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By: Lisa Chase Owner, Back2Normal Physical Therapy Healthier Together Certified Workplace   "Long-term stress can lead to a variety of health problems. The body responds to stress by releasing stress hormones, making blood pressure, heart rate & blood sugar rise. It is important to identify your stressors & tackle them before they tackle you. Did you know that stress is a leading cause of sugar cravings and sugar is a leading cause of inflammation, joint pain, immune suppression, excess weight, low energy, and countless other

Time to celebrate the New Year with a festive and healthy Confetti Grain Salad.  This recipe can be made with meat or veggies only - make it your own! 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 Stop and our recipes?  Call (727) 892-5994 or email Melissa at melissa.scoggin@stpete.org for more information.    

  Healthy St. Pete teamed up with the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department to bring you an interactive coloring book for kids to do with friends and family. As you read the book, follow along to try out the activities mentioned. This is a great way for families to stay active and healthy together.  Click here to download the coloring book to participate at home!

Have you tried making a curry before? This curried butternut squash stew might be your new fall favorite! Lots of aromatic flavors make this take on Eastern cuisine a rich, hearty addition to your culinary repertoire. 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 Stop and our recipes? Click

  ST. PETE RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN VIRTUAL CHALLENGE FOR SKIN CANCER AWARENESS Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ is a month-long virtual event hosted by the American Academy of Dermatology to raise funds and awareness to help prevent and detect skin cancers. November is National Healthy Skin Month® and this year the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is encouraging everyone to safely hit the trails to raise funds and awareness for one of the most preventable forms of cancers — skin cancer. The

Bay Leaves. These subtle-tasting leaves give any dish you put them in an aromatic quality not unlike tea. Your food certainly won’t suffer without a few dried bay leaves thrown in, but you will definitely notice a more complex smell and flavor with them. I put them in everything from pasta sauce, soups and stews, and, my absolute favorite, plain rice. Throw a couple of dried bay leaves in your rice cooker next time and you will see what I’m

Explore St. Petersburg, experience a new Healthy St. Pete program and bring a friend along to try a healthy activity this fall!  Check out the ideas below to accomplish each of the bingo squares - or try a new way to get three in a row.  After you complete a square, submit pictures via JotForm to be entered to win a #HealthyStPete prize pack! Each item accomplished equals one entry.  Contest runs November 1-30. Submit pictures here: https://form.jotform.com/sppr/fall-into-health-bingo Click here to download

  Join us for our next FREE Healthier Together Workshop to help get connected to your community and learn how to take action! Healthier Together aims to begin conversations and elevate health as a shared valued with local experts as well as St. Petersburg residents. Register today for this third workshop in a quarterly series of community engagement events. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 10AM - 11:30AM   REGISTER AND LEARN MORE HERE: bit.ly/WorkshopHSP   Presenters include: Healthier Together Ambassadors and local experts Local business leaders Neighborhood Champions Healthy St. Pete staff members   Goals of this

This Italian comfort food pasta dish is big enough for the whole family. Easy and affordable to make, this recipe makes use of shelf-stable ingredients like dry pasta, canned chickpeas, and canned tomatoes. Did you know canned tomatoes contain just as many vitamins and nutrients as fresh tomatoes, but with the additional benefit of lycopene – a powerful antioxidant that protects the body against cell damage? Click here to download the recipe. Try it at home and click here to join

  Looking to add more veggies to your diet? Try this spring vegetable sauté as a side or a main dish. This is a super quick and easy recipe to get you familiar with seasonal vegetables. 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 the Fresh Rec Stop program and our recipes?