Our History

2003 – 2005:

2006 – 2007:

  • Healthy Waltham awarded MassForum for Healthy Communities Implementation grant for $10,000 and hired Judy Fallows as Project Coordinator
  • Awarded a three year Wellness Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to promote wellness in the Waltham Public Schools by promoting increased fresh fruit and vegetable consumption while encouraging a more physically active lifestyle

2008-10:

  • “Vegetable of the Month” program rolled out to all Waltham public schools
  • Participated in first annual MA Harvest for Students farm-to-school celebration with Waltham Fields Community Farm. This has become an annual event, “Waltham Farm Day”
  • Expanded learning garden programs, added Project Coordinator and Garden Facilitator part time positions.
  • Began to work with Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JF&CS) and WFCF on the “Waltham Nutrition and Food Access” project.
  • Added first Chef Instructor position.

2011-12:

  • Waltham City Council passed a resolution declaring Waltham a “Let’s Move” city, working with Waltham’s city council, Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, and coordinated by Healthy Waltham
  • Began monthly column in local paper; launched monthly e-newsletter and new logo
  • Healthy Waltham was awarded the Mass in Motion grant for Waltham in collaboration with the Waltham Health Department
  • Healthy Waltham incorporates in October 2012

2013:

  • Healthy Waltham is granted 501c3 status in July 2013.
  • Healthy Waltham is awarded grant from the MA Comprehensive Cancer Prevention & Control Program to provide education on link between poor diet and some cancers

2014-2015

  • Healthy Waltham celebrates 10th anniversary
  • Hires first bilingual (Spanish) Chef Instructor
  • Conducts first Photo Voice Project with local teens
  • Holds first Healthy Food Access Forum at Waltham Public Library
  • Introduces Healthy Kids Summer program at McDevitt Middle School to teach kids about gardening and healthy eating/cooking.
  • Conducts regular healthy food demonstrations at Waltham Farmers’ Market and Outreach Market
  • Healthy Waltham surpasses 500 followers on twitter.
  • Hires Pam Hess as Executive Director

2016

  • Launches “Fresh! Chef-to-School Program” with our traveling chef at all Waltham elementary schools
  • Conducts over 80 healthy eating classes, workshops, and demonstrations
  • Launches Wellness Collaborative with support from Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Receives capacity-building grant from Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Conducts our first-ever Wellness Challenge for the Waltham community: Fit in 5
  • Surpasses 1,000 Twitter followers

2017-Present

  • Receives Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grant to launch “Waltham Connections for Healthy Aging”
  • Hires Stacey Tully as Executive Director
  • Launches “Watch City Market” pantry program for 500 needy families
  • Hires first Nutrition Educator
  • Launches “Fearless Foodie” program in the Waltham Public Schools