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Battling the ‘Quarantine 15’

Battling the ‘Quarantine 15’

September 7, 2020

Have you been packing on the pounds over the last several months? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. 

Dubbed the “Quarantine 15,” the weight gain many have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic is a nationwide phenomenon.


Gabriela Gallegos Natural Drive to the Finish Line

Gabriela Gallegos “Crossing a finish line creates an exhilaration you don’t get often as an adult – working toward a goal and having it play out.”

August 29, 2020

The little boy struggled to finish the race, running well behind the others. So, race organizer Gabriela Gallegos sent a couple of volunteers to run with him. The boy finished the race with a huge smile on his face.


UTHealth School of Public Health El Paso campus celebrates new building and new dean

The Cardwell Collaborative is a biomedical research and technology commercialization building, and new home of the UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso.

October 23, 2019

A move to the heart of a dynamic new home for health care institutions is symbolic of the legacy that UTHealth School of Public Health has built in 27 years in El Paso. Along with enjoying the energy of its new home, the school is celebrating the naming of the campus’s dean, Kristina Mena, MSPH, PhD, an 18-year resident of the city.


El Paso Healthy Schools Policy Agenda

El Paso Healthy Schools Policy Agenda

August 14, 2019

The Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids to work with community members and school districts to identify issue areas and adopt a policy and implementation plan for improvement.


El Paso County Opens Application Process for $1 Million in Healthy Food Financing Initiative Funds

Grocery Store Produce Display

July 19, 2019

El Paso – El Paso County has broken new ground as the first county in the country to establish a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) to increase access to healthy and affordable food. In December of 2018, El Paso County allocated $500,000 of the County Economic Development Impact Fund to start the initiative. With this investment, the County will offer grants and low-interest loans to develop and expand healthy food retail and infrastructure in high-need areas of El Paso County.


How to Talk to Your Healthcare Provider about Your Weight

How to Talk to Your Healthcare Provider about Your Weight

July 1, 2019

We have all heard the news – obesity has reached epidemic levels. You or someone you know is likely to suffer from this complex, chronic disease.

That is right – obesity is a disease. It is not a lack of willpower. It is not caused by laziness. In fact, it is not caused by food or a lack of exercise. Obesity is caused by an inability of the body to regulate energy balance (calories in, calories out, or both).


Stop the Patient Blame Game: What Actually Causes Obesity?

Stop the Patient Blame Game: What Actually Causes Obesity?

March 4, 2019

Successful prevention or treatment of obesity is fraught with many difficulties, including challenges in having open patient-clinician conversations and overcoming stigma.

These difficulties are further heightened because obesity is often considered to have a simple cause, when in fact it is a complex disease with a multifactorial etiology.





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