From Our Team
Kids should have a caring and trusted adult in their lives
Posted on November 19, 2018 by Bianca De León
Growing up, I have distinct memories of confiding in two trusted adults in my life who weren’t my parents. The first was my Aunt Gloria. I remember talking to her about a lot of things in my formative years — everything from going to college to my friends. She was also the relative closest to me when I was in college and my go-to person when I was homesick or overwhelmed. The other trusted adult in my life was Mrs. Glover. She was the mother of a high school friend. I confided in Mrs. Glover about stressful situations. She always seemed happy to lend a listening ear and share her wisdom. I…
Adults control the environments in which young people learn about alcohol
Posted on October 2, 2018 by Guest Author
Fall is the time for football, holidays, and activities that bring families and friends together. Unfortunately, it is also a time when underage drinking occurs.
If you have been to an EPISD high football game in the last few weeks, you probably heard an announcement regarding the importance and the consequences of hosting underage drinking parties. This announcement is intended to educate parents and teens about a new effort to tackle underage drinking.
A social host ordinance went into effect in El Paso in June 2017. This ordinance holds property owners, parents, and other adults…
Parents role in preventing bullying
Posted on September 5, 2018 by Enrique Mata
As the 2018-2019 school year begins, kids are starting off fresh with new opportunities to develop friendships and social networks. This is a special time when life-long connections can form. It can also be an emotionally challenging time. In addition to getting to know teachers and getting familiar with school assignments, parents must be vigilant to prevent childhood bullying.
According to the StopBullying.gov website, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social….
Discover more about the region with innovative website
Posted on August 2, 2018 by Dr. Michael Kelly
With all that’s going-on in medical reform, talk of taxing certain foods and drinks, improving regional mass transit, and a changing economy, I have lots of questions like:
How many children in El Paso County have medical insurance? What is the obesity rate? Is lack of sleep a problem in El Paso? How does the region compare with number of primary care providers?
Fortunately for residents of the Paso del Norte region there is a simple, fast, and free way to get these answers and more by accessing www.healthypasodelnorte.org. This website is available to you, in English and Spanish. …
The importance of afterschool programs for children
Posted on July 2, 2018 by Guest Author
At a recent conference I attended, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams shared that afterschool programs provided him with a foundation that guided him throughout his successful life. Dr. Adams also shared that his brother, who unfortunately didn’t have the same afterschool opportunities, is in prison less than 50 miles away from Dr. Adam’s D.C. office.
Across our region and nation, there are various types of afterschool programs available to youth year-round. Dr. Adams story demonstrates some of the benefits of participating in afterschool programs, but there are many more…
Eating more fruits and vegetables is a health benefit
Posted on June 13, 2018 by Jana Renner
It’s summer, and that means a greater variety of fruit and vegetable options at the grocery store. Watermelon and cantaloupe are my children’s summer favorites. Even with summer options, it isn’t easy for us to get recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 12 percent of Americans report eating the recommended amount of fruit (1.5 to 2 cups per day depending on your age and amount of physical activity). Even less, 9 percent, eat the recommended amount of vegetables (2 to 3 cups per day). However, 2/3 of Americans…
Exercising for your Mental Health
Posted on May 10, 2018 by Guest Author
Mental health is an important part of everyone’s life. It shapes how we think, feel and act when we’re alone and when we interact with the environment. Many times, when we think of mental health, we focus on an illness or a condition, but just like our physical well-being, we all vary in mental healthiness. Much like physical health, mental health requires regular maintenance.
Exercise is good for the body, but did you know it is also good for the mind? While many praise the physical benefits of working out, decades of research indicate that it can also improve an individual’s mental…
Supporting the dental needs of the community
Posted on March 28, 2018 by Anna Alemán
Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) is a mobile dental clinic that travels around the state providing free basic dental care to Texans with limited resources and/or access to care.
The last time El Paso hosted TMOM was in 2003. Thanks to a partnership between the El Paso District Dental Society, Texas Dental Association’s Smiles Foundation, Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation and dedicated volunteers, the dental clinic will be in El Paso on April 13 and 14 at Silva Health Magnet High School.
The two-day dental mission will bring hundreds of dental professionals and volunteers together to…
Tobacco industry using e-cigarettes to appeal to youth
Posted on March 5, 2018 by Enrique Mata
A key part of growing up is sharing experiences with trusted adults. The memories of these experiences, good or bad, can have a lifelong impact on youth.
This is especially true when it comes to the use of tobacco products. Research has shown that youth are less likely to use tobacco products when their parents disapprove of tobacco use; their relationships with parents include a balance of expressing care, providing support, and challenging growth; they do well in school and are involved in out of school activities; their friends are substance free; and they have self-control and…
Don't give up on your New Year Resolutions
Posted on February 5, 2018 by Dr. Michael Kelly
It is well into the new year and while some people have kept their New Year’s resolutions, others have not. If you are one who has set (and kept) a resolution to be healthier, congratulations; if not, don’t feel too bad. Changing the way one eats, exercises, consumes alcohol, smokes, sleeps or engages in any number of health behaviors is complex.
If just knowing the benefits of exercise would cause people to be active, then we would all exercise; if knowing that smoking was harmful, we would stop smoking. But, this is not the case. While information is helpful and frequently…