Through a Wellness Grant made possible with funding by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Healthy Bedford launched our Healthy Bedford Healthier Dining Program in 2012. Local Restaurants have the opportunity to partner with us to give diners more menu choices to support healthier dining. Residents have more options and healthier choices!
As a condition of participation, restaurants adhere to the following practices:
- Offer at least two choices of fruits and/or vegetables (other than potatoes)
- Allow substitution of salad, vegetable or fruit for fried potatoes (e.g. French fries) at no extra cost
- Clearly designate low-fat, low-calorie, lower sodium and trans fat free menu items when offered
- Offer reduced fat milk when milk is offered as a beverage
- Offer tap water free of charge and/or as the default beverage
- Offer some dishes in smaller portion size (e.g., half portion sizes) for a reduced price, entrée sharing at no additional cost, OR offers a half-meal to go option upon customer request
Program Brochure for Establishments
Program brochure for Diners
Cooking in small quarters or with limited appliances? Jewish Family & Children’s Service has published a cookbook Home Cooking without a Kitchen, which was developed in partnership with Project Bread. The cookbook provides 21 tasty and nutritious recipes that follow nutrition criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. All of the recipes are budget-friendly, simple to prepare and can be made without a full kitchen. This cookbook is also a resource for cooking almost any fresh food in a microwave and provides new ways to use ordinary ingredients. It is available in English and Spanish.
Over the past 15 years, research has shown what parents have known for a long time: Sharing a fun family meal is good for the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family meals with the kinds of behaviors that parents want for their children: higher grade-point averages, resilience and self-esteem. Additionally, family meals are linked to lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders and depression. This site from the Family Dinner Project, advocates the power of family dinners to nourish ethical thinking, offers ideas on how to involve your family in menus, meal planning, and how to make family meals a bonding, nourishing experience.
Need Help accessing food or resources to help with food costs?
While some people have trouble finding enough money to buy food, others need help preparing meals. There are a variety of groups that provide services including Meals on Wheels Association of America and National Council on Aging
Local Farmer's Markets:
- Acton-Boxborough – Sundays 10-1, June10-October 21 Held on Pearl Street in West Acton Village
- Billerica – Mondays 3-7, June 25-Oct 1 Held at Council on Aging, 25 Concord Road
- Burlington – Thursdays 3:30-6:30 Held at Grand View Farm, 55 Center Street
- Carlisle – Saturdays 8-12, 6/23 – 10/20 Held at Kimball’s Ice Cream, 343 Bedford Road (Route 225)
- Chelmsford – Saturdays 10-2, 6/16 – 9/15 Held on Town Common, 7 Academy Street
- Lexington – Tuesdays 2-6:30, 5/29-10/30 Held in Lexington Center where Mass Ave meets Fletcher Ave
- Lowell – Sundays 11-3, year-round Held indoors at Mill #5, 250 Jackson Street
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