Healthier Together Initiative
The Healthier Together Initiative gives a voice to community leaders and provides a new way for community members to interact. The first phase of this initiative is the Community Ambassador Program, which utilizes social media to engage the community. The goal is to increase education and awareness through a wide-range of topics, including fitness, nutrition, financial health, and more, discussed by local professionals, known as the Healthy St. Pete community ambassadors. Future phases of the Healthier Together Initiative include a Healthy St. Pete Connector event in January 2020 and a Healthy Business Recognition Program.
The Health360 program offers nutrition education, obesity prevention classes, family cooking experiences, financial wellness; and social-emotional learning opportunities. Classes are offered in three to seven-week sessions at Campbell Park Recreation Center, Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center and the Sunshine Center. All sessions are FREE and include a FREE $10 produce voucher with every class attended. Class size is limited and registration is required.
Fresh Rec Stop
The Fresh Rec Stop program aims to increase access to fresh produce at affordable prices in convenient locations throughout the community. There are six Fresh Rec Stop locations throughout the city including five Recreation Centers and Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Additionally, healthy recipe tasting opportunities are available every other month at each Fresh Rec Stop.
Community Resource Bus
The Community Resource Bus is a partnership with the St. Petersburg Police Department. Each month, the bus is at a different location throughout the city and brings valuable health and safety information to your neighborhood. The bus offers various free health screenings, provides information on housing, immunizations, and food pantries; and connects residents to other community organizations and resources.
HEALTHY EATING ON THE GO
The goal of the Fun Bites program is to increase the availability of healthy and affordable food and beverages in public facilities, citywide events, and city programs.
The Healthy Vending program aims to ensure access to better options in city-owned vending machines located in public facilities and employee workplaces.