St Pete Healthy News


  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

Meg offers a FREE Fit Lot class the 2nd Friday of each month. This is a beginner friendly circuit style class at the AARP sponsored FitLot. This class is good for anyone hoping to learn a bit more about exercise. Learn more here.   Meg is a women’s health and fitness coach and certified personal trainer here in St. Pete. She specializes in supporting beginners at strength training, pre and postnatal clients, and those who want to transform their mind, body, and

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

By Rhenelle Mc Sween-Navarro, Community Health Program Specialist   National Recovery Month is observed every September as a time of reflection, celebration, and support for individuals on their journey to sobriety and mental wellness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), this month also serves as a way to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all

By Dakota Priest, Community Health Leader   Are you looking to start a new exercise program for your physical fitness and social needs? If you answered yes, you may want to consider trying this FREE, outdoor exercise class.   Healthy St. Pete is thrilled to bring back another iteration of the extremely popular FitLot Method classes for our fall season!   FitLot Method is an AARP sponsored, outdoor, fitness-in-the-park program that brings the community together while participating in a healthy exercise program. This program is perfect for

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   Now that Fall is upon us it is time to dive into all the flavors the season has for us. This recipe has some very nutritious elements that you and your family should try for dessert or snack. Pumpkin is a rich source of heart-healthy nutrients like fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. Several studies have connected eating dried dates with improved brain function. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber. Fiber takes longer to digest

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   This is a recipe that is all around just good for you. With the summer coming to an end, we should take a moment and appreciate the sweet and tangy combination. Watermelon is in season and is very nutritious. Watermelon contains an antioxidant called Lycopene. It is linked to decreasing risks in cancer, heart disease, and age-related eye diseases.  It is also the compound that gives our favorite fruits and veggies their red color! Chimichurri