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Healthy St. Pete sidewalk art

About Us

OUR OPPORTUNITY

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. 

OUR SOLUTION

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.

Florida Recreation & Park Association Innovative Programming 2022 Award2022 Impact – Principles for Accountable & Responsive Government

Innovative

Healthy St. Pete partnered in 70 community events and with 76 community organizations to build a culture of health in our city; these partnerships elevated health as a shared value and established a pathway for collective impact, afforded opportunities for fitness, and encouraged healthy behaviors resulting in 11,175 engaged residents of all ages. The Healthy St. Pete Program received the 2022 Innovation in Programming award from the Florida Park & Recreation Association for the creation and implementation of the Healthier Together Initiative.

 Impactful

The Get Fit St. Pete program offered monthly fitness classes led by community volunteer trainers resulted in 90 free community fitness classes. In partnership with AARP and Fit Lot, Healthy St. Pete offered 54 free community fitness classes taught by certified trainers.  Healthier Together Initiative, which aims to increase collaborative solutions to improve community health, offered quarterly Healthier Together workshops engaging 415 participants, awarded 21 new Healthier Together Certifications to business and neighborhood partners, and elevated 18 Healthy St. Pete Ambassadors who helped inform and promote a culture of health throughout the city. The Healthy Kids Program offered evidence-based health at 20 locations and engaged 2,637 children in the community. In partnership with BayCare, the Healthy Kids program distributed 334 Play Packs to St. Petersburg elementary schools to encourage physical activity in youth through the Play Healthy Initiative and offered onsite nutrition and fitness classes and events. To date Healthy has distributed 1,356 Play Packs. The Health 360 program offered 102 free evidence-based lessons on topics such as financial wellness, fitness, healthy eating, and cooking for children and adults. Health 360 launched “Healthy for Life”, a new educational series offering 13 free classes and engaging 193 participants. This impactful program is focused on improving health outcomes using a collaborative, community-based approach by leveraging the resources and expertise of subject matter experts to offer chronic disease education.

Intentional

Healthy St. Pete expanded the Neighborhood Wellness Champion Program to include 20 different community champions from across the city. The purpose of the Neighborhood Wellness Champion Program to increase collaboration and engagement between Healthy St. Pete and neighborhoods throughout the city to build a culture of health and connect community members to health and wellness resources.  The City of St. Petersburg is focused on intentionally incorporating health and equity considerations into the City’s decision-making process. Healthy St. Pete created a Health Equity resource page that outlines city driven projects, policies, programs, and plans that offer information on the ways city departments are working to improve health outcomes for all residents of St. Petersburg. To further the city’s work surrounding food access and security Healthy St. Pete published a detailed Healthy Retailer Map that illustrates programs and links it to health risk information using other dashboard connections.

 Inclusive & In-Touch

Summer Food Service & After School Snack Programs

The Parks and Recreation Department, through grants received from the US Department of Agriculture through the state of Florida, served 183,041 after school snacks, and through the Summer Food Service Program served 37,131 summer breakfasts, and 46,284 summer lunches to children ages 18 or under in 2022.  In addition to coordinating the Summer Food Service Program, Healthy St. Pete operated a meal distribution site at Dell Holmes Park and distributed 653 free meals to youth in the community.

Community Members Engaged in 2022

Events and Partnerships

Facebook Group Members

Healthier Together Workshop
Participants

Evidenced-based Health and Wellness Classes

Attended a Free Fitness Classes

Children in HealthyKids Programs

Florida Recreation & Park Association Innovative Programming 2022 Award

RECREATION MAP

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OUR LEADERSHIP

Healthy St. Pete Coordinator: Kim Lehto

Healthy Programs Supervisor: Meagan Young

Health Program Specialists: Erin Fitzgerald, Justin Daye

            Community Health Leaders: Deardis Peters, Melissa Scoggin, Taylor Tegarden