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NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG, Parks and Recreation Department CONTACT: Kari Fuhrmann, Marketing & Information Specialist 727-893-7918  Ÿ  kari.fuhrmann@stpete.org 6TH ANNUAL FIT CITY 5K + 1-MILE WALK St. Petersburg, FL (November 2022) – Ready, set, glow! The annual Fit City 5K and 1-mile walk returns to downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Healthy St. Pete, a division of the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department, is hosting the 6th annual Glow in the Park themed event with activities for all

St. Pete Run Fest has partnered with Humana Healthy Horizons, Healthy St. Pete and the City of St. Petersburg community wellness initiative, to help address access to physical activity equipment and education.  As a result of the collaboration, Healthy St. Pete distributed 644 Recess Play Packs to 22 elementary schools in St. Petersburg in September 2021.  These Recess Play Packs included frisbees, balls, jump ropes and other play equipment for students to utilize during unstructured free-play recess.   In 2017, Florida legislators

By: Daven Borders, Community Health Leader   Pickleball is a net sport that fuses the components of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong using a paddle and a Whiffle ball. It resembles tennis because a pickleball player hits the ball back and forth over a net to gain points. But the pickleball court is much smaller than a badminton or tennis court.   Brief History In 1965, a family in Bainbridge Island, Washington had a dog named Pickles. Along with their friends the family devised a fun

By: Daven Borders, Community Health Leader   Staying fit and healthy does not require you to go to the gym or practice intense exercise. You can do wonders to improve your health simply by making walking a part of your lifestyle. According to a study made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, walking is one of the most famous forms of aerobic exercise in the US.   Power Walking Power walking is a type of exercise that involves walking at the speed of

    Get Fit St. Pete: Neighborhood Walks are on the FOURTH SATURDAY of every month at 9AM.  Walks are located throughout St. Petersburg. The purpose of the Neighborhood Wellness Champion program is to create a liaison between Healthy St. Pete and neighborhoods throughout the City.  Neighborhood Wellness Champions organize monthly walks in their neighborhoods, current walks are indicated on the map below. Interested in becoming a Neighborhood Wellness Champion or learning more?  Email christie.bruner@stpete.org.    

By: Daven Borders, Community Health Leader   Yoga is an ancient practice that involves improving both your mind and body at once. Accomplished yogis cannot only pull off complicated stretches but also possess inner clarity, compassion, and mental peace. Once you start doing yoga, you will find yourself being more reflective and calmer. Along with this, your posture, flexibility, and physical shape will also improve. If you want to start practicing yoga but don't know where to start, don't worry. There are plenty

By: Daven Borders, Community Health Leader   Have you ever gone more than a few hours without standing up from your desk? Many modern-day jobs are sedentary, causing people to be less physically active throughout the day. During eight-hour workdays, people may find themselves sitting and looking at a screen without any physical activity. This can put a lot of stress on their neck and back, resulting in poor posture and inflexibility Added to all the sitting they do; they also must

By: Amy George, St. Petersburg resident   Pandemic Boredom hit hard in July of 2020. My daughter, Rachel Crozier, and I spent one evening in full pity-party mode, whining about the monotony of the days. Even our 5:30 a.m. walks had become dull. We both knew every street and house within a two-mile radius of our homes. We were desperate for some new scenery. Then Rachel had an inspiration: what if we tried to visit every park in St. Petersburg on foot —

By: Daven Borders, Community Health Leader   No matter how you feel about exercise, it is not difficult to see all the benefits that it brings. Of course, everyone has their reasons for why they start working out but adding it into your daily routine is highly beneficial. A regular exercise routine can help you boost blood flow, decrease stress, ensure you stay hydrated, keep you lean, and increase your overall strength. So, no matter what kind of exercise you take up, walking,