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Construction on the Playa Drain Trail has begun

February 14, 2018

On Monday, January 22th, Jordan-Foster Construction received the green light to begin construction of 3.4 miles of the Playa Drain Trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside Park. Construction will begin on the Ascarate Park side of the trail and move in one-mile segments until completed.

The Playa Drain Trail is a partnership of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation), City of El Paso and El Paso Water. The Health Foundation is contributing $2.5 million for the design and construction of the trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School. The City of El Paso…

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PDNCF Executive joins Global Ties Board

February 14, 2018

We are pleased to share the announcement that Anna Aleman, Executive Director of the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation, has joined the Global Ties board of directors. Global Ties U.S. is a nonprofit organization that makes international exchange programs more effective. They work with members and the U.S. Department of State to bring current and future leaders from around the world to communities across the United States, including El Paso.

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How to eat more fruit and vegetables

February 14, 2018

Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber and they’re low in calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and blood pressure. So how can you eat more?

Which fruits and vegetables are best?

That’s easy: They’re all good! If you eat many different types of fruits and veggies, you’re sure to get all the different types of nutrients you need. The American Heart Association recommends filling at least half your plate with fruits and veggies in order to make it to the recommended 4 ½ cups of each per day. The good news is…

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"More Counts" in improving the health of individuals living in Colonias communities

January 23, 2018

The Texas A&M University Colonias project “More Counts/Mas Cuenta” has expanded to include another 200 families from Socorro eastbound to Ft. Hancock thanks to a new round of funding from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

More Counts/Mas Cuenta first launched in 2015 as a way to emphasize healthy eating and active lifestyles in Colonias communities. More than 200 families and 600 individuals have been served through the project so far over the past two years.

Now, with a second round of funding from the Health Foundation through its Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative, the…

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$1.1 million grant to create Empower Change: The Paso del Norte Center for Mental and Emotional Well-being

January 19, 2018

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PDNHF) has granted UTEP $1.1 million over two years to create Empower Change: The Paso del Norte Center for Mental and Emotional Well-being. The Center will be the backbone organization for the PDNHF’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-being priority area.

“The Center will lead and support this interdisciplinary cross-organizational effort to build the mental health infrastructure of the Paso del Norte region,” said UTEP Vice Provost John Wiebe, Ph.D., the project’s principal investigator. “There’s a lot of great work happening in the community in…

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Top 10 Tips to Help Children Develop Healthy Habits

January 16, 2018

You can help your child develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits. As a parent, you can encourage your kids to evaluate their food choice and physical activity habits. Be sure to apply these same behaviors to your own life. The best way to lead your child to a healthy lifestyle is to set a positive example yourself.

Here are some tips and guidelines to get you started.

- Be a good role model - You don’t have to be perfect all the time, but if kids see you trying to eat right and getting physically active, they’ll take notice of your efforts. You’ll…

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Paso del Norte Trail Public Meeting - Downtown Segment

January 16, 2018

Join us for a public meeting to get input on the Downtown Segment of the Paso del Norte Trail.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
6:00 -7:30 p.m.
Bowie High School Cafeteria
801 S. San Marcial St.

The Paso del Norte Trail will stretch proposed 50 miles across El Paso County, connecting neighborhoods, providing El Pasoans with a great recreation option, and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Come help us decide what the downtown segment of the trail should look like! To learn more about the Paso del Norte Trail, visit…

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Bianca and Jana promoted to Program Officers

January 16, 2018

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to announce the promotion of Bianca DeLeon and Jana Renner from Associate Program Officer to Program Officers. Ms. DeLeon and Ms. Renner have worked for the Health Foundation for over five years currently managing the Healthy Kids and Healthy Eating Active Living priority areas, respectively.

As of 2018, the program team will be transitioning to new priority areas, initiatives and responsibilities. Below are the changes:

Jana Renner
Priority Area: Healthy Eating and Active Living
Initiative: Healthy Eating and Active Living…

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Health Foundation Board Member receives Community Spirit Award

January 2, 2018

Congratulations to Judy and Kirk Robison for receiving El Paso Inc.’s Community Spirit Award. This is an honor well deserved, as they quietly and generously support local organizations throughout El Paso. Judy is a board member of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and is currently the chairwoman of the Allocations Committee. She has served on the Health Foundation board for the past four years.

To learn more about the Community Spirit Award and the Robison’s dedication to the community, [click on…

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El Paso celebrates 15 years of a smoke-free environment

December 14, 2017

Community advocates recently gathered for a luncheon, hosted by A Smoke Free Paso del Norte, to celebrate El Paso’s 15 years of a smoke-free environment. In 2002, El Paso became the first Texas city to adopt a Clean Indoor Air Ordinance.

A Smoke Free Paso del Norte, an initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, spearheaded the movement by engaging partners across national and international borders to advocate for smoke-free ordinances and polices.

David Lakey, M.D., Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for The University of Texas System, was the…

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