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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 following restaurants are participating in the Eat Well! El Paso Healthy Children’s Menu Initiative:

The Green Ingredient
201 E. Main St. 79901

Chubb's BBQ
5810 Dyer 79904

Casa Pizza
1311 Magruder 79925

T Coasters
9530 Viscount, Suite 1AA

The Healthy Pizza Company
3800 N. Mesa, Ste C-9 79912

Forti's Mexican Elder
321 Chelsea 79905

Los Aguachiles
7500 N. Mesa, #107 79912

Mambo’s Restaurant
6401 Alameda 79905

Sam’s Chinese Restaurant
1501 E. Yandell 79902

La Tierra Café
1731 Montana Ave 79902

Garufa Argentinean Restaurant
5411 N. Mesa 79912

Mi Pueblo Nuevo Restaurant
5630 Gateway E. 79905

Gonzolo’s G&R Restaurant
401 E. Nevada 79902

The Pizza Joint
2900 N. Mesa 79902

Good Coffee
810 Piedras 79903

Café La Malinche
1321 N. Zaragoza 79936

Partnering Venues Offering Healthier Children's Menu Options:

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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 capabilityon 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.


Joy Leos
Department of Public Health
Health Education & Promotion
Eat Well! El Paso Program

Joy Leos
Department of Public Health
Health Education & Promotion
Eat Well! El Paso Program
Tel 915.771.5845

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