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Laredo, Texas: Facing Health Challenges but Taking Proactive Steps Towards Better Health Outcomes

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
City of Laredo’s poor health ranking highlights need for addressing health challenges

Laredo, Texas is facing significant health challenges 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, the Laredo Public Health department is taking proactive steps to address the issues. In an effort to promote healthier habits among residents, the first week of April has been declared National Public Health Week by Dr. Richard Chamberlain, the Public Health Director for the City of Laredo. He highlights the urgency of the situation, citing alarming rates of diabetes and obesity compared to national averages.

In response to the findings, the department is launching a Lifestyle Medicine Program to provide resources and support for lifestyle modifications. Dr. Chamberlain 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.

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. The department is located at 2600 Cedar Avenue.

WalletHub’s full report can be accessed by clicking here while more headlines can be found here. Copyright 2024 KGNS

By Samantha Jones

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