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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

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   This Summer Grilled Corn Salad is one of those salads that just has so many layers of flavor. Not only is it full of flavor but each element of the dish is good for you as well. Grilled corn is a summertime staple, this salad brings together the best parts of the summer. Corn has just over three grams of protein per ear. Compared to most vegetables, corn is higher in protein. That's because corn

Melissa and her team offer a FREE Cardio Sport class the THIRD Saturday of every month. This team based fitness / training experience is designed to replicate the excitement and energy of a sports game, mixed with a concert vibe. Learn more here.   Meet Your Cardio Sport Instructor Name: Melissa Gwinn   Hometown: Wareham, Massachusetts   Affiliation: Owner/Manager/Lead Trainer- Cardio Sport St. Pete   Years in the industry: 11   How did you get into Cardio Sport? I found Cardio Sport in 2011 at my hometown local gym. I grew bored of

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   Did you know that June 17th is National Eat Your Veggies day? This month’s Fresh Rec Stop recipe is centered around just that idea. Because the last thing you want to do during the dog days of summer is crank up the oven - here is a much cooler recipe for you to try instead.  Fresh strawberries, cucumbers, and avocados are everywhere during the summer months. Strawberries are good for your whole body. They naturally deliver

The Summer Food Service Program has returned! The St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department has teamed up with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Summer BreakSpot to offer FREE breakfast and/or lunch at City sites throughout St. Pete to anyone 18 years and younger. Whether your child is a participant in City summer camps, visiting the library, or at the Dell Holmes Splash Pad, they can enjoy a free meal with friends at one of the Summer Food locations. No registration required.   Find

You are invited to join Healthy St. Pete’s upcoming Healthier Together Workshop on May 12, 2023   Healthy St. Pete’s Healthier Together Initiative aims to connect local health and wellness experts, organizations, and residents to start a conversation on wellness in St. Petersburg through the Healthier Together Certification program and Healthier Together Workshops.   At the upcoming workshop, you can expect  At the upcoming workshop, you can expect opportunities for networking with other health and wellness enthusiasts, educational presentations from local wellness experts, as well as an award ceremony

By Coach Tii, Community Wellness Ambassador   Before I started coaching, I would got to the gym, do an hour of “fasted-cardio” and then maybe do some crunches and leave. It always felt good afterward, but I wasn’t consistent enough because I was bored out of my mind. I dreaded going, and often would leave mid-cardio sessions and tell myself it was enough. I had no formal coaching or training and was in the early stages of my exercise science degree, so