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
We are thrilled to announce that Healthy St. Pete has received a generous sponsorship from BayCare to expand the Fresh Rec Stop program. This sponsorship will expand Fresh Rec Stop produce coolers to recreation centers on the city’s west side. The west side centers that will be receiving the refrigerators are, Childs Park, Campbell Park, Gladden Park and J.W. Cate. Click here to view all Fresh Rec Stop locations. The new expansion brings produce coolers to the City’s west side. Visitors to
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
By: Lisa Chase Owner, Back2Normal Physical Therapy Healthier Together Certified Workplace "Long-term stress can lead to a variety of health problems. The body responds to stress by releasing stress hormones, making blood pressure, heart rate & blood sugar rise. It is important to identify your stressors & tackle them before they tackle you. Did you know that stress is a leading cause of sugar cravings and sugar is a leading cause of inflammation, joint pain, immune suppression, excess weight, low energy, and countless other
Time to celebrate the New Year with a festive and healthy Confetti Grain Salad. This recipe can be made with meat or veggies only - make it your own! Try it at home and click here to join our Healthy St. Pete Facebook group for more healthy news and tips. Use #HealthyStPete on Instagram and follow @StPeteParksRec. Want to learn more about Fresh Rec Stop and our recipes? Call (727) 892-5994 or email Melissa at email@example.com for more information.
Have you tried making a curry before? This curried butternut squash stew might be your new fall favorite! Lots of aromatic flavors make this take on Eastern cuisine a rich, hearty addition to your culinary repertoire. Click here to download the recipe. Try it at home and click here to join our Healthy St. Pete Facebook group for more healthy news and tips. Use #HealthyStPete on Instagram and follow @StPeteParksRec. Want to learn more about Fresh Rec Stop and our recipes? Click
Bay Leaves. These subtle-tasting leaves give any dish you put them in an aromatic quality not unlike tea. Your food certainly won’t suffer without a few dried bay leaves thrown in, but you will definitely notice a more complex smell and flavor with them. I put them in everything from pasta sauce, soups and stews, and, my absolute favorite, plain rice. Throw a couple of dried bay leaves in your rice cooker next time and you will see what I’m
Explore St. Petersburg, experience a new Healthy St. Pete program and bring a friend along to try a healthy activity this fall! Check out the ideas below to accomplish each of the bingo squares - or try a new way to get three in a row. After you complete a square, submit pictures via JotForm to be entered to win a #HealthyStPete prize pack! Each item accomplished equals one entry. Contest runs November 1-30. Submit pictures here: https://form.jotform.com/sppr/fall-into-health-bingo Click here to download