Providing positive behaviors to children in Ciudad Juárez

September 17, 2022

A lifestyle that consists of physical activity and proper nutrition is important to one’s overall quality of life. This is why the Paso del Norte Health Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations in the region to promote positive behaviors to improve health and prevent disease.

Recently, Arbol de Vida was awarded a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Living priority area to provide nutritious meals and physical activity to 100 children five-days a week in Rancho Anapra and Loma de Poleo in Ciudad Juárez, MX. Funding supports a registered nutritionist to advise kitchen staff on portion sizes and teaches children and families nutrition education at Arbol de Vida and at community events. Much of the produce used in the meals come from Arbol de Vida’s garden and orchard. Children participate in structured physical activity, such as dancing, sports, and games in a safe environment with plenty of space to run, play, and engage in daily physical activity. Arbol de Vida has cared for over 10,000 children since it was founded in 1994. It’s a place where children receive support to reach for their dreams.

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PDNHF Priority Area: Healthy Living

To support efforts that promote positive behaviors to prevent disease including healthy eating, physical activity, smoking/vaping prevention, and positive opportunities for youth.

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PDNHF Initiative: Healthy Eating

A high-quality diet with appropriate daily caloric intake provides essential nutrients, helps people maintain a healthy weight, and decreases their risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. Evidence associates healthy eating with better health outcomes; however, many people do not consume the daily recommended levels of nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, that make up a healthy diet. The Health Foundation’s focus in the Healthy Eating initiative is educational programs, such as nutrition and cooking classes, that influence behavior in selecting, preparing, cooking, and eating healthy foods and policy and promotion activities that encourage healthy eating.

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Foundation Staff: Jana Renner

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