Health Priorities, Initiatives & Programs

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 clearly associates healthy eating to 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 behaviors in selecting, preparing, cooking, and eating heathy foods and policy and promotion activities that encourage healthy eating.

Program Lead: Jana Renner

Awarded Grants

Project Title Organization Grant Amount
2021 HEA: Arbol de Vida Arbol de Vida $151,905.35
2021 HEA: Healthy Eating and Active Living in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico Border Partners $134,400.00
2020 HEAL: Healthy Cooking and Nutrition Education for Tornillo Youth and Families Common Threads $36,158.00
2021 HEA: Tasterspace - Expanding Food Education Among School Aged Children Desert Spoon Food Hub $98,290.00
2021 HEA: Sabrosa Vida Cooking Class El Paso Diabetes Association, Inc. $27,060.00
2020 HEAL: Converting El Paso Food Pantries to Client Choice Model El Pasoans Fighting Hunger $110,734.00
2021 HEA: Kelly FreshStart Kelly Memorial Food Pantry $145,992.00
2020 HEAL: FreshStart Kelly Memorial Food Pantry $196,350.00
2021 HEA: La Semilla Edible Education and Community Education La Semilla Food Center $350,482.00
2019 HEAL: "Off to a Good Start: Eating Our Way to a Healthy Life" Paso del Norte Children's Development Center $455,126.92
2021 HEA: Primary Care Obesity Management: Efficacy and Implementation Evaluation The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston $147,902.00

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