St Pete Healthy News


By Erin Fitzgerald, Health Program Specialist   Each year heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans and is the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease is preventable by incorporating healthy lifestyle habits. Building a strong heart is one of the best things you can do by incorporating exercise in your routine! People who don’t exercise are twice as likely to develop heart disease than those who exercise regularly. Experts recommend aiming for 150 minutes of moderate activity weekly.   Here

This quick and easy recipe from the American Heart Association is sure to be a huge hit! Sweet Potato Nachos are a perfect, heart healthy recipe for an afterschool snack or game day appetizer. Try it at home and use #HealthyStPete to share your creations! Follow us on Instagram @StPeteParksRec and join the Healthy St. Pete Facebook Group. Did you know that you can find fresh, affordable produce near you? Healthy St. Pete's Fresh Rec Stop program aims to increase access to

By Erin Fitzgerald, Health Program Specialist   Health360 is a comprehensive health education program that provides opportunities for St Petersburg community members to learn about health from a whole health perspective. Health360 programming focuses on nutrition education, obesity prevention classes, family cooking experiences, and financial wellness classes.   Why is Health Education Important?   Health education programs empower our community members to live healthier lives by improving the many dimensions of health such as: physical health, mental health, emotional health, and social health.   Health education programs, such

#fitlot #getfit #physicalactivity By: Justin Daye, Healthy Program Specialist   Are you looking to start a new exercise program this year? If you answered yes, you may want to consider trying our FREE Fit Lot series. Fit Lot is an AARP-sponsored, outdoor, fitness-in-the-park program that brings the community together while you participate in a healthy exercise program. This program is perfect for beginners and anyone looking to get started with a new fitness routine. This Fit Lot series is a circuit style workout that includes

By Justin Daye, Health Program Specialist The Healthy St Pete Division of the City of St. Petersburg’s Parks and Recreation Department was recognized at the City Council meeting on December 8th. At that time, we received an award from our newest community partner, Aetna, a CVS Health Care Company. As a leader in health care, Aetna is committed to positively impacting communities and helping individuals on their path to better health. The City of St. Petersburg and Aetna have recently partnered with Inner Explorer

  Are you part of a company or neighborhood group that is proud of the wellness promotion work you currently do?   Are you interested in looking for new and innovative ways to encourage healthy behaviors for your employees and members?   Would you benefit from being part of a supportive network of like-minded businesses and neighborhood groups at in-person workshops and online?   If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the Healthier Together Certification program may be for you!   The goal of the Heathier

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

8 Outdoor Family-Friendly Holiday Activities to Try This Year By: Meagan Young, Health Program Supervisor The holiday break is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with family while enjoying the great outdoor spaces St. Petersburg has to offer. If you are looking to start a new outdoor holiday tradition this year, look no further as our city has many options to get you out in the fresh air. Check out these outdoor activities to spark ideas for creating new holiday traditions

  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 ages starting at 5:30 p.m. in North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL.   Fit City encourages the community to come together and promote health and wellness in St. Petersburg. Information

This is a fun and simple recipe that kids love to help prepare. Kids of all ages will love to enjoy some warm, fresh baked cookies and learning to follow a 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 the Fresh Rec Stop program and our recipes?  Click here to see when Chef Melissa is scheduled