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January 2013

In This Issue
GWArc Cooking Class
Introducing our New Interns
Walk to School
Nutrition Classes
Looking Ahead

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Happy 2013 
There's snow covering the gardens, but the quiet belies a flurry of activity at Healthy Waltham this winter. We are now officially incorporated and working through the process of becoming a new non-profit! But with the same mission as before, same team, same partners, and same projects, you'll hardly see a difference. We are delighted to welcome some wonderful new interns and work partners. And finally, 2013 marks our 10th anniversary year! It feels great to reach this milestone. We plan to honor this occasion in the fall and will keep you posted!
GWArc Cooking Class Teaches Skills for Life
Healthy eating is important for all. Greater Waltham Arc (GWArc) and Chef Instructor Leslie Glynn recently teamed up to offer a cooking class to members of the GWArc day program and evening recreation program. The classes teach important life skills, such as making good food choices, understanding portion size, trying new foods, and cooking skills. And, they're fun! Titled "Cooking around the World," Leslie and her class prepared dinners inspired by places such as Mexico and Italy. The GWArc cooking classes are funded by a grant from Community Health Network Area (CHNA) 17. To learn more, please see our recent article in the Waltham News Tribune by guest columnist Roslynn Rubin, CEO of GWArc.
Introducing Our New Interns
We are delighted to welcome Brianna Lieberman to Healthy Waltham. Brianna
Obioma Obikeze and Brianna Lieberman are working with Healthy Waltham this winter
is a candidate for a Masters of Science degree in Health Communications from Tufts University School of Medicine. Brianna will be working with the Waltham Public School Food Service department to understand barriers to eating healthier at the high school level. She will be developing communications to help raise awareness of the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. We are thrilled that she chose Healthy Waltham for her final project this spring and look forward to her support in this area.

We are also pleased to introduce Obioma Obikeze. A graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Obioma is pursuing a Masters of Science degree in International Health Policy and Management from the Heller School of Brandeis University. Obioma has experience in health policy, public health management, and analysis. His interests include using health as a tool for achieving social justice and poverty reduction. He provides a welcome perspective on our work. 
Northeast Elementary Winter Walk

Winter does not stop the walkers at Northeast Elementary School. In the winter months, the school celebrates a once-a-month walk to school day, before resuming weekly walk to school days in the spring. Walking is a simple activity that can make a big difference to your health. Did you walk today?
Middle School Nutrition Classes
Healthy Waltham's Chef Instructor Leslie Glynn has been busy this winter with after school cooking classes at both Kennedy and McDevitt middle schools. The classes are funded through a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant which awards money to schools and community organizations to implement physical fitness and nutrition programs. Middle school students at both schools have enjoyed the after school classes which will go through the spring.
Looking Ahead...to Spring
It's never to early to mark your calendar for these upcoming events. We'll let you know more when we get a little closer.
  • April 10 - Waltham Food & Wine Festival
  • April 27 - YMCA Healthy Kids Day
  • May 1 - Mass. Walk & Bike to School Day
  • May 5 - Moody St. 5K
  • May 11-19 - Mass. Walk and Bike Week