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Laredo, Texas is facing 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. 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.

In response to the findings, the department is launching a Lifestyle Medicine Program to provide resources and support for lifestyle modifications. Dr. Chamberlain highlights that this program aims to help residents make sustainable changes in their daily habits that will lead to better health outcomes.

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 and how you can get involved with the new program, individuals can contact the Laredo Health Department at 956-795-4900 or visit them at 2600 Cedar Avenue during National Public Health Week from April 3rd to April 9th. The full report on WalletHub’s findings can be accessed here for more headlines click here. Copyright 2024 KGNS All rights reserved

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