In the Spotlight


By Meagan Smith, Heller MPP Candidate, class of 2017 This week’s interview was with Amanda Cleary, Health and Wellness Director of the Waltham YMCA. The Waltham YMCA serves many communities including Waltham, Lexington, Watertown, Belmont and Arlington. The YMCA promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. This branch features an outdoor pool that can […]

Fresh, Frozen and Beyond!

FFC beans

Healthy Waltham was delighted to be back at the Waltham Family School for another morning of nutrition education and cooking demonstrations! While we all know to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, shopping for produce can be difficult. Balancing taste, nutrition, cost, and convenience, among other things, can be quite a task. With that in […]

In the Spotlight

Mt. Auburn Healthy Eating Class

This week’s interview is with Denise McQuaide, the Vice President of Post-Acute Care at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge and President of CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice. As a masters prepared geriatric nurse practitioner, she is responsible for strategic planning for transitions of care and developing models to support wellness initiatives outside the hospital. […]

School Breakfast Rocks!

The Breakfast Club

Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, but it can also be the most fun! In honor of National School Breakfast Week March 6-10, Chef Reva prepared “fun-fetti” breakfast parfaits using lowfat yogurt, granola, whole grain waffles, fresh fruit, and just a touch of whipped cream and sprinkles for a special treat. […]

In the Spotlight


By Meagan Smith, Heller MPP Candidate, class of 2017 This week’s interview was with Avi Bernstein-Nahar, Director of BOLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Brandeis University. BOLLI is a vibrant year-round community of intellectually curious adults who enjoy exploring a wide ranging curriculum, including art, current events, drama, economics, film, history and government, language, literature, […]

In the Spotlight


By Meagan Smith, Heller MPP Candidate, class of 2017 This week’s interview was with Ruth Beckerman-Rodau, Chief Executive Officer of Springwell. Since 1976, Springwell has offered Waltham residents services that help residents remain independent with the highest quality of life possible. Springwell is passionate about helping seniors and individuals live at home, supporting family members […]

In the Spotlight

NWC Logo 2

By Meagan Smith, Heller MPP Candidate, class of 2017 This week we spoke with Martha Ryan, Director of Neighbors Who Care. NWC works to lessen isolation and loneliness of Waltham seniors. Why did your organization want to join in this initiative with Healthy Waltham to promote an age-friendly community? Simply put, Neighbors Who Care (NWC) […]

In the Spotlight

Sr Center

By Meagan Smith, Heller MPP Candidate, class of 2017 Waltham agencies are working together to make Waltham more age-friendly with our project “Waltham Connections for Healthy Aging,” sponsored by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Healthy Waltham has created a blog series entitled “Spotlight” to highlight the twelve organizations involved in the Waltham Connections program. We hope this […]

Learning about Health Education


We were very lucky to have Annie Fortnow interning with Healthy Waltham this semester! She has been a wonderful addition to our team and a great presence at numerous events and workshops. She shared some thoughts on her time with us. Thanks, Annie! ***************************************************** By Annie Fortnow, Brandeis ’17 Interning at Healthy Waltham this semester has […]

Button Battery Recycling Program


Help get toxic button cell batteries out of the waste stream. Healthy Waltham is participating in a new partnership with the Waltham Recycling Department. Button cell-type batteries, commonly found in hearing aids, watches, car keys, and other small electronics, often contain mercury or other harmful substances that can be released into the environment when the batteries are discarded […]