The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 12 grants totaling more than $1.9 million under the Healthy Eating and Active Living Priority Area – HEAL Initiative.
According to PdNHF officials, the purpose of the HEAL initiative is to make healthy eating and active living the easy choice for youth and their families.
Via the PdNHF website, the goals of the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) initiative are explained:
1) increase fruit & vegetable consumption and improve portion control; 2) increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior; 3) create an environment that promotes healthy eating and active living without bias against obesity; and 4) achieve long-term sustainability of Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living (IHL) and HEAL initiative.
The IHL is a collaboration between Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, The University of Texas at El Paso, the UT School of Public Health, and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.
Funded organizations are:
Arbol de Vida – $139,963.63
To provide nutritious meals and physical activities to children in Rancho Anapra and Loma de Poleo in Ciudad Juárez, México.
Border Partners – $98,120.00
HEAL – Year 5
To establish home and school gardens and greenhouses, provide promotora-led nutrition, exercise, and gardening science classes to students, provide nutritious lunches to schools, teach exercise classes to children and adults, and maintain facilities and sports leagues for physical activity in Palomas, México.
Ciudadanos Comprometidos con la Paz, A.C. – $282,342.50
Movimiento Saludable (MOVS)
To provide healthy meals and offer physical activities to children, and teach portion control and preparation of healthy foods for their families across eight schools in Ciudad Juárez, México.
El Paso Diabetes Association, Inc. – $183,559.00
Diabetes Education and Support
To offer diabetes education services, coordinate a diabetes educator network and build the service capacity of the El Paso Diabetes Association in El Paso, Texas.
Kelly Memorial Food Pantry – $123,537.00
To assist low-income, food insecure adults in achieving goals towards a more independent and food secure life in El Paso, Texas.
La Semilla Food Center – $338,899.00
Edible Education and La Cosecha Community Education (Conditional three-year grant)
To implement a teacher-training model to provide school garden and nutrition education programming, sustained support and capacity building to schools, and training workshops for community organizations seeking to implement community gardens in Doña Ana County, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.
New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc. – $46,992.00
Eat Well Otero
To provide tools and support to increase healthy menu options and standardize appropriate portion sizes in restaurants for Otero County, New Mexico.
Organizacion Popular Independiente, A.C. – $43,240.69
Pequeños Pasos para Grandes Desafios
To train child care providers in nutrition and physical education, implement program for children less than seven-years old in Ciudad Juárez, México.
Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center – $455,126.92
Off to a good Start: Eating Our Way to a Healthy Life
To maintain a clinic and serve 180 children with feeding difficulties and educate 200 parents and providers about feeding difficulties in children in El Paso.
Texas A&M University – $181,671.00
More Counts/Mas Cuenta
To provide promotora-led direct service healthy eating classes and family physical activity opportunities to intergenerational families living in colonia communities of Far East El Paso County and Hudspeth County.
Texans Care for Children – $25,000.00
General purpose grant to support policy and advocacy programs to improve the health and wellness of Texas children and families
To support research and advocacy to improve healthy eating and physical activity in Texas children.
The University of Texas at El Paso – $20,127.00
Diabetes Assessment in the County of El Paso, Texas
To complete the community engagement portion of a diabetes assessment report for El Paso, Texas.
For more information on these grants, call Jana Renner, program officer at 915-218-2616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.