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

Despite these challenges, the Laredo Public Health department is taking proactive steps to address the problem. The first week of April is designated as National Public Health Week in an effort to promote healthier habits among residents. Dr. Richard Chamberlain, director of public health for the city of Laredo, underscores 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, adequate sleep, social connections, and limiting risky behaviors such as 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

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