the High School. To reach Stonehurst from the High School, walk along the Bull Run trail.

To learn more about Stonehurst, please visit www.stonehurstwaltham.org.  To learn more about the Waltham Land Trust, please visit www.walthamlandtrust.org.

"UNNATURAL CAUSES" Video Screening

ANNOUNCING….  Special screenings of selected episodes from this award-winning documentary series at the Waltham Public Library

“UNNATURAL CAUSES…is inequality making us sick?” investigates findings that are shaking up our conventional understanding of health.  There’s much more to our well-being than genes, behaviors and medical care.  The social, economic and physical environments in which we are born, live and work profoundly affect our health.  Broadcast by PBS, this series tackles the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health.

Learn more about this documentary at www.unnaturalcauses.org.

These events are FREE and all are welcome.  All screenings will be held in the Lecture Hall of the Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street.  Each screening will be facilitated by a member of the Regional Center for Healthy Communities (Metrowest) and include an audience participation group discussion. Healthy snacks will be provided.


Feb 25-In Sickness and in Wealth: How does the distribution of power, wealth and resources shape opportunities for health?

March 18-Becoming American: Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way?

April 15-Place Matters: Why is your street address such a strong predictor of your health?


5:30pm – Doors Open, Refreshments

6:00pm – Introduction by Facilitator

6:15pm – Begin Video, followed by discussion, finish by 8:00pm


Please RSVP by sending email to info@healthy-waltham.org so we have numbers for snacks and seating. Childcare will be available on a first come first served basis for children age 5 and up; if you need childcare, please call Francisca at 617-208-1562 to confirm space for your children.

This special event is sponsored by Listen and Learn, a Mount Auburn Hospital collaboration with Healthy Waltham, WATCH, Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, Power Program and Waltham Family School.  Funding from the BCBS Foundation of MA.

Waltham Day of Play a Success!

Over 250 people came out on a cold but sunny January day to the 2nd Annual Day of Play at the South Middle School on Moody Street.  This event brought together young and old to enjoy a variety of activities emphasizing healthy and playful lifestyles.  Special thanks to Hannaford Supermarkets which provided fresh fruit snacks, and also provided the yogurt and fruit used for the kids’ parfait-making at the Healthy Waltham table!

Check out a video of the event courtesy of Chris Wangler and the Waltham Community Access Channel (WCAC-TV):

The Waltham Day of Play was spearheaded by the Waltham Recreation Department.  Other participating organizations included:  City of Waltham, Waltham YMCA, Healthy Waltham, Waltham Partnership for Youth, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Waltham Children’s Hospital, Waltham Public Schools, Waltham Fields Community Farm, Waltham Land Trust, Greater Waltham ARC, Hannaford’s Supermarket.

In Praise of the Asian Pear

by Maria DiMaggio, Healthy Waltham Project Coordinator (and Waltham Public School parent)

This unassuming-looking piece of fruit has become a staple in my house and a lunchbox favorite.  Golden brown in color, it looks to be half pear, half apple.  We discovered it by accident during a day of apple-picking at Belkin Lookout Farm in Natick.  Turns out these folks also grow a lot of Asian pears.  Instead of apples, we came home with bags and bags of Asian pears.

Besides tasting pretty good (crunchy like an apple but sweet like a pear) there are several other things we like about them:

  • They keep for weeks in the fridge
  • They can be substituted for apples and pears in baked goods with excellent results
  • When peeled and cut, they don’t turn brown for hours

This last one, not turning brown, makes them great for sending in a lunchbox.  My kids prefer apples to be cut up rather than biting into a whole apple.  However, most apples turn brown quickly.  After several hours, cut up apples don’t look that appealing.  But Asian pears will generally keep their color for several hours at room temperature, and for 24 hours in the fridge (cut them up and store in a plastic container).

These fruits can be quite pricey in winter and summer.  But in the fall, locally-grown Asian pears can be found at the grocery store at a decent price.  More information on Asian pears can be found at Fruits & Veggies – More Matters