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October 2013


In This Issue
Healthy Waltham Celebrates 10th Anniversay
Walk on Nov. 3
Outdoors RX
Join us Nov. 15 for Interagency Council Presentation
Farm Day a Huge Success
PTO Wellness Committee


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Healthy Waltham Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Healthy Waltham was formed ten years ago after a community health assessment identified the need for the community to come together to look at ways to improve health in the City of Waltham. Now, a decade later, our work has evolved and grown. We recently became a 501c3 non-profit corporation, branching off from our long time sponsor, the Waltham Partnership for Youth. We're still a small organization and we need your help more than ever to continue our work for the next ten years. We will be sending our first ever Annual Appeal letter soon and hope you will consider supporting our work with a tax-deductible donation. Thank you!
Dancing vegetables from Brandeis University helped us celebrate Food Day at Hannaford Supermarket on Oct. 24. Healthy Waltham's Chef Leslie Glynn served up a healthy chicken and broccoli stir-fry for the event. We have a lot of ideas for next year!
Come Walk with us on November 3!
Join us on an autumn stroll around the beautiful grounds around Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate, and the Western Greenway. Co-sponsored by the Waltham Land Trust, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Friends of Stonehurst, the event is 1:00-3:00 PM on Sunday, November 3. After a walk around the grounds, the group will divide in two with those wishing to stay closer to the mansion continuing on and others heading over to the Western Greenway trail. A great event for people of all ages! And it's free and will be held rain or shine except in the event of very severe weather. Help us spread the word, our poster can be found here.
Outdoors RX is Launched in Waltham 

It's been proven! Spending time outdoors is good for your health. And now there is a new program in Waltham: Outdoors RX, a program of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Local doctors are actually starting to write their patients "prescriptions" to spend more time outside! The Appalachian Mountain Club is leading regular, family-oriented walks around Waltham several times per month, which are free and open to all. Our own Waltham Land Trust also leads regular walks around Waltham. With so many walks scheduled, there is no better time to discover walking in Waltham. 

 

The Appalachian Mountain Club and Outdoors RX were recently featured in Healthy Waltham's column in the Waltham News Tribune; the article can be found here

Next Waltham Interagency Council Presentation is Nov. 15
You're invited! The Waltham Interagency Council will present "Healthy Lifestyle Choices - How are these related to cancer prevention?" Join us!

DATE:  Friday, November 15
TIME:  9:00 AM-Refreshments, 9:30-11:00 AM-Presentation
PLACE:  Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St., Lecture Hall
SPEAKERS:  Judy Fallows, Executive Director of Healthy Waltham;
Kaveri Roy, a practicing RN with experience in hospice, adult, and emergency room nursing. 
 
The Waltham Interagency Council is an informal association of Waltham non-profits and service agencies who want to network, learn from each other, and occasionally collaborate for the benefit of the Waltham community. Membership is free!  Please contact walthampp@yahoo.com to become a member and visit the website at www.walthaminteragencycouncil.org. 
Farm Day Draws 500 People 
Waltham Farm Day, the annual celebration of locally grown food and farming, was held on October 5, drawing our largest crowd to date! Healthy Waltham is a co-organizer of this event at the Waltham Fields Community Farm, 240 Beaver St. Attendees enjoyed crafts and games for kids, sampling healthy foods, strolling on the farm, visiting with Zoomer, the fainting goat, live music and more. Thanks for making this one of Waltham's most anticipated annual events! Check out our photo gallery on the Waltham News Tribune here.
PTO Wellness Committee Formed
Walking Wednesdays, BOKS exercise program, School Gardens, Nutrition Information...there is clearly an "appetite" in Waltham for programs that improve kids' health! Recently Healthy Waltham formed a PTO Wellness Committee to encourage elementary school communities to share information about programs they are doing at their individual schools. About 30 people attended. The first meeting revolved around some of the opportunities for kids to get more exercise, in-school or out. If you are an elementary school parent/guardian or school principal/teacher/nurse and would like to learn more, please send an email to info@healthy-waltham.org.