Waltham received a Mass in Motion grant which will be implemented by Healthy Waltham. Healthy Waltham aims to mobilize the people of Waltham to address their community’s challenges and build on their strengths, to improve individual health status and well-being, and to create a healthier, more just, sustainable, and prosperous community. Healthy Waltham also manages eight learning gardens, several nutritional programs, and has just released a Waltham City Walks map.
Healthy Waltham (community organization, also on Facebook and Twitter)
Health Waltham Timeline (PDF)
Waltham Health Department
Restaurants are a vital part of many communities’ economic bases and draw visitors from around the Metro Boston region. Local restaurants rather than chain establishments dominate the market in these municipalities. Partnering with local restaurants to offer healthier options in a healthy dining program will improve nutrition for residents and visitors. By September 29, 2014, Waltham aims to increase the number of full service restaurants that offer and promote healthier dining options (including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lower sodium/no salt added meals, smaller portions) through an established healthy dining program. This strategy will improve residents’ access to healthy, affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, increasing the number of people who consume the recommended amount of produce each day.
Waltham has one healthy dining establishment.
The Chateau (Waltham)
The goal of this initiative is to improve nutritional quality of foods and beverages served or available in schools consistent with the Massachusetts School Nutrition Standards based on the Institute of Medicine’s Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools. By September 29, 2016, Waltham will increase the number of school districts that have implemented nutritional guidelines that exceed the basic MDPH guidelines. This strategy will improve nutrition for the children enrolled in the Waltham school districts. The revised guidelines should have more stringent standards and/or expanded hours and settings covered by guidelines.
Farmers markets that are located in convenient areas and that feature culturally appropriate options can promote better nutrition for lower income and urban residents in these communities. The goal of this initiative is to reduce barriers to access and increase utilization of farmer’s markets for low income residents. The goal of this initiative, by September 29, 2014, is to increase the number of purchases by participants of SNAP and Massachusetts Farmers Market Coupons at farmer’s markets within Waltham. This strategy will improve residents’ access to healthy, affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, increasing the number of people who consume the recommended amount of produce each day.
Establishing community design standards or “complete streets” can make streets safe for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists and users of public transit. The goal of this initiative, by September 29, 2014, is to develop “Complete Streets” guidelines. This strategy will improve the health of all residents in these municipalities (273,000), with a particular benefit to carless residents (30,400), who are disproportionately low income.
Waltham held a Complete Streets Workshop on April 10, 2013.
Safe routes to School programs promote healthy alternative ways for children to get to and from school. Implementation of a safe routes to school program provides more opportunities for children to walk and cycle more to improve their physical health. The goal of this initiative, by September 29, 2014, is to increase the number of schools in Waltham with an active safe routes to school program. Waltham currently has three active Safe Routes to School programs and looks to expand this to five more elementary schools.