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February-March 2013


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Healthy Waltham Featured in BrandeisNOW
More Brandeis News
Healthy Fundraisers
Meeting Invitation
Upcoming Events


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Healthy Waltham Featured in BrandeisNOW
Healthy Waltham was recently highlighted in BrandeisNOW, a publication of Brandeis University. Healthy Waltham has been working with Brandeis interns and volunteers since 2006. Students get real world experience and Healthy Waltham also benefits from the time and energy of the students. Students can work on a variety of projects that combine their interests in the environment, public health, community, and working with kids. There is also the opportunity to work directly in Healthy Waltham's learning gardens at schools and Waltham housing complexes. You can read "Students teach healthy habits to next generation - partnering with Healthy Waltham they grow gardeners" by clicking here. This is a great article! 
More Brandeis News
The Brandeis Veggie Buddies are back! This energetic group of veggie fans visited several more Waltham elementary school cafeterias this winter to spread the good word about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. The kids are always happy to see them! 
Kids participate in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, one of many examples of fundraisers that promote health.
Healthy Fundraising Ideas
What we might think of as "traditional" school fundraisers often involve sales of unhealthy foods such as candy bars, cookies, chips, brownies, etc. A school that continuously promotes selling and eating sweets may be sending contradictory messages. It's time to look at school fundraisers and make sure they are sending healthy messages to kids. But can fundraisers be both effective AND healthy? Yes, they can! This month's Waltham News Tribune column by Healthy Waltham intern Danielle Einhorn and Healthy Waltham Project Coordinator Maria DiMaggio talks about this issue and offers examples of healthy fundraising ideas. Read about it in the Tribune by clicking here. For a list of resources, check Healthy Waltham's website here.
Boys & Girls Club Program
Brandeis students also help out at Healthy Waltham's cooking program at the Boys & Girls Club on Friday afternoons. Interns Liza Ansher and Yifan Wang have been working with Healthy Waltham's Chef Leslie Glynn to teach kids about healthy snack options. On a recent Friday, kids made air-popped popcorn and mixed different healthy toppings to try. 
Invitation to CHNA 18 General Meeting
The West Suburban Community Health Network Area (CHNA) 18 invites you to its general meeting on March 20.
  • WHATCHNA 18 Meeting 
  • WHEN:  March 20, 2013  
  • TIME:  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (may end earlier) 
  • WHERE:  Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St.  
  • RSVP: jhanaw@gmail.com    

ON THE AGENDA 

  1. CHNA 18 RFP - Grants to Support Mental Health and Well-being, released March 2013
  2. Updated MassChip-Bruce Cohen from MDPH will discuss latest version of MassChip
  3. Guest Speaker Presentation: Avoiding Common Grant-Writing Pitfalls. Guest presenter Emily Bhargava, formerly of the Regional Center for Healthy Communities and currently of the Connections Lab, will discuss the more complicated parts of a grant application, as well as some of the most common mistakes applicants make. This presentation is great for new grant writers as well as those with more experience who need to "brush up."    

Refreshments will be served.  

More Upcoming Events!
April and May promise to be very busy months. It's never to early to mark your calendar for these upcoming events.
  • April 6 - Passport to Wellness @Children's Hospital Waltham 
  • April 10 - Waltham Food & Wine Festival
  • April 20 - Family Literacy Fair @Waltham Public Library 
  • 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 
Hundreds of people walked, jogged and ran down Moody St. at the Moody St. 5K race last year. Will you be among them this year?