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Foundation awards new grants to support Healthy Eating and Active Living

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
HEAL
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
FreshStart
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 jrenner@pdnfoundation.org.

El Paso Leading the Charge in National Fight Against Obesity

The latest science shows that obesity is a complex disease that generally requires medical treatment.  At the same time, three hundred thousand El Pasoans struggle with obesity.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention defines obesity as a Body Mass Index (BMI) at or above 30 for an adult. Unfortunately, only a handful of healthcare providers – nationwide – know how to treat this condition. El Paso has been no exception…until now.

In 2018, the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living (IHL) at the University of Texas at El Paso, with funding from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, created two exciting new training programs for healthcare providers and exercise professionals.

These training programs were developed to revolutionize obesity treatment in the region and serve as an example of how medical obesity management can change lives.

There are very few models currently available nationally to train health professionals in obesity management. Obesity is a complex problem because it can be caused by a variety of factors, which may be dependent upon a person’s age, gender, genetics or a multitude of other interconnected elements.

This poses a challenge for healthcare providers, as there is no outright solution to the issue of rising obesity rates.

“Building an Exercise Toolbox for your Patient or Clients with Obesity” is a series of workshops that target professionals who work in the exercise field, such as personal trainers, physical therapists, exercise physiologists and others.

Participants gain basic knowledge of the exercise programming adaptations to consider when working with adults with obesity and how to safely begin an exercise program.  Specific goals, considerations and health outcomes to focus in the clinical, home-based, and community settings will be addressed, with an emphasis on developing practical, tailored, everyday approaches to help patients or clients safely and effectively engage in exercise prescriptions.

The workshop is geared towards exercise professionals but is open to members of the public and healthcare professionals. The next workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6. Click here for more information.

The second program, “Practical Obesity Management Course” is a partnership with the IHL and MetaboLogix, which features intensive instruction from a group of internationally renowned obesity experts.

This first-of-its-kind obesity management course targets practical, applied training of multi-disciplinary teams of providers who work together and/or are part of a referral network because, as a complex disease, obesity management requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Attendees include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and dietitians.

I’m proud to say that, because of the commitment from local healthcare providers who took part in the training, El Paso now has one of the highest obesity provider-to-patient rations in the country. Through the efforts of the IHL and the Health Foundation, El Paso is a model city for medical obesity management training which can revolutionize obesity treatment, not just in the region, but nationally.

If you are an exercise or healthcare professional in the region, who would like to attend the February 6 workshop or if you would like more information about obesity, obesity management and future training courses, contact the Institute for Healthy Living at The University of Texas at El Paso at 915-747-6449.

Author: Jana Renner, Program Officer, Paso del Norte Health Foundation

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