City of Laredo’s poor health ranking highlights need for addressing health challenges

Laredo, Texas: A Healthy Lifestyle Begins with Active Living and Better Access to Resources

Laredo, Texas faces significant challenges in its health support system, according to a recent study by WalletHub comparing over 180 U.S. cities. The city ranks poorly in key health areas such as affordable medical care, access to mental health counselors, and healthy food options. Additionally, there is a low percentage of physically active adults in Laredo.

Despite these challenges, Laredo Public Health is taking proactive steps to address the issues. In response to the findings, the department is launching a Lifestyle Medicine Program to provide resources and support for lifestyle modifications. Dr. Richard Chamberlain, the Public Health Director for the City of Laredo, emphasizes the importance of factors such as adequate nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sufficient sleep, social connections, and limiting risky behaviors like alcohol and tobacco use for overall health.

The first week of April has been declared as National Public Health Week in an effort to promote healthier habits among residents. Dr. Chamberlain highlights the urgency of the situation, citing alarming rates of diabetes and obesity compared to national averages. For those interested in improving their health, Laredo offers programs like “Viviendo Mejor” that promote active living and provide free lab tests. To learn more about Laredo’s health initiatives, individuals can contact the Laredo Health Department at 956-795-4900

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