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City of Laredo’s Poor Health Ranking Highlights Urgent Health Issues

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Apr 4, 2024

Laredo, Texas has been ranked poorly in a recent study conducted by WalletHub comparing over 180 U.S. cities in terms of their health support systems. The study revealed that Laredo is lacking 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 the city.

Despite these challenges, Laredo Public Health is taking action by declaring the first week of April as National Public Health Week. This initiative aims to promote healthier habits among residents in the city. Dr. Richard Chamberlain, the Public Health Director for the City of Laredo, emphasizes the urgency of addressing the health issues facing the community. Recent findings have shown alarming rates of diabetes and obesity compared to national averages.

In response to these health concerns, the department is launching a Lifestyle Medicine Program to provide resources and support for lifestyle modifications. Dr. Chamberlain highlights 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 in improving overall health.

For residents looking to improve their health, Laredo offers programs like “Viviendo Mejor” that encourage active living and provide free lab tests. Those interested in learning more about Laredo’s health initiatives can contact the Laredo Health Department at 956-795-4900 or visit their location at 2600 Cedar Avenue. The full report by WalletHub can be accessed by clicking here.

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