EL PASO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to improving children's lives by helping organizations provide healthy nutrition to vulnerable youth, today announced a $20,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
The donation will create El Paso’s first Casa Herbalife program and contribute to the city’s efforts to improve nutrition and eating habits in the area. According to the City of El Paso, El Paso County has more overweight and inactive adults than the U.S. national average—39 percent of adults in El Paso are overweight and 29 percent are physically inactive—compared to the national average of 36 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
“As part of an ongoing effort to reduce obesity in El Paso, it is imperative that we educate our youth about the importance of good nutrition,” said El Paso Councilwoman, Cortney Niland. “The support of the Herbalife Family Foundation will allow the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso to continue to teach our youth about the impact good nutrition can have and ways they can live a more healthy, active life.”
The donation was announced today at a special event featuring El Paso Councilwoman Cortney Niland, executives and students from the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso, and executives and independent members from Herbalife. It will support efforts to implement a healthy curriculum for El Paso youth to better understand nutrition and the impact diet has on overall well-being. Through fun and engaging learning activities, like healthy cooking classes, the funds will teach 150 youth, aged 6-13, about the benefits of developing healthy habits, including eating smart and being physically active.
“The Herbalife Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world by providing access to and education on healthy nutrition,” said Robyn Browning, executive director of the Herbalife Family Foundation. “We are proud to announce this new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso and look forward to seeing the positive impact we can make in the El Paso community as we continue to provide nutrition education services to at-risk youth.”
As part of the collaboration, the region’s vulnerable youth will have improved access to better nutrition and be placed on a path to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle.
“We are so honored to receive this donation to establish the first Casa Herbalife in this part of Texas,” said Dr. Joseph Villescas, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Club of El Paso. “Our goal at the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso is to create an environment where our children feel safe and have access to healthy living values that will serve them well in adulthood. This donation is significant because it will help us build that environment.”
The Casa Herbalife Program was established in 2005 to help bring good nutrition to children living in orphanages, using after school centers, and other non-profit facilities around the world tasked with helping underserved young people. In addition to the annual financial grants made by the Herbalife Family Foundation, the organizations receive local financial and volunteer support from independent Herbalife members as well as Herbalife employees. The program provides over $2.3 million in funding and volunteer assistance each year to more than 100 organizations worldwide. These funds bring nutrition to more than 100,000 children in 50 countries on a daily basis.
About Herbalife Family Foundation
Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) is a 501C(3), non-profit corporation devoted to providing good nutrition and nutrition education to the world’s children. HFF partners with over 125 programs, supporting over 100,000 children’s healthy growth and development every day. We are committed to ensuring children are provided with good nutrition for a brighter future. HFF also often supports relief efforts in response to natural disasters. For more information about HFF and how you can support the children in our programs, visit www.herbalifefamilyfoundation.org.
About the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso
Boys & Girls Club of El Paso Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides programs designed to empower youth by allowing them to develop a positive self-image, a realization of their self-worth and opportunities for success in all areas of their lives. For over 85 years, the club has served El Paso’s youth in four locations within the community. More information about the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso and its programs can be found at http://www.bgcelpaso.org.