by Lynn Waddell
The city’s sustainability goals apply to the individual as well as the wider community. St. Petersburg has a rich history in promoting a healthy lifestyle. In the city’s early days, a medical group labeled it the healthiest city in America due its perpetual sunshine and gentle breezes coming across the surrounding water.
Today the city’s Healthy St. Pete initiative leads and partners in various efforts that promote exercise and a tasty, healthy diet. The Park Once campaign encourages motorists to park their car and navigate on foot, by bicycle or the electric-powered downtown trolley.
The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, a result of ownership changes of Bayfront Medical Center which stands on property largely owned by the city, is a major resource for health initiatives. The foundation has more than $150 million in assets that provide funding for health initiatives and is the largest grant-making foundation in the city.