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Eating healthy does not have to be intimidating or inaccessible. Healthy St. Pete programs aim to show our community how eating healthy can be easy and fun for the entire family – no matter where you live or what you like to eat.

Meet your EAT Healthy Ambassadors!Learn More!

Jeffery Jew – Stillwaters Tavern
Kellie Gilmore – All Children’s Hospital
Mark Trujillo – UF/IFAS Extension
Nan Jensen – UF/IFAS Extension
Tyson Grant – Parkshore Grill

Questions about eating healthy? Ask your EAT Healthy Ambassador! Submit a question.

EAT Healthy Blog Articles:
Three Ways to Bring Health into the Holiday
Inspired by the USDA’s “Ten Tips to make your Holiday Healthy”
By: Mark Trujillo – November 2015

Farm to Fork
By: Tyson Grant – December 2015

Go with What You Know
By: Jeffrey Jew – January 2016

We Are What We Eat
By: Kellie Gilmore – February 2016

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right
By: Nan Jensen – March 2016

Summer Eating
By: Jeffrey Jew – May 2016

Healthy St. Pete Test Kitchen: Tune in with Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin at our Child’s Park Recreation Center test kitchen for a monthly series designed to provide a fun way for our partners to talk about their health and wellness initiatives; and discuss how they support our city’s overall vision of being a healthy community. Dr. Tomalin hosts a casual conversation in the kitchen, all while whipping up a healthy and accessible meal that can be easily made by any St. Petersburg viewer.

Season 2, Episode 3: Whoa, Rococo!

Join us in the Child’s Park Recreation Center’s Test Kitchen for Season 2 of Healthy St. Pete Test Kitchen, with your host Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin and Rococo Steak’s Chef Matthew Rainey.

Season 2, Episode 2: A Rowdy and Healthy Spaghetti Pie

Join us in the Child’s Park Recreation Center’s Test Kitchen for Season 2 of Healthy St. Pete Test Kitchen, with your host Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin and Rowdies soccer player Darnell King. Together they make a lighter version of Darnell’s favorite- Spaghetti Pie!

Season 2, Episode 1: Summer Poke

Join us in the Child’s Park Recreation Center’s Test Kitchen for Season 2 of Healthy St. Pete Test Kitchen, with your host Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin and local Birch and Vine Chef Jason Cline. Together they make a light and refreshing summer favorite- Tuna Poke!

Episode 7: Game On!

Join Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin and guest Mike Alstott, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and co-founder of the Mike Alstott Family Foundation, as they share their favorite game day and tailgating recipe- grilled chicken wraps: two ways!

Episode 6: Food + Art

Join Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and two guests this episode!  MFA Editor of Food + Art Toni Lydecker teaches us how to make a Key Lime Pisco Sour Cocktail, along with local artist Maria Saraceno cooks her home town favorite Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe – the true Italian way. Both talk about their part in the Museum of Fine Arts new cookbook Food + Art.


Episode 5: Simply Perfect Roasted Chicken

Join Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and Locale Market Chef Jeffrey Hileman as we learn how to roast a simple, yet delicious, chicken. Follow these easy steps to create the perfect holiday meal for family and friends.

Recipe: Roasted Chicken

Episode 4: Quick Meals for a Family on the Go

Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin hosts her husband, and Tampa Bay Times Outdoor Editor, Terry Tomalin and Mayor’s wife Kerry Kriseman. Together they navigate the challenges of juggling busy schedules and growing, hungry kids – all while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Recipes: Chicken Salad – Two Ways


Episode 3: Home Run Healthy Meal

Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin hosts Tampa Bay Rays’ Outfielder David DeJesus as they discuss eating healthy on and off the baseball field.

Recipe: Skinny Honey Lemon Chicken with Couscous


Episode 2: Eating Local and Sustainable

Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin hosts Stillwaters Tavern Executive Chef and former Bravo Top Chef Contestant Jeffrey Jew as he teaches how to cook a healthy meal with local and sustainable products, on an average budget. Chef Jew gives our audience his tips on how to be an amateur gourmet chef in their own homes.

Recipe: Florida Gulf Fish with Spring Vegetables and Toasted Wheat


Episode 1: Healthy Heart

Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin hosts American Heart Association Go Red Ambassador Katie Pemble and Baycare Nutritionist Dianna Thomas as they discuss heart health and cooking healthy for guests.

Recipe: Broiled Fish and Sauteed Asparagus Recipe


Family Nutrition: Through the National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA) Out-of-School Time grant Healthy St. Pete works to improve family nutrition. Learn about nutritional needs for your family, and take on healthy changes to eat better. To learn more, click here.

FUN BITES LOGOFun Bites Program: The Fun Bites initiative was developed to provide healthier options at concession stands, snack bars, vending machines, and/or events. The goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice by increasing healthy and affordable foods & beverages in public places. St. Pete Parks & Recreation is implementing Fun Bites at five concessions stands around the city.
Fun Bites Introduction Letter
Fun Bites Nutrition Standards