A relentless force for longer, healthier lives.
Our beaches, sports teams, vibrant downtowns, cuisine, and culture keep Tampa Bay on national “Top 10” lists year-round, but what is really at the heart of this exceptional community is our people. Sadly, there are vast disparities in health as not everyone has equal access to healthy foods, safe places to play and exercise, and adequate healthcare.
A mere two miles between neighborhoods could equate to a 15-year difference in life expectancy, and we don’t think it’s fair that a person’s zip code could have more impact on their health than their genetic code. We are working tirelessly to eliminate these social barriers and ensure health equity for all in Tampa Bay.
Nearly 1 in 3 Tampa Bay households will experience food insecurity, or inadequate access to enough healthy food, this year.
Longer and healthier
Our ambitious new 10-year goals focus on helping people everywhere increase their healthy life expectancy. Because everyone deserves more quality time.
It’s important to be safe, careful and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic – and to keep your physical and mental health in mind.
Commit to a healthy future, and together let's build the health of Tampa Bay.
- 2020 Marion County Heart Walk, Location: Ocala Tuscawilla Park, Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 07:30 AM
- 2020 Polk County Heart Walk, Location: Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 07:30 AM
- 2020 Tampa Bay Heart Walk, Location: Raymond James Stadium, Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 07:30 AM
A Culture of Health & Wellness
Everyone deserves the best possible life, and it starts right here in our community.
Managing the pressure around Tampa Bay
There are enough people in Tampa Bay with high blood pressure to fill Raymond James Stadium over 19 times. We are proud to partner with Healthy St. Pete and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue to hold community events that allow people to receive free blood pressure screenings and take-home information on healthy eating and lifestyle changes. And we’d love to help your organization control its blood pressure too!
Serving up fresh foods to those in need
Nearly a third of all households in Tampa Bay lack regular access to nutritious foods, which can lead to poor diets and a variety of negative health outcomes such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. So we have joined forces with the YMCA Veggie Van and Judeo Christian Clinic to screen patients for food insecurity, prescribe healthy diets as part of their treatment plan for chronic diseases, and increase access by providing healthy foods onsite at no cost to patients.
“I’m so proud of the work we are doing to build healthier, longer lives right here in Tampa Bay. We’re addressing barriers to health that exist uniquely in our neighborhoods, spreading critical awareness to all populations, engaging community members of all ages to embrace their health, standardizing treatment protocols in local hospitals and developing research that gives us answers about our nation’s greatest health threat: cardiovascular disease. Together with your support, we are a relentless force for a healthier Tampa Bay.”
Amanda Palumbo, Executive Director
Advocating against Big Vape
1 in 5 high school students report using e-cigarettes and vaping devices, affecting their lung, brain and heart health. We advocate for policy changes like raising the minimum tobacco purchase age to 21. And we urge the FDA to exercise regulatory authority over e-cigarettes and prohibit flavored tobacco products of any kind. Thank you, Hillsborough County for raising the age of vaping sales to 21, but we can do better!
Planting seeds of change one story at a time
Barriers to health within our beautiful community affect our neighbors every day. Factors like lack of transportation, lack of access to nutritious foods, and lack of safe places to play are a few issues that hurt people’s health. PROJECT: Community is a vehicle to share stories affecting our community so that we can ignite action right here in our own backyards.
Go Red for Women, Heart Disease Survivor
Tampa Bay native Maddie Price has dealt with cardiovascular disease her entire life. She was born with congenital heart disease. She had open-heart surgery at nine days old and a second surgery at age three. She’s had two heart transplants and many other procedures. Maddie has graciously shared her inspiring story with audiences all over Tampa Bay and she has supported the American Heart Association as an intern. Maddie could not be more deserving to now be recognized as part of the Go Red for Women® 2020 Class of Real Women.