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Foundation Awards New Grants to Support Healthy Eating, Active Living

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation awarded 10 grants totaling more than $1.2 million under the Healthy Eating and Active Living Priority Area – HEAL Initiative.

The purpose of the HEAL initiative is to make healthy eating and active living the easy choice for youth and their families.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is one of the largest private foundations on the U.S. – Mexico border. It was established in 1995 from the sale of Providence Memorial Hospital to Tenet Healthcare Corporation for $130 million.

The Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and promote the wellness of the people living in far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico through education and prevention.

The funded organizations are:

Border Partners – $62,700.00

Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Border Region of Luna County, New Mexico and Palomas, Chihuahua
To offer promotora-led nutrition classes, home gardening instruction, and lead community efforts to update recreational facilities for physical activity for 1,400 children and their families in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Centro de Asesoria y Promocion Juvenil, A.C. (CASA) – $129,800.00

Build healthy children, families and communities
To increase fruit and vegetable intake by meal provision, nutrition education, and creating home gardens. Also to provide opportunities for physical activity for disadvantaged adolescents and adults across five CASA community centers in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico over the next 12 months.

Ciudadanos Comprometidos con la Paz, A.C. – $146,179.00

Healthy Movement

To provide meals and teach portion control and preparation of healthy foods. Also to offer physical activities for 200 children ages 6-16 across five community centers in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico – $118,918.00

Early Child Nutrition Education Program          

To increase fruit and vegetable consumption among children ages 3-5 years by use of the HOP’N Home curriculum in child care centers in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.

La Semilla Food Center – $192,776.10

Edible Education          

To use a three-tiered teacher-training model to provide school garden and nutrition education programming to schools in Doña Ana County, New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas.

Las Cruces Public Schools – $280,927.00

Las Cruces Public Schools Healthy and Fit Project          

To adapt and pilot test, health and physical education components into the curricula and initiate staff wellness programs at schools in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc. – $74,573.40

Aggie Play

To offer college-age female athletes community service hours to teach elementary girls the benefit of an active lifestyle, while engaging in physical activity in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Texans Care for Children – $25,000.00

General Support Grant in Support of Children’s Health and Policy and Advocacy Program
To help Texans Care for Children strengthen statewide Texas obesity and healthy living policy initiatives through policy analysis, advocacy, collaboration, and strategic communication.

The FEMAP Foundation – $130,000.00

Children’s Nutritional Assessment and Care       

To increase fruit and vegetable intake by meal provision and nutrition education. Also to provide opportunities for physical activity for 500 disadvantaged children in after-school programs across five elementary schools in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Ysleta Independent School District – $80,000.00

Full CATCH    

To use the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) program as a comprehensive approach to school health in 23 elementary schools, in El Paso, Texas.

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