Giving Tuesday

When you donate to Healthy Waltham, you are supporting your local community, friends and neighbors! We need your support to continue to improve the health and well-being of Waltham residents who may struggle to put healthy food on the table or get regular exercise. Please read this letter from our Board President, Nadene Stein, about Giving Tuesday and supporting Healthy Waltham. To donate online, please click on the green “donate now” button. For other ways to give, please click here. Thank you for your support, we couldn’t do it without you! Healthy Waltham is a registered 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible.

A letter from our Board President, Nadene Stein:

Dear Friend,

Have you heard about Giving Tuesday? It was created to give focus to the spirit of giving and the people who need our help. Waltham is truly a special community that I am proud to call home and the place where I have dedicated my career. Our community is a vibrant place to live, work, learn and play.

As we continue through the holiday season, I hope you will consider a donation, of any amount, to a cause that is important to you. One cause that is important to me is Healthy Waltham, where I am Board President.

I have been involved with Healthy Waltham since its inception over 10 years ago. I have seen the good work that this small organization has done to encourage healthy habits–eating nutritious foods and getting regular exercise. This is of course hard for all of us, and can be especially hard for people of limited incomes. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a national concern and perhaps one of the toughest health challenges we have faced in the past 30 years. More information continues to come out about the role of diet and exercise in preventing diseases.

More than ever, we need your commitment to continue and expand the efforts of Healthy Waltham in reaching all Waltham residents, but especially those of limited means. We have had a busy year and are ready to expand our work in 2016 with a new Executive Director and renewed commitments from several sponsors. Now, we need your support too.

Please join me today, Giving Tuesday, or any day, with your gift to Healthy Waltham, to ensure that health and wellness efforts will continue in Waltham. Please see the bottom of this email for how to give.

Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday season and new year!


Nadene B. Stein, PhD

President, Healthy Waltham Board of Directors

P.S. Please say “Hello” to Pam Hess, Healthy Waltham’s new Executive Director! She can be reached at or via phone at 781-891-4700. Check out Healthy Waltham’s website,, to learn more about the organization.

Early Fall Healthy Meal

741 The smell of apples and cinnamon always makes us think of fall. We had a wonderful cooking workshop with the folks of the Greater Waltham Arc (GWArc)*.

Chef Reva created an early fall meal of turkey and white bean chili, zucchini and corn muffins, followed by an apple crisp for dessert.  Workshop participants enjoyed lots of chopping and mixing in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Then they enjoyed a healthy and nourishing meal together. To make this meal yourself, please see our recipes, posted here:

White Bean and Chicken (or Turkey) Chili

Zucchini Corn Muffins

Apple Crisp

*GWArc’s mission is to serve children, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the community, utilizing a person-centered planning approach. See GWArc’s website for more information.





Summer Slaw

Try this healthy slaw that uses a mix of fresh collards, cabbage and carrot! 

serves 6-8


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  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or 1 more teaspoon paprika + ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste


  • 1 small bunch of collard greens, leaves and stems separated
  • ½ head of green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and grated


Combine dressing ingredients in a jar or container with tight-fitting lid. Shake until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Slice collard leaves into thin ribbons and stems as thinly as possible. Combine with cabbage and carrots. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Refrigerate about 1 hour until collards soften.


1 cup per serving, 1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 105 Fat (g) 7, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 0, Carbohydrates (g) 9, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Total Sugars (g) 2, Protein (g) 2, Sodium (mg) 175

Raspberry Lime Sparkler

We’re enjoying the last few days of summer! On these hot days, it can be tempting to reach for a soft drink or other sugary beverage, but the empty calories and excess sugar can lead to poor nutrition and unwanted weight gain. Choose water for the healthiest hydration with no added calories. It’s time to rethink your drink! For a treat, mix 100% real juice of your choice with seltzer for a lower-calorie, healthy alternative. Try this refreshing raspberry sparkler with lime.

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  • 1.5 cups 100% juice, raspberry blend
  • 2.5 cups sparkling water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
  • 1 bunch of mint


  1. Combine fruit juice, lime juice and sparkling water. Stir to combine.
  2. Divide evenly between four glasses and garnish with lime wedges and mint.
  3. Serve over ice with a fun straw.



1 cup per serving, 1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 51, Fat (g) 0, Saturated Fat (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 0, Carbohydrates (g) 13, Dietary Fiber (g) 0, Total Sugars (g) 10, Protein (g) 0, Sodium (mg) 6

Garden Poems

garden poetryGardening can be inspirational, and these young poets agree! This summer, Healthy Waltham held gardening clubs at Chesterbrook, Dana Court, and Prospect Hill Terrace housing communities. One warm day, students from our summer garden club at Chesterbrook took a break from gardening to write poems inspired by nature, vegetables and flowers. Thanks to all who helped out or attended the summer gardening clubs this year, especially our summer interns Liz and Soumya, and a special thank you to our Board President, Dr. Nadene Stein, for leading the club at Chesterbrook and for leading the kids in writing poems about gardening. See some photos from the gardening clubs here.

Enjoy the poetry from our gardening poets!


Water by D.F.
Water feels like air
You never should waste water
It is cold and hot

Nature by S.O.
Beautiful garden.
Marigold. Sunflower. Rose
Water. Sun. Fruits. Grow.

The Garden by I.S.
Beautiful garden.
Is sweet, fun to grow and watch.
Water, add sun, weed.

Raspberries by A.E.
Raspberries are red,
Sometimes taste sour or sweet.
Big, green thorny bush

Beautiful Garden by M.O.
Water, sun, life, grass
Green flower, hairy leaf, great!
Good flower garden.

Garden by S.E.
Beautiful garden.
A vegetable life cycle.
Compost. Brown dead leaves.


Sunflower by S.E.
Yellow Sunflower.
The sunflower grows.
It is a delicious snack.

Squash by Adam
Yellow. Orange.
Mom cooks squash.
I eat with couscous.

Garden by I.S.
Plants grow.
My garden grows
I eat fresh veggies

Sunflower by M.O.
Hairy leaves.
Grow over night.
Happy. Excited. Glad. Proud.