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June 2013

In This Issue
Waltham Riverfest
Take a Walk
Biking in Waltham
Health Hero
From Farm to Feast
PTO Wellness Group
Jones Partnership Grant
Centennial Scholarship
WHS Health Fair

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A Wonderful Start to Summer  
We had a great time at the Waltham Riverfest on June 15! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Healthy Waltham table to say hello! Beautiful day, fun event, and it was great to be a part of it. Here are a few of the things that kept us busy this month... Thanks for reading, and be sure to check us out on Facebook too!
Venus Tran, from Brandeis University, and Judy Fallows at Riverfest 2013.

Take a Walk This Summer
Summer is a great time to get outside and be more active! Have you seen Healthy Waltham's City Walks map of some of our favorite urban walks around Waltham? This map was developed with the Waltham Land Trust a couple of years ago. Interested in walks in Waltham? Send us an email at WalthamWalks@healthy-waltham.org and we will keep you posted of any upcoming walking events!
Biking in Waltham
Biking is also a popular activity in Waltham, and more and more people are using bikes to commute. But how many people bike on an average day in Waltham? What about walkers, skate boarders, strollers - all forms of active transportation? Are their more bikers this year than last year? Healthy Waltham will conduct bike tallies in July. This involves recording the number of bikers on the roads at certain times. We would love to have volunteers help us, please send us an email if you can help to: WalthamWalks@healthy-waltham.org.

For more about biking in Waltham, be sure to check out the great article by Maia Rodriguez-Semp in the Waltham News Tribune. Maia is a Brandeis University intern working with the Waltham Recycling Department and Healthy Waltham. Great job, Maia! 
Nadene Stein Named "Health Hero"
Healthy Waltham's president, Nadene Stein, was recently named a "Health Hero" by Hannaford Supermarket. Hannaford honors members of the community who have volunteered time and/or acted as a role model. Nadene has been one of the strongest supporters of Healthy Waltham since our beginnings in 2003. As principal of the Northeast Elementary School, she is often among the first principals in Waltham to embrace healthy initiatives such as Walk to School programs, Vegetable of the Month, and school gardens. She has volunteered countless hours of her time working with Healthy Waltham. She is also the president of the Waltham Land Trust. Thanks, Nadene! You can read more in the Waltham News Tribune here or on the Hannaford website.
Waltham Connect: From Farm to Feast 
Where does our food come from and why is it important? Judy Fallows was a panelist recently along with Dan Roberts, Field Manager, Waltham Fields Community Farm, and Bob Perry, Owner, the Elephant Walk Waltham. They were brought together by "Waltham Connect," a program organized by First Parish Waltham. The community program sparked a lively discussion highlighting some of the ways we can be more connected to the food we eat, and some of the considerations and issues in current food practices.
PTO Wellness Group to Form
This fall, Healthy Waltham will organize a new group focused on sharing health and wellness ideas for Waltham kids: the PTO Wellness Committee. There are currently great things happening all over the city: BOKS Kids, School Gardens, Walk to School, Wellness Fairs, just to name a few! This group is being formed in response to a desire to share ideas and resources. Our goal is to have at least one representative from each elementary school PTO attend a series of approximately three meetings next school year. Please drop us a line at info@healthy-waltham.org if you would like to be included on emails about this group!
Jones Partnership Fund Grant
Healthy Waltham is pleased to announce that we were selected recently to receive a grant from the Jones Partnership Fund. The Jones Partnership awards grants to non-profit organizations which help to make Waltham a better community. Healthy Waltham plans to use these funds to provide gardening and nutrition programs this summer and next fall to youth living in low income housing in Waltham. Please see the Tribune article here.
Centennial Scholarship in Honor of Judy Fallows
We were thrilled to learn that Waltham High School Student Garrett Stanowitz was awarded a Waltham Centennial Scholarship in honor of Judy Fallows. The Centennial scholarships are given annually to Waltham students who are continuing their education. These scholarships are given in honor of individuals who have made a significant contribution to Waltham. Judy was recognized as a Centennial Scholarship honoree at a ceremony at the Paine Estate, Waltham, earlier this month. Congratulations Garrett and Judy!
High School Health Fair Article
Waltham High School health teacher Lauren DeViney and student Monique LeLievre '14 shared some thoughts about the Waltham High School Health Fair in May. Their article was featured in Healthy Waltham's column in the Waltham News Tribune a few weeks ago and can be found by clicking here.
View along Charles River in Waltham