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By Garrett Simpson, NASM-CNC, Community Health Leader Did you know that cherries offer a plethora of health benefits thanks to their rich array of protective plant compounds? Notably, their anti-inflammatory properties may aid in conditions such as gout, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Meanwhile, stands out for its nutrient density, boasting essential vitamins like vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. Its gluten-free profile makes it a go-to option for those seeking alternatives to wheat flour in gluten-free baking and cooking. Additionally,

By Rhenelle McSween-Navarro, Community Health Specialist   Mental Health Awareness Month May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for us to pause, reflect, and raise our collective voices for this cause. In a world where mental health struggles are more prevalent than ever, this designated month serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of prioritizing mental well-being, not just in May, but every day of the year. Mental health is a topic that touches all of us. Whether directly or indirectly, we’ve

By Garrett Simpson, NASM-CNC, Community Health Leader April marks the beginning of melon season, and various melons converge to create a flavorful mix in this refreshing fruit salad. Cantaloupe steals the spotlight, delivering a hefty dose of vitamins A and C, essential for vision and immunity. Honeydew melon joins in, enriching bone health with folate, vitamin K, and magnesium. A splash of lime juice adds zing and extra vitamin C, while honey's antimicrobial properties enhance immunity. Together, these ingredients compose a potent

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   This Kale Pesto is a great way to kick off the month. As part of a heart-healthy diet, kale can reduce the risk of heart disease by helping lower LDL cholesterol or “bad cholesterol.” Kale offers an abundance of nutrients that support heart health, including potassium, fiber, folate, and calcium. Basil provides additional heart-protective benefits, containing compounds like flavonoids and polyphenols that may contribute to cardiovascular health. Garlic is known for its potential to lower

By Rhenelle Mc Sween-Navarro, Community Health Specialist   Feeling overwhelmed is a common experience that many of us encounter at various points in our lives. Whether it’s due to work, school, relationships, or other life challenges, the sensation of being overwhelmed can be incredibly stressful. However, it’s essential to remember that there are strategies you can employ to help alleviate these feelings and regain a sense of control. Here are some tips on what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed:   Take a Step

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader This Pineapple Refresher is great on a hot day or if you need sweet pick me up! Pineapple is rich in vitamin C. One cup of pineapple contains 78.9 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C. It is said that pineapple can improve bone health because it contains Manganese. Manganese helps stave off osteoporosis and improve overall bone and mineral density.     Did you know that you can find fresh, affordable produce near you? Healthy St. Pete‘s Fresh Rec Stop

By Rhenelle Mc Sween-Navarro, Community Health Specialist   Aging is an inevitable part of life. As the years pass, it becomes increasingly important to prioritize our health and well-being. Healthy aging goes beyond just living longer; it’s about embracing a lifestyle that nurtures physical, mental, and emotional vitality. Let’s explore some key aspects of healthy aging and discuss some practical tips to help you age gracefully. Stay Active, Stay Strong Physical Activity is a cornerstone of healthy aging. Regular exercise not only maintains muscle

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   January is pomegranate and citrus season, so this salad is the perfect combination to enjoy these fruits at their best. Citrus fruits are rich in multiple nutrients such as vitamin C and fiber can reduce inflammation. Pomegranates can aid in skin health and in digestion. So give this recipe a try and start your year off with a bright and zesty kick!   Did you know that you can find fresh, affordable produce near you? Healthy St. Pete‘s Fresh

By Rhenelle Mc Sween-Navarro, Community Health Specialist   The festive season is synonymous with joy, indulgence, and quality time spent with loved ones. However, it is also a time when our fitness routines often take a back seat. While it is tempting to surrender to the allure of holiday treats and cozy nights in, maintaining a balance with regular exercise can make a significant difference in how we feel during and after the holidays.   Festive Workouts: A Jolly Twist to Fitness Incorporate the holiday

By Rhenelle Mc Sween-Navarro, Community Health Specialist   In today’s fast-paced digital world, it is easy to get lost in our screens and social media. Although online content is a lot of fun, it is essential to balance our online time with outdoor activities to stay healthy and happy. Being outside is fun too! Let’s explore the many benefits of getting off our phones and getting active. The Importance of Physical Activity Physical activity can sound like a lot of work, especially if you’re