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

Healthy Eating

Awarded Grants

Project Title Organization Grant Amount
Arbol de Vida dba Tree of Life Children's Home and Comedor Arbol de Vida $160,587.77
HEAL 8 Border Partners $165,852.50
Hands-On Cooking and Nutrition Education for El Paso Students and Families Common Threads $212,905.00
Expansion and Adaptation of TasterSpace, a Food Education Program Desert Spoon Food Hub $173,626.00
Sabrosa Vida Program El Paso Center for Diabetes $37,609.00
FreshStart at Kelly Center for Hunger Relief Kelly Center for Hunger Relief $238,480.00
Cultivating health through foodways education in school and community spaces La Semilla Food Center $409,291.81
Continental Cooking and Gardening for Adolescents and Teens New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc. $51,253.40
Chefs en Acción Organizacion Popular Independiente, A.C. $57,034.74
Off to a Good Start: Eating Our Way to a Healthy Life Paso del Norte Children's Development Center $139,886.00
Amigos Healthy Eating and Healthy Living Program The Mustard Seed Café -- A Community Cafe $37,436.30
Primary Care Obesity Management: Efficacy and Implementation Evaluation The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston $147,902.00


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