Common misconceptions in physical activity

June 1, 2017

How many times have you heard people say “Physical activity sweats off fat” or “I’m too busy to exercise”?

These are a few misconceptions that are accepted as fact by people who are attempting to incorporate physical activity into their daily lifestyles.

Below is a list of four common myths, as well as clarifications, which are common misconceptions in physical activity.

Area reduction is possible: Area reduction basically means that a person loses body fat in a particular area (e.g., the stomach). Unfortunately, this is not true! Remember, it is your body and your…

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Offices Closed

May 26, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

The office will reopen for business on Tuesday, May 30.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Funding Opportunity - Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

May 24, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to invite applicants to submit professional qualifications to fulfill the duties of a Backbone Organization for the Healthy Kids Priority Area. The Healthy Kids Priority Area promotes programs and policies to increase protective factors for youth.

Deadline to submit qualifications: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Protect yourself from the sun

May 24, 2017

Follow these 5 steps to protect yourself from the sun.

  • When exercising outdoors, make sure you SLIP on some light-colored clothing. If possible, try wearing some long-sleeved shirts.

  • During the middle of the day the sunrays are the strongest. SLOP on sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher. For those individuals that are under medication, make sure you check with your doctor or pharmacist to find what SPF is better for you; some medications can increase the skin sensitivity.

  • Protect your ears, neck and face: SLAP on a wide rim hat.

  • SEEK shade.

  • SLIDE on sunglasses to…

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Eat Well! El Paso program helps to provide healthier meals

May 22, 2017

When it comes to the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative, more is better.

The more multi-disciplined the approach, the greater the odds a cross-section of the region will benefit.

The more there is a mixture of programs that teach people the skills they need to live a healthier life and availability of nutritious food to make healthy lifestyle choices, the better the chances that HEAL will take root and create lifelong habits.

This is where the City of El Paso’s Eat Well! El Paso campaign comes into play. Eat Well! El Paso…

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Health Foundation recognized as the Golden Impact Community Partner by UTEP

May 18, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation) was recognized by the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) as a Golden Impact Community Partner. This is given to an organization for their commitment to the university and contributions to student success. The College of Health Sciences nominated the Health Foundation.

UTEP created this award to give thanks to those individuals or organizations in the community that invested their time and resources to provide students with a valuable academic experience outside the classroom that has enhanced their education. President Diana…

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Great feedback from first Playa Drain Trail Community Meeting

May 18, 2017

Thank you to everyone that attended the Playa Drain Trail Community Meeting. There was great feedback and discussions. If you were unable to attend, there will be another opportunity to give us your input on Wednesday, June 28 - Riverside High School Cafeteria at 6 pm.

Click on link below to view the presentation that was shared at the meeting. (Large file - please be patient) Playa Drain Trail - Phase I Presentation

Click on link below to view Phase I Study Areas of Playa Drain Trail.
Playa Drain Trail - Phase I Study area

Click on link below to review public comments.
Public Meeting Group Comments - May 17, 2017

Photos from May 17 Community…

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Sharon Butterworth honored for her dedication to mental health issues

May 9, 2017

There are few leaders in our community who are as knowledgeable, determined and gracious as El Paso’s own Sharon Butterworth.

Sharon has spent more than two decades working to improve services for and change the perceptions about people with mental illness in our region and across the state. She’s served as a community-advocate and leader on multiple local and state boards dedicated to mental health and social services. She travels frequently to Austin to engage with state leaders and brings state leaders to El Paso to learn about the needs in our community. She’s earned many awards for…

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Playa Drain Trail Community Meeting

May 5, 2017

To keep El Pasoans safe and active, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation is partnering with the City of El Paso and El Paso Water to build a linear trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School. The planned Playa Drain Trail will run parallel to loop 375/border highway on the banks of a former irrigation ditch.

The 3.4 mile trail will offer opportunity for recreation and physical activity (walking/biking) for use by residents throughout the region and as an alternative to driving for near-by residents, and is part of the Health Foundation’s commitment to making active living the easy…

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Above all Safety!

May 2, 2017

Now that you are determined to start a healthier lifestyle, make sure you follow these practical guidelines that will ensure your physical activity to be SAFE and FUN!

  • Whether you’re just beginning or increasing your current workout, be sure to consult with your physician.
  • If you are just starting, begin slowly and gradually increase duration, intensity and frequency.
  • Warming up and stretching significantly reduce the chances of injury.
  • Participate in physical activities with a friend.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity.
  • Do not…
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