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Healthy St. Pete is a City of St. Petersburg initiative led by the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department. The mission of Healthy St. Pete is to build a culture of health in our city by making the healthy choice the easy choice through a collaborative community effort. We work to improve health outcomes, reduce health inequities, and strive to implement policies and programs that give all citizens the opportunity to reach and enjoy optimal health. Healthier Together aims to begin

By: Mallory Carteaux, M.S., is an exercise physiologist with Fit4Allkids, a healthy lifestyle program of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Reading and watching negative events in the news can lead to stress and anxiety for adults and kids alike. Fortunately, by working to become more mindful, you can learn to recognize how you are feeling and approach these situations with a positive outlook. These mindfulness strategies for your entire family take only a few minutes to practice and can have a

Do you feel aches and pains in your body when stressed or anxious? The body often responds to stress and anxiety with muscle tension. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a helpful method for relieving this tension and managing stress. So, what is PMR? PMR is the practice of tensing “a group of muscle as you breathe in and relax them as you breathe out,” according to the University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine. The method focuses on working different muscle groups. Practice makes

  Check out this quick vegetable chow mein recipe you can easily make at home with just a few pantry staples. This healthy recipe is the perfect way to try something new with your spaghetti noodles and frozen vegetables. You don’t even need a full kitchen to make this delicious dish – see how we cooked our pasta in a rice cooker! Click here to download the recipe. Want to learn more about Fresh Rec Stop and our recipes? Click here to visit

By: Mallory Carteaux, M.S., is an exercise physiologist with Fit4Allkids, a healthy lifestyle program of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.   Keeping your kids active during their extended time out of school doesn't need to be a daunting task. Without access to recess, team sports or play dates, you can focus on keeping your child’s mind and body healthy by encouraging some at-home exercise and free playtime. Try incorporating some of these screen-free ideas into your family’s new routine: Don’t stay stuck. Go for a

  In collaboration with the City’s Transportation and Economic and Workforce Development departments, Healthy St. Pete completed the City’s first Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in December 2019 on proposed complete streets modifications to 18th Avenue South. The HIA assesses the potential health impacts related to active transportation and physical activity in addition to the economic determinants of health, including evaluating the downstream health impacts of how Complete Streets could impact existing business, future development, and employment opportunities. The HIA report includes

Did you know that Fresh Rec Stop makes affordable produce available at centers throughout St. Petersburg?   Anyone can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables at low cost from coolers at the following City centers: Frank Pierce Recreation Center 2000 7th St. S., (727) 893-7731 Lake Vista Recreation Center 1401 62nd Ave. S., (727) 893-7744 Roberts Recreation Center 1246 50th Ave. N., (727) 893-7754 Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center 1000 28th St. S., (727) 893-7750 Willis S. Johns Recreation Center 6635 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N., (727) 893-7756 Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center at

  Want to try a delicious dish that is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free? This skillet ratatouille has you covered! A quick and easy version of this French culinary classic for the whole family that won’t cost you much time or money. Click here to download the 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 Fresh Rec

  Healthy St. Pete is launching a new way to get engaged in your neighborhood and get a workout in at the same time. The Get Fit St. Pete program offers free monthly fitness classes in parks across St. Petersburg and the program is expanding with the addition of Neighborhood Wellness Champions. As a Neighborhood Wellness Champion you will be able to learn about and share health related resources in your community, meet new people, or organize a monthly walk in your

Healthy St. Pete’s new Healthier Together Initiative launched in October 2019 to help engage and elevating health and wellness among community partners and residents.  There are three phases of the Healthier Together Initiative: Phase One: Healthier Together Ambassadors— Ambassadors are stakeholders in specific wellness related industries, such as nutrition, mental health, environmental health, fitness, financial health and children’s health, and lend their subject matter expertise to elevate various health topics. Six ambassadors are featured each quarter. They address issues in their industry