“Join me on this mission and take a pledge to yourself and to your community to make St. Pete one of the healthiest cities in America!”
– Deputy Mayor and City Administrator Dr. Kanika Tomalin
The ‘PLACES Local Places for Better Health’ dashboard, created in partnership Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows that approximately 24% of adults in St. Petersburg report being physically inactive in the past 30 days and 34.9% report having high blood pressure. In some areas of the city as much as 51.4% of adults report having high blood pressure. These indicators along with other health risks put our residents and future generations at greater risk for developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Chronic diseases are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. Health problems, such as these, affect our community’s quality of life, our productivity and, ultimately, our length of life.
A healthier St. Petersburg should be a vital priority for businesses, families, and community leaders.
Health conditions and health outcomes can change by working together. That is why in our role as servant leaders we will bring important partners to the table to advance health in this city. Through Healthy St. Pete, we will implement institutional change, build community capacity through education and partnership, and implement innovative projects to advance St. Petersburg’s health and well-being.
Each year, Healthy St. Pete serves the community and engages with more than 18,000 City of St. Petersburg residents. In 2020, Healthy St. Pete partnered with more than 32 community events and 63 organizations. The Healthy Kids Program taught 75 evidence-based health and wellness lessons in 20 locations across the city, created and implemented a 10-week virtual curriculum and engaged 3,275 children. The Get Fit St. Pete Program partnered with local fitness trainers who volunteered to teach free group fitness classes in City parks, engaged 536 participants and introduced the new Neighborhood Wellness Champion Program. The Health360 Program partnered with various community organizations to offer evidenced-based health and wellness classes focused on chronic disease prevention and launched a health series focused on senior fitness.
Summer BreakSpot at Dell Holmes Park provided 1,567 free meals ensuring that families who need it most have a chance to eat healthy. Additionally, the Parks and Recreation Department offers Summer Break Spot location at 18 other location across the city. Click here to learn more.
The Fresh Rec Stop Program finished the fiscal year selling a total of 3,581 pieces of produce at six locations and received an award to launch five new Fresh Rec Stop locations at City facilities throughout St. Pete in 2021.
Health in All Policies engaged in 28 multi-sectoral collaborative partnerships to institutionalize a health focused approach in the transportation and parking, economic and workforce development, sustainability and resiliency, planning and development services and parks and recreation departments. Healthy St. Pete’s social media and outreach expanded participants in the Facebook group and a refresh of the Healthy St. Pete website took place. The Healthier Together Initiative launched, offering three community connection workshops that engaged 224 participants, partnered with 16 community ambassadors to share health and wellness resource information, and launched the Healthier Together Certification Program for workplaces and neighborhoods.
The Healthy St. Pete Employee Wellness Program engaged 1,618 employees, offering a comprehensive health and wellbeing program focused on encouraging healthy behaviors, chronic disease management and prevention, and emotional wellbeing.
Click below to learn more about our progress in 2020!
Community Members Engaged in 2020
Community Events Supported
Facebook Group Members
Healthier Together Workshop
Health in All Policies Multi-Sectoral Collaborations
Free Outdoor Exercise Zones
Children in HealthyKids Programs
Deputy Mayor and City Administrator, Dr. Kanika Tomalin
Healthy St. Pete Coordinator, Kim Lehto
Community Engagement Supervisor, Christie Bruner
Health in All Policies Planner, Cassidy Mutnansky
Employee Wellness Supervisor, Jenna Botelho
Community Health Leaders: Ketmana Howell, Melissa Scoggin, Lilly Wysong, Daven Borders