Getting to Know Live Well Watertown

Watertown is a city that sure makes it easy to live healthy, whether through our many great fitness centers, easy access to bike paths and bike sharing, waterfront exercise options, or array of healthy local food sources. Add to that list the great folks at Live Well Watertown - an organization dedicated to promoting wellness to all who live, work, and play in our great city. Begun as a collaboration between town departments and residents back in 2012, LWW has broadened into an organization dedicated to fostering collaboration among like-minded groups, influencing policy, and developing programming that promotes health and wellness.

LWW’s advocacy and education efforts are popping up all over Watertown – here’s an overview of the programs and initiatives they’re involved with and supporting:

  • Watertown Farmers Market – The market opens for the 2018 season on June 7, and is better than ever! Parking is easier than ever before, just steps away at the Athena garage. And your 2017 survey requests for expanded hours have been granted, with the WFM now open from 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM each Thursday! Look for familiar faves like Farm School and Spring Brook Farm for produce, along with Chrissy’s Crumble and Halvah Heaven for specialty treats. Plus there will be lots of new folks joining, including an ice cream purveyor they’ve never had before (yessss) – check the WFM website often for updates!

              

  • Eat Well Watertown – LWW’s longest-running initiative, Eat Well Watertown offers classes and programming designed to teach people how to find fresh, local ingredients, as well as how to prepare a variety of healthy dishes from all over the world. Classes also delve into the nutritional value behind each dish, offering helpful tips like info on how to grow your own herbs indoors. The 2018 series will feature a variety of ethnic, versatile dishes and theme-based classes to support a healthier lifestyle – check the website for schedule and sign-ups!

  • Watertown Moves – We’ve all heard the expression “sitting is the new smoking” – Watertown Moves is all about getting us up, out, and moving! Their active living programs including Watertown Walks [http://livewellwatertown.org/watertown-walks-spring-series-challenge/] (which just had its kick-off day April 11th), cycling programs, community snowshoeing and kayaking, as well as specialty guided walking tours. Stay tuned to their webpage for ongoing updates on their spring walking programs, as well as their upcoming Walking Challenge!              

  • Stress Well – Research tells us that our attitude about stress and how we manage it can have a significant impact on our overall health and wellbeing. Stress Well programming is aimed at helping us build resilience to stress and lessen its negative impact. LWW’s upcoming class “Increase Resilience with Mindfulness” covers this topic over 4 free sessions at the Watertown Free Public Library, Wednesdays in May from 4:00-5:00 PM! You can find more info and registration details on the WFPL website.