Healthy Kids Day!

By Danielle Einhorn

What is better than warm sunny weather, lots of kids, poofy vegetable costumes and playing with soil? On April 27th, we participated in Healthy Kids Day at the Waltham YMCA, where kids came to a fun and interactive event which taught them about nutrition, exercise, and their community. Kids ran around through obstacle courses, swam in the pool, had their faces painted, ate healthy snacks, and much more! In collaboration with Waltham Fields Community Farm, Healthy Waltham set up an outdoor booth with a display of sprouting seeds, a jar of lima beans to dissect, and a sunflower planting activity!

Kids learned that lima beans are seeds that we eat for protein and other nutrients! They have soft coats that can be peeled off carefully to reveal two cotyledons (halves), where the new plant grows from!


Kids view the seed display and plant their own sunflower seeds in handmade newspaper pots!


Indoors we had a fun vegetable drawing activity for young kids, as well as our sugary drink display, which continues to be a success! It was interesting to learn that vitamin water contains a lot of sugar! Best to stick to the basics- just plain old water!


Eat a rainbow!

 Yifan Wang

One of Healthy Waltham’s missions is to promote healthy eating among kids. As an intern in Healthy Waltham, this semester I focused on “Eat a rainbow” project. After several weeks researching, I gradually changed my own diet. I do not attempt to let “greens” dominate my vegetable plate, but try to get a colorful cart while going grocery. Most of those colorful fruit and vegetables are low in calories and fat, but rich in fiber, they are also a great source of vitamins and minerals. Fruit and vegetables also contain naturally-occurring plant chemicals called phytochemicals that have been found to protect us from a range of health problems including cancer, heart disease, and eye problems. And the easiest way to ensure a good mix of phytochemicals is to eat a rainbow!

To promote this “eat a rainbow” idea to more kids, we collaborated with Waltham Family School. We offered the kids some special homework: “draw our favorite vegetables or fruits”. And after two weeks, I collected many colorful drawings. I cut their drawings and categorize them according to different colors, and made a rainbow poster. This rainbow poster aimed to give kids some idea that we need to eat 5 colors of the rainbow everyday to obtain diverse vitamin and nutrition.

I joined Waltham Family School healthy potluck on April 20th, 2013. In a big classroom, every mom brought a home-made healthy dish, such as organic salad, whole wheat bread. Each person introduced their dish about the ingredients, where did they buy it, and how to cook it. Through this health fair, those mom students not only learned from each other’s healthy cooking skills, but also practiced oral communication skill in their second language English and introduced each other about their culture. I brought the rainbow poster I made from their kid’s lovely work, and taught them how important for both their kids and themselves to eat diverse vegetables and fruits.

The exciting news is that this poster will be exhibited in Waltham Public Library during May. Many kids contributed to accomplish this poster, it is totally their work, and I just put them together. And every time they walk into the library, they can see their own work exhibited to many visitors. And more importantly, their drawings also help more kids to develop a healthy eating habit. Let’s eat a rainbow everyday!

Waltham Walks at Stonehurst Oct. 14

Explore the forests, fields, rocks and hills of Stonehurst, the surrounding Storer Conservation Lands, and the new Western Greenway! Join us on October 14 at Stonehurst for an afternoon of healthy Halloween treat alternatives, mask making from fallen leaves, kids’ activities, guided tours, and more. Bring a lunch and blanket for a picnic on the grounds. All are welcome. FREE!

  • DATE:  Sunday, October 14, 2012
  • TIME:  Noon-4:00 pm
  • 100 Robert Treat Paine Drive off Beaver St.
  • 1:00 pm–Kids’ Walk led by Stonehurst
  • 2:00 pm–Western Greenway Walk, led by the Waltham Land Trust

Download and post our flyer by clicking here!  

Join Us For Farm Day 2012

Healthy Waltham and Waltham Fields Community Farm will team up again for Waltham Farm Day on Saturday, September 22 from 2-5 PM. Free and open to all! Please download and post our flyer! It is also available in Spanish. The farm is located at 240 Beaver St., Waltham. This annual event is a celebration of local farming and the annual Massachusetts Harvest for Students week. Activities for young and old include: cider-pressing, family-friendly farm projects, PYO carrots, recipe tasting, live music, and more! This event will be held rain or shine.

Make Yours a Soda-Free Summer

What’s the best beverage to keep you healthy and hydrated in summer?  Water!  Healthy Waltham intern Shanlai Shangguan wrote an article for us about the hidden sugar that can be found in sodas and sports drinks.  Kids today consume more sugar than ever, and it is known to have several negative health effects, and may contribute to obesity.  Shanlai, a Brandeis University undergraduate who hails from China, worked preparing healthy snacks with teens at the Boys and Girls Club and Waltham Recreation Department’s Chill Zone.  Shanlai shared several recipes for summer drinks that can be made with seltzer water and fruit or juice.  Read her article by clicking here.  You can also view it as a pdf document here.