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,
Healthier Together Ambassador, Mallory Carteaux, has helped to kick off the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital's Fit4Allkids program. The program provides wellness education to kids, teens, and their families and includes education on nutrition, mental health, sleep, and physical activity through a variety of hands-on activities. More information on programming is found here: https://www.hopkinsallchildrens.org/Community/Family-Health-and-Wellness/Our-Programs. Physical activity is an important component of the program, as getting kids moving benefits all aspects of their lives! Kids and teens are encouraged to get at
By: Jill Edwards, MS, CEP; Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association Board Member Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association Healthier Together Certified Neighborhood "The best way to stay well is to keep your immune system strong. Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, and reduce stress. But what about exercise? Does it help or hinder the body’s ability to fight off infection? Epidemiological evidence indicates that regular moderate physical activity reduces the incidence of many communicable diseases, such as viral and bacterial infections. In contrast to the widely
By: Daven Borders, Healthy St. Pete Community Health Leader Let's face it - starting a new exercise regimen can be intimidating and often the best thing to do is a little research. There are many types of exercise out there, research is the best thing to do when you do not know where to start because you will learn essential information that you would not know otherwise. Chances are you may have come across some 'facts' about exercising that are myths. A
By: Trish Blocker, Employee Wellness Coordinator W3 Insurance Healthier Together Certified Workplace "I like to say that wellness is the ‘fourth W’ at W3 Insurance. As the wellness coordinator for the St. Petersburg-based company, I spend my days helping clients achieve healthy workplace outcomes. That includes my own employer, which was recently named a Healthier Together Gold Partner, and it means something different to each employee group. Throughout my years crafting programs to nudge people toward healthier lives, I’ve gathered an advice tidbit or
Youth enrolled in afterschool programming at the City of St. Petersburg recreation centers participate in Healthy Kids educational activities each month. Click here to view and print this activity sheet to join in the fun at home!
By: Jaymi Butler, The Catalyst World Body Fitness Combines Health & Philanthropy Healthier Together Certified Workplace "The workouts aren’t the only thing that change, though. Every quarter, World Body will choose a different health and wellness nonprofit to support through donations. Members will vote on which nonprofit gets selected and can earn additional votes based on how many classes they attend. The Pinellas County chapter of the Special Olympics will be the first recipient. 'This is my favorite part of the business – that we
Healthy St. Pete teamed up with the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department to bring you an interactive coloring book for kids to do with friends and family. As you read the book, follow along to try out the activities mentioned. This is a great way for families to stay active and healthy together. Click here to download the coloring book to participate at home!