“Join me on this mission and take a pledge to yourself and to your community to make St. Pete one of the healthiest cities in America!”
– Deputy Mayor and City Administrator Dr. Kanika Tomalin
Approximately 27% of adults in St. Petersburg report being physically inactive in the past 30 days and 33% report having high blood pressure. These indicators put our residents as well as 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.
A healthier St. Petersburg should be a vital priority for businesses, families, and community leaders.
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.
Each year Healthy St. Pete serves the community and engages with more than 10,000 City of St. Petersburg residents. In 2018 Healthy St. Pete partnered with more than 80 community events, taught 58 health and wellness lessons, hosted 11 Fit Family Nights, and engaged 2,000 children. The Community Resource Bus Program opened its doors for 12 weeks, providing 560 free health screenings for 2,500 residents. Summer BreakSpot at Dell Holmes Park provided 2,447 free meals ensuring that families who need it most have a chance to eat healthy.
More than 500 community members participated in the second annual Healthy St. Pete Fit City 5K and 1 Mile Run, a celebration of health and wellness. Health360 program had 441 participants and offered $4,410 in produce vouchers, which was funded by the Healthiest Cities and Counties Interim Award. 92% of participants reported an increase in their confidence to cook healthy foods; 66% reported lower blood pressure and BMI. Fresh Rec Stop program finished the fiscal year selling a total of 2,620 pieces of produce at six locations.
Click below to learn more about our progress and impacts in 2019!
Community Members Engaged in 2019
Community Events Supported
Facebook Group Members
Children in HealthyKids Programs
Participants in Get Fit St. Pete Classes
Free Outdoor Exercise Zones
Deputy Mayor and City Administrator, Dr. Kanika Tomalin
Healthy St. Pete Coordinator, Kim Lehto
Community Engagement Supervisor, Christie Bruner
Health in All Policies Planner, Cassidy Mutnansky
Employee Wellness Supervisor, Jenna Botelho
Community Health Leaders: Ketmana Howell, Melissa Scoggin,
Philip Belcastro, Lilly Wysong