Churches United for Healthy Congregations

Improving health through faith and behavioral change

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.

One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk if they make healthy changes. Examples of healthy changes include eating healthy, getting more physical activity, and losing weight.

How can American Diabetes Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes. For more information about what you can do, click here.


Healthy St. Pete News


The mission of Healthy St. Pete is to build a culture of health in our city by making the healthy choice the easy choice through a collaborative, community effort. We will work to improve health outcomes, reduce health inequities and implement policies and programs that give all citizens the opportunity to reach and enjoy optimal health. This initiative is designed to encourage our community to EAT, SHOP, LIVE and PLAY HEALTHY in a city where the sun shines on all.
There's lots going on in October that is healthy and fun in St. Pete! Check out the Healthy St. Pete website for events near you.

Tuesday, October 8 – HoolaFit with Hoola Monsters at Fossil Park from 6-7 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 – Trail Run with St. Pete Running Company at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve from 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday, October 15 – Tai Chi with Martial Fit at Northwest Park from 6-7 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 – Fun Fitness Boot Camp with Fat Daddy Personal Training. Lassing Park, 6-7 p.m.
*NEW CLASS* Saturday, October 26 – Hip Hop Line Dance with Natasha Walker at Lake Vista Park from 9-10 a.m.

October 2019 Quarterly Meeting


October 8, 2019 Quarterly Meeting showcased the Marcus Brooks-Foundation of a Healthy St. Pete. (FHSP) presentation. See photo gallery for more pictures.

New Healthy Kids Program

  The experts at St. Pete Running Company and St. Pete Run Fest want to inspire your kids to live an active and healthy lifestyle. This six-week class series starting Sunday, October 6 will be a fun, action-packed class that will help your little ones get an appreciation for a life-long love of running. All practice sessions will be on Sundays from 2-3 p.m. at a different St. Petersburg park each week. Register here.


If you are a smoker


 who drinks alcohol


 you may qualify for 


a Moffitt Cancer 


Center study.  Call 


Project Rise at 

813-745-1886 today!

Ronnell Montgomery Receives Chamber of St. Petersburg  Commerce Award 

Congratulations to Ronnell Montgomery, former Community Outreach Specialist at the James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center and longtime member of  the Steering Committee for Churches United for Healthy Congregations! Ronnell was the recipient of the 2018 Chamber Member of the Year Award.  Ronnell serves as Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion on the Chamber.  We are so proud of you, Ronnell! 

10th Street Church of God Celebrates Go Red Sunday!

5th Avenue Church of Christ Celebrates Pink Sunday!

Congratulations to Ruby Hope, National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red program.  Join Ruby on February 3, 2017 at Pinellas Technical College for Pink Goes Red, from 6:00pm- 8:00pm. They'll be refreshments, free givieaways, health screenings and line dancing. Hosted by AKA Zeta Upsilon Omega, DST St. Pete Alumnae Chapter.  

10th Street Church of God - Go Red Sunday


Another great church celebrates Go Red Sunday by bringing heart
disease awareness to women in their congregation. 
10th Street Church of God, you are looking good! 

Unity Temple Celebrates Go Red 2016!

 Thanks for stepping up, Unity Temple, and bringing awareness to Heart Disease in women by celebrating Go Red Sunday! If your church celebrated Go Red Sunday, it's not too late to send us a picture. We will be proud to post it! Women supporting other women is a long tradition in church life. CUFHC is pleased to be an advocate for the Heart Association's campaign of Go Red- we have been doing it for ten years! 

5th Avenue Church of Christ Celebrates Go Red Sunday


5th Avenue Church of Christ Celebrates Go Red Sunday!  They were the first church to send us a picture! Make sure to send yours in, too!
Wow!  What's Up, Doc is a Winner!
We had a great workshop  on Health Literacy at the Child's Park YMCA on January 16th. "What's Up Doc? Health Literacy 101"  was part of our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day of Service Project.  Bay Care Faith Community Nursing  staff were our presenters and they did a fabulous job. Big thanks to Dr. Sandra Grosvenor, Mary Hunter and Patti Carr!  We learned so much from you!  Also thank you's to the St. Petersburg Chapter of  National Black Nurses Association, Pinellas Technical College Nursing Students, and Healthy Start at All Children's Hospital. The morning was chock full of good information and practical tips on how to improve health literacy in our community.  
Career Source Pinellas Offers Training Assistance
Training assistance is available for eligible, out-of-school young adults between ages of 16-24.   Primary Eligibility Criteria: An individual who is: Not attending any school: and not younger than 16 or older than age 24 at time of enrollment, and one or more of the following: High school dropout, offender, an individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system, homeless or runaway, an individual who is pregnant or parenting, youth in or aged out of foster care.

Disabled Services include:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Employability skills training
  • Career coaching and guidance
  • Supportive services
  We also provide manufacturing trainings. The next Maintenance and Soldering/Cabling Training classes will start on November 30th . This is a great opportunity for students who recently graduated from high school and are looking to get started in a career or individuals who are working part-time. Contact  bhodzic@careersourcepinellas.com, 727-608-2414.    
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes; 1 in 4 doesn’t know
Red Hot News!  Go Red in the Kitchen
Can't find the time to go to the gym?  Well, you don't have to.  You can go in your kitchen an have a great workout by using the things that are available-- like a sack of potatoes, a roller pin and some cans. Watch Go Red For Women fitness contributor Andia Winslow demonstrate an easy, at-home workout you can do to help improve your heart health. See video.

Stroke Support Group

Whether you have suffered a stroke or care for someone who has, you are eligible to attend Northside Hospital's Stroke Support Group. The group which is facilitated by a registered nurse, meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6006 49th Street N., St. Petersburg at 3:00 pm. For more information, call toll free 1-888-598-9586.

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