2003 – 2005:
- Healthy Waltham Leadership Group was convened in 2003 with the support of the Regional Center for Healthy Communities and funding from Mount Auburn Hospital.
- A Report to the Community: A Picture of Health and Quality of Life in Waltham was released at a Community-wide Forum in October, 2004
- Healthy Waltham leadership group granted a training scholarship to attend MassForum for Healthy Communities. This became the steering committee for Healthy Waltham.
- Healthy Waltham organized the first “Waltham Walks” event.
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.
- “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.
- 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.
- Healthy Waltham is granted 501c3 status in July 2013.
- Healthy Waltham is awarded grant from the MA Comprehensive Cancer Prevention & Control Program
- 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
- Launches “Fresh! Chef-to-School Program” with our traveling chef at all Waltham elementary schools
- 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