St Pete Healthy News


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

By Sarah Wiemert, Planner II   The Healthy Food Action Plan focuses on uplifting and expanding aspects of the St. Petersburg food system that residents identified as priority initiatives during the community engagement phase of the Plan. A food system is an integral part of communities. But what exactly is a food system, and how does it influence whether a community is thriving?   Food Systems 101 A food system is a collection of physical processes and abstract ideas that interact with people, communities, and

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   With the new year right around the corner everyone is trying to set themselves up for success. The best way to set yourself up nutritionally is to eat probiotics daily. Probiotics help your body maintain healthy gut microorganisms. Greek yogurt is full of probiotics that help prevent obesity. It’s a great source of calcium and can keep you satisfied for longer. Dark Chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants. It may improve blood flow and

  Ready, set, glow! The 7th  annual Healthy St. Pete Fit City 5K and 1 Mile Walk is returning to downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. Healthy St. Pete, a division of the City of St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department, is hosting the Glow in the Park event with activities for all ages starting at 5 p.m. in North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Dr. NE. The Healthy St. Pete Fit City 5K and 1 Mile Walk encourages community collaboration

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader For many that don’t know, December is in the middle of pomegranate season. Even though they stain my hands and clothes, I can’t get enough of that sweet and sour fruit. Pomegranates can help prevent or treat various disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia, and inflammatory activities. It is demonstrated that certain components of the pomegranate, such as polyphenols, have potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic effects. Greek yogurt contains

By Sarah Wiemert, Food Systems Planner   Healthy St. Pete is excited to be facilitating, through community participation and organizational partnership, a Healthy Food Action Plan. Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Healthy Food Action Plan will guide short- and long-term projects, partnerships, and policies that address food access issues in Healthy Food Priority Areas to promote health equity in St. Petersburg. It will improve access to and education about healthy, affordable food sources and agencies, increase the

Mental Health Matters: Building Strong Foundations in Kids By Rhenelle Mc Sween-Navarro, Community Health Program Specialist The physical well-being of children has always been given priority, but one extremely important factor that is often overlooked is mental well-being. Mental health in the world’s youth population is often forgotten, or it is thought that children do not suffer from adverse mental health issues as adults do. There are many contributing factors to a child’s mental health, so early detection and intervention is vital

By Chef Garrett, Community Health Leader As we head further into fall, it's time to excited for the family gatherings and the food that comes with the season. Cranberries always taste like the holidays. Many people consider cranberries to be a superfood due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. In fact, research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) the prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood