Pickleball for Health Benefits

New research confirms that fast-growing sport improves fitness and lowers risk of depression by Christina Ianzito, AARP, July 6, 2018 Many pickleball players are older, partly because the game offers aerobic exercise without much risk of injury. Playing pickleball, one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., may ward off depression as well as improve fitness, according to two new… Read More

Friends of the Fells announces All Day Youth Programs in the Woods

  MELROSE, MASSACHUSETTS – This summer, children will now have the opportunity to play and learn all day at their own pace in unique local nature programs at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Middlesex Fells Reservation.   By popular demand, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation announces full-day (9 am – 4… Read More

Top 5 Ways to Exercise During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with friends and family while eating some delicious food. Unfortunately, physical activity and healthy eating are placed pretty far down the list of priorities. Here are a few simple ways you can incorporate exercise into the Thanksgiving Holiday while still spending time with those you care about. 1. Plan… Read More

Summer Cookouts with a Twist

Memorial Day weekend has passed but summer cookout season has officially started!   What better way to celebrate the sunny, warm weather than a festive cookout with family and friends? You may be thinking, “Great, there goes my diet” – but a few smart menu choices can go a long way this summer!   Get… Read More

Go Screen Free

May 1-7, 2017 is Screen-Free week, when children, families—whole schools and communities—will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, daydreaming, creating, exploring and connecting with family and friends.  (http://www.screenfree.org/) The reality is that we all are spending way too much time… Read More

Complete Streets Resources

Complete Streets Brochure for Melrose Learn more: Boston Complete Streets: http://bostoncompletestreets.org/ Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/guidance/design.cfm Complete Streets Portal: https://www.masscompletestreets.com MAPC Local Access Portal: http://localaccess.mapc.org Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the U.S.: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/downloads/community_strategies_guide.pdf 

Complete Streets in Melrose

Communities with Complete Streets are more walkable and bikeable, where all people feel safe and welcome. They have more vibrant business districts and healthier residents. The City of Melrose Engineering Division, Health Department and Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee put together the following brochure on Complete Streets: CSBrochure-9-28-16. See you out there!