City Walks Map

We recently updated our popular City Walks Map. We feature the four most popular city routes in Waltham’s South Side. Walking is a great way to fit more exercise into your day in an accessible, no-cost way. Walking can help lower blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes risk, while it boosts muscle and heart strength and improves mood. Why not get outside walking today! The map was developed in conjunction with the Waltham Land Trust which also has many more routes through Waltham’s open spaces on its website here.

You can download our map in English or Spanish in a new convenient size:

Waltham City Walks Map (English)

Waltham Paseos de Ciudad (Spanish)

 

Green Pizza at Fitzgerald

Thanks to the hard work of a school community, including teachers, administrators, cafeteria staff, the PTO, and especially one determined parent, the Fitzgerald Elementary School has successfully created a new school garden! Parent Allison Smith and community volunteer Beth Ewy, both Master Gardeners, are leading school efforts to create lessons and garden-to-cafeteria experiences for their students. The Waltham School Nutrition Department has also embraced this effort, allowing school-grown produce to be served in the school cafeteria.

Healthy Waltham was pleased to have our recipes used in the school garden-to-cafeteria effort: Green Pizza and Light Ranch Dressing. Kudos to all involved. Check out the recipes below! You can also see a few photos here.

Green Pizza with Pesto

DOUGH

  • 1½ cup warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast (1 scant Tablespoon)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

PESTO

  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1 cup parsley, thick stems removed
  • 1 cup kale, washed and chopped

TOPPINGS

  • 1 cup kale, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 cup grated cheese (Mozzarella and/or Parmesan) or nutritional yeast

Directions:

  1. Combine yeast, sugar and warm water in a large bowl, stir to dissolve. Add oil.
  2. Mix in flours, then salt and knead on lightly floured board until elastic.
  3. Shape into a ball and store in oiled bowl, covered, in warm damp place for at least 1 hour until dough has almost doubled in size.
  4. Combine pesto ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Punch down dough and stretch or roll out to desired shape.
  6. Top with pesto, cheese and greens. Note: delicate greens like arugula may be added when pizza comes out of the oven instead.
  7. Bake pizza at 450°F until dough is brown, cheese is melted and greens are beginning to turn brown and crispy.

Light Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 scallion (green onion), chopped
  • 3 sprigs of dill
  • 3 sprigs of parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper
  • pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste; dilute with water if necessary to achieve desired consistency.
  2. Toss salad with dressing to coat and enjoy!

Fit in 5 Wellness Challenge

Spring is a great time to get healthy! Join us for Fit in 5, Healthy Waltham’s 5-week Wellness Challenge!

Program runs: May 15 June 18fitin5

What you’ll get:

  • emails with healthy tips and recipes
  • special offers from local businesses
  • chance to win prizes when you share a healthy activity you did
  • opportunity to be featured on our website or social media (optional)
  • support for your fitness goals
  • satisfaction of supporting your local community
  • chance to have some fun and get healthy this spring!

How to sign up:

Simply click on this link. Donation of $30 per person or $40 per family is requested. Are you a local business interested in becoming a sponsor or donating a prize for our participants? Contact Pam at fitin5@healthy-waltham.org.

Healthy Waltham is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Donation is requested but not required to participate. Thank you for your support of health and wellness in Waltham!

Healthy Foods in the Schools: Kale!

“I didn’t think I’d like it but I tried it and I did.”
“This is sooooo good. You should serve this in the schools.” [as a menu option]
“It looks like green barf, but I’m going to try it anyway.” [For the record, that kid liked it too]

Take six school cafeterias, one energetic guest chef, about 2,800 hungry elementary school children, and lots and lots of kale, and mix together. What do you get? Lots of tasting, laughter, and funny quotes like the above.

Healthy Waltham’s partnership with the Waltham Public Schools is building enthusiasm for new healthy foods in school cafeterias. Healthy Waltham’s Chef Reva is back for the “Fresh! Chef-to-School” program visiting all elementary schools with new recipes for kids to try. Students around Waltham are enjoying the latest culinary adventure: kale smoothies and kale-citrus salad!

Healthy Waltham plans to continue our Healthy Foods in Schools program (which includes the “Fresh! Chef-to-School” visits) in the 2016-2017 school year and expand it to include Waltham’s two middle schools. We would also like to expand our garden-to-table program that shows kids how vegetables and herbs grown in school gardens can be used in tasty dishes.

But to do this, we need your support! Please vote for us from now through May 27 in the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation’s Waltham Charitable Giving Program if you are a Waltham resident.

You can also support us by a donation or sponsorship! Click here to learn more. Thank you!

For more photos, check out our photo gallery and read more in the Waltham News Tribune article published earlier this year.

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Vote for Healthy Waltham

We need your vote! Healthy Waltham was recently selected by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation to participate in a grant opportunity for up to $10,000. The top five organizations selected by your vote will receive funding. Will you take a moment to show your support for healthy kids with a vote for Healthy Waltham?

Please click on the link below to vote NOW UNTIL MAY 27Note: you do not need to be a bank customer, but you do need to be a Waltham resident. You can vote once per device, so vote from your computer and phone!

Click HERE to vote

Please read this letter from Executive Director Pam Hess about the need we are addressing to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Dear Friends,

While other communities in Massachusetts have been able to slow, or even reduce, childhood obesity rates, Waltham’s rate has been rising, and remains at over 40% of school children overweight or obese. This weight epidemic puts Waltham youth at risk.

Obesity is the result of multiple factors that affect our community: limited access to affordable healthy foods, lack of knowledge and motivation to cook and eat healthier, time to exercise, or lack of community and environmental support that make healthy lifestyles more difficult. These are just some of the many issues that Healthy Waltham works to improve.

If awarded a grant, we will to use this funding to continue our work with the Waltham Public Schools, including our “Fresh! Chef-to-School Visits” with Chef Reva, and our garden-to-table programming that teaches kids about gardening and eating healthy fruits and vegetables. Working together, we hope to expand our efforts in Waltham to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all.

So please l take a moment to give us your vote between now and May 27. And help us even more by spreading the word to your friends.

Thank you very much for your support.

Sincerely,

Pam