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By: Amy George, St. Petersburg resident   Pandemic Boredom hit hard in July of 2020. My daughter, Rachel Crozier, and I spent one evening in full pity-party mode, whining about the monotony of the days. Even our 5:30 a.m. walks had become dull. We both knew every street and house within a two-mile radius of our homes. We were desperate for some new scenery. Then Rachel had an inspiration: what if we tried to visit every park in St. Petersburg on foot —

By: Daven Borders, Community Health Leader   No matter how you feel about exercise, it is not difficult to see all the benefits that it brings. Of course, everyone has their reasons for why they start working out but adding it into your daily routine is highly beneficial. A regular exercise routine can help you boost blood flow, decrease stress, ensure you stay hydrated, keep you lean, and increase your overall strength. So, no matter what kind of exercise you take up, walking,

Mayor Rick Kriseman issued a proclamation urging residents to make the decision to increase the consumption of healthy plant-based foods and take steps improve their environment by proclaiming April 19, Meatless Monday.  The Meatless Monday movement was created in partnership with the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and encourages people to decrease the amount of meat in their diet to support personal and environmental health one-day per week. Healthy St. Pete supports efforts to increase healthy foods into

By: Melissa Scoggin, Community Health Leader   Americans spent over $1 trillion on eating out in 2019. It is much cheaper, and often healthier, to prepare and eat food at home. However, if buying healthy food seems too expensive, look at this easy guide on how to shop for healthy groceries on a budget. Plan Ahead Making healthy home cooked meals is easy if you plan ahead. Decide what meals you want to make and keep a grocery list before shopping. You can even

Healthier Together Ambassador, Mallory Carteaux, has helped to kick off the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital's Fit4Allkids program. The program provides wellness education to kids, teens, and their families and includes education on nutrition, mental health, sleep, and physical activity through a variety of hands-on activities. More information on programming is found here: https://www.hopkinsallchildrens.org/Community/Family-Health-and-Wellness/Our-Programs.   Physical activity is an important component of the program, as getting kids moving benefits all aspects of their lives! Kids and teens are encouraged to get at

By: Jill Edwards, MS, CEP; Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association Board Member Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association Healthier Together Certified Neighborhood   "The best way to stay well is to keep your immune system strong. Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, and reduce stress. But what about exercise? Does it help or hinder the body’s ability to fight off infection? Epidemiological evidence indicates that regular moderate physical activity reduces the incidence of many communicable diseases, such as viral and bacterial infections.   In contrast to the widely

  Add some healthy greens to your dinner menu this St. Patrick's Day with this yummy Brussels Sprouts recipe.  Use your favorite seasoning blend to make this dish your own.  Try adding some other colorful veggies to create a healthy rainbow on your plate! 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

By: Daven Borders, Healthy St. Pete Community Health Leader Let's face it - starting a new exercise regimen can be intimidating and often the best thing to do is a little research. There are many types of exercise out there, research is the best thing to do when you do not know where to start because you will learn essential information that you would not know otherwise. Chances are you may have come across some 'facts' about exercising that are myths. A