Eat Well! El Paso, El Paso, Texas

Jurisdiction Name: El Paso
State/Province: TX
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 649,121
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: Web
Policy type: program
Year: 2013
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food production
Keywords: children, families, health, health food, health promoting, healthy choices, healthy eating, nutrition education
Adopting Government Department(s):

El Paso City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): City of El Paso Department of Public Health
Support Entity(s):

El Paso Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Colleges of Health Science at the University of Texas at El Paso

Funding Amount: $296,571 from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2017
Funding Sources: Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living
Policy Outcome(s):

Eat Well! El Paso is a program with the goal of improving “the local food environment by expanding healthy food options for children and their families.” The program also advocates for, and educates, on the health impacts of eating good food. The program also hosts a ‘restaurant initiative,’ which encourages and subsequently recognizes restaurants that modify their menus to provide healthier food and beverage options to children. Only a year after the program’s implementation, 25 locally-owned restaurants participated in the restaurant initiative; by 2017, this number had increased to a total of 33 restaurants. The program has since expanded to encourage and recognize modified adult menus, food trucks, and chain restaurants. Eat Well! El Paso also offers nutrition training during food handler classes.

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