October 23, 2022
Developing healthy eating habits can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. The Paso del Norte Health Foundation has partnered with a variety of organizations to promote healthy eating across the region.
The Mustard Seed Café and Amigos Garden recently received a grant through the Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Initiative to provide healthier meals at the cafe with the hiring of a part-time nutrition educator and nutritional and gardening classes to their Vida Natural program participants.
Nutritional classes include emphasis on identifying healthy portion sizes and increasing fruits and vegetables in one’s diet, which can be accomplished by growing fruits and vegetables in the Café’s garden.
“We are teaching that eating the right portion, incorporating seasonals fruits and vegetables, and adding any kind of physical activity in our daily routine is essential to decreasing the risk of chronic and mental diseases,” said Ms. Carmen Estrada, Executive Director, The Mustard See Café. “One of our goals through the Amigo Healthy Eating and Healthy Living program is to help the community understand that, yes, it is possible to live a healthy life even with a tight budget.”
The Mustard Seed Café is a nonprofit, donation-based café that provides delicious and nutritious meals to a vulnerable population that includes children, teens, individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors and the homeless. Currently, the Café is serving an average of 3,000 meals per month.
For more information, visit mustardseedcafe.org or call 915-440-7333.
PDNHF Priority Area: Healthy Living
PDNHF Initiative: Healthy Eating
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