Health Priorities, Initiatives & Programs

Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is associated with positive health outcomes across the lifespan. In addition to decreasing people’s risk of chronic disease, physical activity can improve cognitive function in youth, reduce anxiety and depression risk and improve sleep, and reduce the risk of fall-related injuries in older adults. Despite these benefits, many do not engage in the recommended amount of daily physical activity. The Health Foundation’s stake in physical activity began in the early 2000’s with Walk El Paso. More recently, the Health Foundation constructed the Playa Drain Trail demonstration project and is partnering with regional stakeholders for the development of the Paso del Norte Trail network. Other areas of emphasis include the promotion of physical activity through educational programs, campaigns, and trail and park use.

More recently, the Health Foundation constructed the Playa Drain Trail demonstration project and is partnering with regional stakeholders for the development of the Paso del Norte Trail network.

Program Lead: Jana Renner


Awarded Grants

Project Title Organization Grant Amount
2020 HEAL: CATCH the Eagles, if you can! Canutillo Independent School District $49,555.00
2020 HEAL: Southwest Dona Ana Move Trail City of Las Cruces $350,000.00
2021 PHA: More Counts/Mas Cuenta Texas A&M University $167,053.70

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News

Trail News

January 19, 2022

The Paso del Norte Trail is a community-driven, collaborative effort started by the Health Foundation to develop a 68-mile county-wide trail in El Paso County. The goal is to create a regionally significant landmark that promotes active transportation, preserves the history and culture of our region, highlights the…

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