Foundation Awards New 2017 Grants to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living

September 12, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 10 grants totaling more than $1.5 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. Funded organizations are:

Arbol de Vida - $142,973.88
To promote physical fitness and nutrition among children in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Border Partners - $78,672.00
Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Binational Border Region of Luna County, New Mexico and Puerto Palomas de Villa, Chihuahua, MX
To offer promotora-led nutrition classes, home gardening and the creation of facilities for physical activity to increase fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity opportunities for 1,400 children and their families in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Children at Risk - $6,000.00
El Paso Legislative Update
To provide a legislative debrief in El Paso, Texas.

Ciudadanos Comprometidos con la Paz, A.C. - $176,722.44
Movimiento Saluable
To provide healthy meals, teach portion control and preparation of healthy foods and offer physical activities for 250 children ages 6-16 across six community centers in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México over 12 months.

Counseling Center Inc. - $31,328.00
Eat Well Otero
A partnership with Otero County Community Health Council to implement the Eat Well Otero program, which helps restaurants offer healthier options and standardized appropriate portion sizes in Otero County, New Mexico over 12 months.

Kelly Memorial Food Pantry - $143,535.00
FreshStart @Kelly, Phase 2
To pilot test sustainability of the Fresh Place model to assist pantry clients in achieving self-sufficiency in El Paso, Texas.

Las Cruces Public Schools - $157,131.00
Las Cruces Healthy and Fit Project
To implement health and physical education programs, promote staff wellness, and strengthen the school systems comprehensive school health office for Las Cruces Public Schools.

New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc. - $212,602.50
Aggie Play
To encourage young girls after-school to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity through mentorship by female volunteer role-models (i.e., NMSU female student-athletes) over 24 months in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc. - $96,197.20
NMSU Dietetics Intern Program
To increase the annual graduation of Registered Dietitians (RDs) from 6 to 12 per year and prepare additional qualified professionals to fill open RDs position in the Paso del Norte region.

Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center - $262,101.62
Off to a Good Start Eating Our Way to a Healthy Life
To introduce, implement and sustain the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Program® in the Paso del Norte region. The SOS helps children with special needs eat healthy.

Texans Care for Children - $6,000.00
General purpose grant in support of policy and advocacy programs to improve the health and wellness of Texas children and families
To provide a legislative debrief in El Paso, Texas.

Texas A&M University - $214,783.00
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 and providing training to promotoras over 19 months.

For more information on these grants, call Michael Kelly, Vice President of Programs at 915-544-7636 or

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