Initiatives & Programs

Healthy Eating and Active Living

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

2018 PRK: Construction and construction management of the Playa Drain

2018 PRK: Playa Drain Mosaic Project


2017 HEAL: FreshStart @ Kelly, Phase 2

2017 HEAL: Las Cruces Healthy and Fit Project

2017 HEAL: General purpose grant in support of policy and advocacy programs to improve the health and wellness of Texas children and families.

2017 HEAL: Off to a Good Start: Eating Our Way to a Healthy Life

2017 HEAL: Movimiento Saludable (MOVS)

2017 HEAL: MoreCounts/MasCuenta

2017 HEAL: Aggie Play

2017 HEAL: Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Binational Border Region of Luna County, New Mexico and  Puerto Palomas de Villa, Chihuahua, MX 

2017 HEAL: Eat Well Otero

2017 HEAL: NMSU Dietetics Intern Program

2016 HEAL: Edible Education

2016 HEAL: Full CATCH

2014 HEAL: Creating a Culture of Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Paso del Norte Region

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Health Foundation leaders among those inducted to the Women Hall of Fame

March 21, 2018

Nine outstanding women in the community were inducted into the 2018 El Paso Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame. These women were honored for the significant impact they have made in the El Paso community, either professionally or as a volunteer.

Special congratulations to Tracy Yellen, CEO, Paso del Norte Healt…

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