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March 2014

In This Issue
Spring Events
PTO Wellness Committee
Healthy Transportation Forums
Take a Walk!
Healthy Kids Day
Save the Dates

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Spring Events are Coming! 

Spring is a busy time with many events and health fairs! We love to talk to folks in the community and help kids learn about healthy habits like eating lots of fruits and vegetables and getting outside and being active! We had a great time at the Plympton Family Wellness Night. We talked to kids about the food groups and "My Plate", handed out apples and bananas courtesy of Hannaford, and danced the Macarena in vegetable costumes! More photos are on Facebook!

Our interns from Brandeis University, Jae and Clay, talk to kids about eating fruits and vegetables at the Plympton Family Wellness Night.
PTO Wellness Committee Meeting
This past fall, Healthy Waltham launched the PTO Wellness Committee for Waltham elementary school PTOs. Our first meeting brought together members of the school community for a presentation on some of the ways parents and teachers are keeping kids active, as well as some other opportunities for Waltham families.
Stanley School's Mrs. Larsson and two of her students.
Our next meeting will focus on school gardens - what are they, how can they be used, and how would a school go about starting one. We will also talk about the future of the Wellness Group: where should we go from here?
Wednesday, April 2
7-8:30 PM
LOCATION: Stanley Elementary School Library
250 South St. 
TOPIC: School Gardens
If you are a member of an elementary school community in Waltham we hope you will join us! If you would like more information, please contact us at info@healthy-waltham.org. 
For a preview of our conversation, check out this great video about the Stanley school garden!
Healthy Transportation Working Forums 
Interested in healthy transportation such as walking, biking and pubic transit? The Waltham Planning Department will host three public and working forums this spring focused on advancing healthy transportation in Waltham. These meetings are open to the public. Join the discussion about heathy transportation in Waltham!


April 3     Participation in Bay State Bike Week (May 10-18)
May 1     Consideration of a Complete Street Policy
June 5    Consideration of a Healthy Transportation Advisory Group 
Each of these forums will be held:
6:30-8:00 PM at the Government Center Auditorium, 
119 School St., Waltham, MA 02451.
Each forum will be facilitated and an interactive 1 1/2 hour focused on generating takeaways for the evening's scheduled topic. To learn more, please see the City of Waltham Website.
Take a Walk!         

Check out these great hikes in Waltham brought to you by our friends at the Appalachian Mountain Club and Outdoors RxOutdoors Rx connects families to local parks and green spaces by providing free, public, family-oriented outdoor programs. The goal is for doctors to be able to "prescribe" activity by referring their patients and families to these programs, but the events are free and open to everyone!


March 29, 10:00 AM-Family Forest Hike at Prospect Hill Park. Meet at the playground near Totten Pond entrance.

March 30, 11:00 AM-Family Hike at Cedar Hill in Waltham. Meet at Girl Scouts Cedar Hill Camp.

March 30, 2:00 PM-Family Hike to Shady's Pond. Meet on eastern edge of Our Lady's parking lot to the left of the Our Lady's Church on Trapelo Rd. 


For more information, please see OutdoorsRX.org or email AmcOutdoorsRX@outdoors.org or contact Susan, sbrown@outdoors.org.

Healthy Kids Day  
Healthy Waltham will again be participating in Healthy Kids Day at the Waltham YMCA! This event is on:

Saturday, April 26

Noon-3 PM

725 Lexington St.


Come for an afternoon of active fun, healthy snacks, crafts, bounce house and more. And it's free! Stop by Healthy Waltham's table!
Save the Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events! 

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