Healthy Waltham Report to the Community

In 2004, a team of people came together to study and report on on the health of the city of Waltham.  The team used various data-gathering techniques, from one-on-one interviews to public forums and focus groups, to reviews of numbers and statistics.  A report was compiled that covers various health indicators including demographic and economic factors, as well as a detailed description of the strengths (and weaknesses) of our community.  Ultimately, this report established the need for a city-wide resource and collaborative on health-related issues, and formed the basis for the formation of “Healthy Waltham.”  The report, entitled “Healthy Waltham Report to the Community,” may be downloaded here: Report to the Community.

Northeast School Taste Test

Healthy Waltham and the Waltham Public Schools kicked off our test taste program at the Northeast Elementary School in September 2008.  On the menu:  roasted summer squash, served with tomatoes and fresh herbs.  The squash that was prepared in the Northeast cafeteria was locally grown – by Waltham’s last remaining farm, the Waltham Fields Community Farm on Beaver Street.  Healthy Waltham passed out samples for kids to try; tasting is optional, but encouraged.  The goal of the taste tests is to promote new vegetable dishes in a fun way.  The event coincided with the MA Harvest for Students Week, a week celebrating locally grown produce.

The event was covered by WCVB TV Channel 5 as well as the Daily News Tribune.