Healthy Wellesley is a health and wellness initiative funded by a grant (to the towns of Needham and Wellesley) from the West Suburban Health Network Area 18 (CHNA 18), to promote health and wellness in our communities. Healthy Wellesley recently concluded its third and final year of grant funded health related activities for residents across the age spectrum.
In 2010 from the Cooking for One or Two classes; Finding Time for Fitness, Food and Fun…for Busy Parents on the Run; Staying Sane – Maintaining a Healthy Brain, and Yoga for Planes, Trains, Automobiles…and Oh Yes – Office Chairs workshops, to the Tots and Tails on Trails walk followed by a very popular dog contest (seen below), the community participated in health related activities for the young and young at heart!
The Healthy Wellesley Committee is grateful to our partners Maura Renzella (who was co-coordinator) from the Wellesley Youth Commission; Mary Suresh, Deadra Doku Gardner, and Loretta Jaksic from the Wellesley Health Department; Elise Maclennan and colleagues at the Wellesley Free Library; Gayle Thieme, Laura Veligor and Kait Haas from the Wellesley Council on Aging; Sue Webb, Wellesley Animal Control Officer and Stray Pets in Need Director, and Janet Bowser, Natural Resources Commission, for their help in planning, promoting and hosting Healthy Wellesley events.
I would like to acknowledge and thank our wonderful presenters Leslie Worris, Julie Freeman, Christine Schremp and Sue Schochet. Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the following businesses for their generous donations: Beacon Hill Athletic Club, Boston Sports Club, Fitness Club for Women, Longfellow Sports Club, Panera Bread, Roche Bros and Whole Foods.
Although the grant funded initiative has ended, Wellesley town and community partners will continue to promote healthy living all year long.
Healthy Wellesley Coordinator
Wellesley Health Department