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More trails for Move! El Paso to promote physical activity
2013-05-28 11:11:48

El Paso, Texas, May 26, 2013 – The Pan American Health Organization contributed to the implementation of two walking trails in El Paso: El Chamizal and Galatzan and Crestmont Parks. The first one took place on Saturday May 11th, outside of Project Vida building, located at 3607 Rivera Ave. The opening of the trail of the Parks Galatzan and Crestmont was on May 25th, 2013 in the Galtazan Recreation Center / Community Park, located at 650 Wallenberg, in the west of El Paso.

In the opening of El Chamizal walking trail, the symbolic cutting of the ribbon was led by Dr. Maria Teresa Cerqueira, Chief of the U.S. México Border Office of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization, Angela Mora, Deputy Director of Public Health, Dr. Kathleen Curtis, Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, Gustavo Sanchez National Park Superintendent El Chamizal, and Aida Ponce Health Educator Coordinator of Project Vida.

Luisa Garcia, one of the attendees at the opening walk and resident of El Chamizal area, mentioned that these activities are very important in the community, "teaches us that physical activity is essential for our health and it can be done in a fun way because you can go out with your siblings, friends or other family members to perform the activity. I love to exercise and try to be active every day. I recommend to the community of El Paso to leave their homes, leave cell phones, television, video games and spend even 30 minutes to walk every day”.

To choose where the walking trails of Move! El Paso would be located, a survey was made to determine which areas were the most appropriate to establish them within the perimeter of the city of El Paso, said Angela Mora. “The walking trails meet all safety requirements and are also pleasing to the eye. The idea was to establish walking trials that were around sites of the city including parks, pools, libraries, clinics, to introduce people to other services in the city, because there are people in the community who have never been in a library, recreation park or park seniors, so going through these sites, they can come to ask for information,” she said.

Sandra Rodriguez, another walk attendee, said the walk was very interesting because she knew most of his neighborhood. “We must find the trails near our home, if there is not a park or a gym close is not a problem, because with these roads we will have what we need to do our physical activity. The trails are very safe, help us to know our community, for example, went through several churches right now, for several parks, clinics, and that helps me be more aware of what's in our area.”

Dr. Maria Teresa Cerqueira recommended to take some precautions when performing physical activity during the day, such as drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen factor 30 and more and, if possible, wear a hat for sun protection, as we live in a city with very dry climate and sunny most of the time. She also mentioned that walking 20 to 30 minutes daily has many health benefits, “allows our body be active, releases endorphins that make us feel good, keeps us healthy heart and we can lose weight, if we combine it with healthy eating; besides walking with friends or family is mental health support.”

She also said that Move! El Paso is an important project in this community because here is the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities project, which seeks evidence that through a series of healthy eating activities, increased access to fruits and vegetables and increased activity physics leads to a healthy lifestyle, avoiding some diseases like overweight and diabetes.

“Physical activity is one of the best medicines that they can take and it is really true, physical activities prevent of all kind of diseases and all kind of problems that we have when we live a sedentary life styles, such a cancer, heart disease, diabetes, all go down with the physical activities,” concluded Dr. Curtis.

 

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Public Service Announcement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34W0wh-Iozs

 

Move! El Paso Walking Trail Project,

http://home.elpasotexas.gov/health/move-el-paso.php

Programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health

http://home.elpasotexas.gov/health/index.php or call 2-1-1.

 

For more information please contact:

Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S ,  Information & Knowledge Management Area
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) - United States-Mexico Border Office
 5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4 El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 23 / Cel (915) 449-3040  / Fax  (915) 845-4361

ambrizlo@fep.paho.org  / www.borderinfo.org

 

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