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By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   Now that Fall is upon us it is time to dive into all the flavors the season has for us. This recipe has some very nutritious elements that you and your family should try for dessert or snack. Pumpkin is a rich source of heart-healthy nutrients like fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. Several studies have connected eating dried dates with improved brain function. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber. Fiber takes longer to digest

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   Did you know that June 17th is National Eat Your Veggies day? This month’s Fresh Rec Stop recipe is centered around just that idea. Because the last thing you want to do during the dog days of summer is crank up the oven - here is a much cooler recipe for you to try instead.  Fresh strawberries, cucumbers, and avocados are everywhere during the summer months. Strawberries are good for your whole body. They naturally deliver

The Summer Food Service Program has returned! The St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department has teamed up with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Summer BreakSpot to offer FREE breakfast and/or lunch at City sites throughout St. Pete to anyone 18 years and younger. Whether your child is a participant in City summer camps, visiting the library, or at the Dell Holmes Splash Pad, they can enjoy a free meal with friends at one of the Summer Food locations. No registration required.   Find

By Meagan Young, Health Program Supervisor   St. Petersburg’s residents are known for helping take care of their fellow community members. This is especially true during the holiday months when expenses for families increase substantially, which can make it very difficult to provide nutritious snacks and meals.   Did you know there are numerous organizations throughout the city that provide support in the form of a Box of Groceries or a Hot Meal service year-round for community members?   Feeding Tampa Bay is a fantastic online

By: Melissa Scoggin, Community Health Leader   October is known for pumpkins and spooky Halloween fun, but we also need to remember that October is breast cancer awareness month. As we continue the fight the battle against various cancers, we want to spotlight some super foods that can help boost the immune system while combating cancer. Keeping your immune system healthy is an important part of overall wellbeing. However, for cancer patients a strong immune system is crucial. According to the recent article “Superfoods

By: Madeline McNaughton, Brick Street Farms (Healthier Together Certified Workplace)   Brick Street Farms is leading the way in the evolution of agriculture and doing it the right way! As we all become more aware of the impacts of climate change and where agricultural monoliths are falling short for our communities, we see a glaring emphasis on the need for institutional change and a focus on our communities’ health and wellbeing. St. Petersburg residents deserve access to nutrient-rich foods without struggle or strife. That

A diet rich in nutrients is one of the best ways to prevent illnesses. Immunity boosting vitamins found in fruit and vegetables help build a strong defense against sickness and disease. By eating a variety of produce, you gain the natural strength to protect yourself from viruses and bacteria. The Immune System The immune system includes complex parts of the body like cells, tissues, and organs that fight germs and infections. It is important to do everything you can to keep these

  Access to healthy, affordable food is vital for a sustainable community. A strong local food system improves health, promotes equity, and strengthens our economy. The Healthy St. Pete team works with the Office of Sustainability & Resilience and urban agriculture stakeholders to collaborate on community wide access to food & nutrition.    There is a rising demand for sustainably produced, local food in cities. In response, St. Petersburg City Council approved related ordinance amendments to expand opportunities for the production and sale of

By: Melissa Scoggin, Community Health Leader   Florida might be known for oranges and citrus, but did you know that 34% of tomatoes in the U.S. also come from the sunshine state? Unless you grow your own fruit and vegetables, it might be hard to tell what’s in season. This short guide will help you know your seasonal Florida produce better, and in turn, save you money when you buy at the right time. Spring Spring is the perfect time to grow Florida avocados.

By: Melissa Scoggin, Community Health Leader   Americans spent over $1 trillion on eating out in 2019. It is much cheaper, and often healthier, to prepare and eat food at home. However, if buying healthy food seems too expensive, look at this easy guide on how to shop for healthy groceries on a budget. Plan Ahead Making healthy home cooked meals is easy if you plan ahead. Decide what meals you want to make and keep a grocery list before shopping. You can even