Eat Well! El Paso is a DPH program made possible through support from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.
The main purpose of the program is to improve the local food environment by expanding healthy food options for children and their families.
We also work to increase awareness and knowledge of the positive effects that healthy food choices can have on our health and our community. It has three complementary and interrelated initiatives that advance how El Pasoans think and relate to the food we provide our youngest citizens.
The Eat Well! El Paso program is endorsed by:
If you are interested in participating or for more information please contact:
Joy Leos Department of Public Health Health Education & Promotion Eat Well! El Paso Program 915-212-6592
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) Eat Well! El Paso Restaurant Initiative is a FREE voluntary restaurant recognition program of locally owned full service restaurants which successfully increase healthy food choices for children in their menu by improving entrée and side offerings, using healthier cooking methods, and offering healthier beverage options. Restaurants are not required to already have a children’s menu to participate. Owners receive assistance from nutrition professionals, at no cost, to create a new children’s menu with more healthful food selections for families and their children when they eat out. By becoming an Eat Well! El Paso restaurant, these businesses are not only responding to current industry and customer trends toward healthier and fresher foods and they help create a healthier food environment for our community. Participating restaurants also receive support to produce and market their new healthy children’s menu and will be recognized and promoted as an Eat Well! El Paso restaurant.
The El Paso Restaurant Association, the El Paso Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Colleges of Health Science at UTEP endorse Eat Well! El Paso. It is made possible through a Healthy Eating Active Living grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.
The number of overweight and obese children in the US is rising. In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Kids who are obese are at a much greater risk for serious chronic health problems now and later in life such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. A key to reducing childhood obesity is good nutrition. Children who eat nutritious food and are active have a greater chance of becoming healthy adults. Studies also show that children who are not overweight or obese are happier, do better in school, and enjoy higher self-esteem and confidence.
In the U.S., eating out is a growing and significant part of families’ diets. American’s spend half of their food budget (46%) on eating out. Eating out has also been associated with adult and childhood obesity. It is important to help families make healthier choices when eating outside the home. Restaurants can play an important role in helping families with this. They can provide information, make small changes in food preparation, and offer healthier beverages, sides, and entrees in their menus.
Many fast food establishments are already responding to by posting calories and nutrition information on their menus in order to help customers make informed choices. Smaller non-chain restaurants may not have the capability on how to include healthy options on their children’s menus. The Eat Well! El Paso program works with locally owned restaurant owners, who want to voluntarily make healthy changes to their menu. Our program staff guides restaurants owners to help them make effective and practical changes to their menus to make them healthier.
Food service establishments located in the County of El Paso, TX which:
Becoming an Eat Well! El Paso, restaurant is easy!
These restaurants are participating in the Eat Well! El Paso Healthy Children’s Menu Initiative:
Andale Mexican Cuisine 9201 Gateway Blvd W El Paso, TX 79925 (915) 590-5999 Mac’s Place 1420 N Lee Trevino Dr El Paso, TX (915) 328-4151 Mac’s Place 203 E Mills Ave El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 228-9630 Track One 1330 Robert E Lee Rd El Paso, TX 79925 (915) 779-2170 Forti's Mexican Elder 321 Chelsea 79905 (915) 772-0066 Los Aguachiles 7500 N. Mesa, #107 79912 (915) 585-7588 La Tierra Café 1731 Montana Ave 79902 (915) 533-8890 Garufa Argentinean Restaurant 5411 N. Mesa 79912 (915) 833-6100
Mi Pueblo Nuevo Restaurant 5630 Gateway E. 79905 (915) 781-7333
Gonzolo’s G&R Restaurant 401 E. Nevada 79902 (915) 546-9343 The Pizza Joint 2900 N. Mesa 79902 (915) 533-4066 Good Coffee 810 Piedras 79903 (915) 566-5953 Café La Malinche 1321 N. Zaragoza 79936 (915) 592-5056 Zino's Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine 7040 N Mesa, Ste H 79912 (915) 584-8166 R&B Kitchen 9787 McCombs St El Paso, TX 79924 (915) 757-1515 Okoli Café 800 N Zaragoza Rd El Paso, TX 79907 (915) 859-1163 Ripe Eatery 910 E Redd Rd, Ste A El Paso, TX 79912 (915) 584-7473 Good Luck Café 3813 Alameda Ave El Paso, TX 79905 (915) 532-9039
El Jacalito Restaurant 2130 Myrtle Ave El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 532-4643 Zino’s Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine 6590 Montana Ave, Ste H El Paso, TX 79912 (915) 584-8166 The Pizza Joint 500 N Stanton El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 260-5556 Ke’Flauta 5100 Doniphan Dr El Paso, TX 79932 (915) 581-4028 Caffé Fioretti 3429 Montana Ave El Paso, TX 79903 (915) 562-4600 The Grooovy Smoothie 702 Wyoming Ave El Paso, TX 79902 (915) 532-0362 Casa Pizza 1311 Magruder 79925 (915) 775-2010 T Coasters 9530 Viscount, Suite 1AA (915) 592-0444