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

In recent years, Laredo, Texas has faced numerous challenges in its healthcare system. According to a study by WalletHub comparing over 180 U.S. cities, Laredo ranks poorly in key health areas such as affordable medical care, access to mental health counselors, and healthy food options. Additionally, the city has a low percentage of physically active adults.

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 as National Public Health Week. Dr. Richard Chamberlain, the Public Health Director for the City of Laredo, emphasizes the urgency of the situation and cites alarming rates of diabetes and obesity compared to national averages.

In response to these findings, the department is launching a Lifestyle Medicine Program that aims to provide resources and support for lifestyle modifications. Dr. Chamberlain stresses that factors such as adequate nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sufficient sleep, social connections, and limiting risky behaviors like alcohol and tobacco use are all crucial for overall health.

For those interested in improving their health and well-being in Laredo can take advantage of programs like “Viviendo Mejor” which promotes active living and provides free lab tests. The Laredo Health Department offers more information on its programs at 956-795-4900 or visit them at their location at 2600 Cedar Avenue. To read WalletHub’s full report on Laredo’s healthcare system click here [End]

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