Health Priorities, Initiatives & Programs

HEAL Initiative

The goals of the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) initiative are to 1) increase fruit & vegetable consumption and improve portion control; 2) increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior; 3) create an environment that promotes healthy eating and active living without bias against obesity; and 4) achieve long-term sustainability of Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living (IHL) and HEAL initiative.

To achieve significant success in increasing healthy eating and active living on a large scale across the Paso del Norte region, the model of Collective Impact is employed with the IHL as a backbone organization. The IHL is a collaboration between Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, The University of Texas at El Paso, the UT School of Public Health, and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

Nutrition and physical activity have well documented effects on health. Regardless of weight, a high quality diet can combat many chronic diseases. Active living involves two important and distinct components: being physically active and minimizing sedentary time. The HEAL initiative places emphasis on program and policy interventions that positively impact large numbers of residents, are sustainable, can potentially be scaled, and have measurable results.

Strategic Plan

Program Lead: Jana Renner

Affiliated Grants

2019 HEAL: Eat Well Otero

2019 HEAL: "Off to a Good Start: Eating Our Way to a Healthy Life"

2019 HEAL: Edible Education and La Cosecha Community Education

2019 HEAL: Arbol de Vida

2017 HEAL: NMSU Dietetics Intern Program

2020 HEAL: Southwest Dona Ana Move Trail

2020 HEAL: Increasing Access to Healthy Food through the Healthy Food Financing

2020 HEAL: Diabetes Education and Support Program

2020 HEAL: Sabrosa Vida

2020 HEAL: Movimiento Saludable

2020 HEAL: Youth on the Move

2020 HEAL: Healthy Cooking and Nutrition Education for Tornillo Youth and Families

2020 HEAL: More Counts/Mas Cuenta

2020 HEAL: FreshStart

2020 HEAL: Arbol de Vida's HEAL Program

2020 HEAL: Primary Care Obesity Management: System Integration for La Clinica de Familia

2020 HEAL: Converting El Paso Food Pantries to Client Choice Model (year 1 of 3)

2020 HEAL: Programa de Atención Nutricional Para Niños En Ciudad Juárez

2020 HEAL: Desert Critters Trail

2020 HEAL: CATCH the Eagles, if you can!

2020 HEAL: Girls on the Run El Paso 2020-2021 Programming Initiative

2020 HEAL: Superando el desafío: Regimen plant-based y actividades de movimiento

2020 HEAL: HEAL 6

2020 HEAL: The Learn and Play (LAP) Project

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