Good Life-Buena Vida
The City of Laredo's Good Life-Buena Vida program has a long history of providing wellness and early detection services in Laredo and Webb County. Early detection of chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and other chronic diseases will help you prevent future complications and live a healthier life. The City of Laredo Health Department offers education, counseling and referral of patients requiring advanced care. Knowing Your Numbers will help you and your medical provider make decisions on how to keep you healthy. Know Your Numbers! Visit us today! No appointment necessary!
Employer Outreach Services
Currently the Good Life-Buena Vida program is available for outreach services to employers who want to assure prevention and a healthier workforce. Costs are reflective of the laboratory panels provided above within the Good Life-Buena Vida section. Lab results are delivered to company employees within a week at their work site and counseled on their individual results. Educational materials are provided and referrals are made should it be required.
Good Life-Buena Vida strives to prevent and detect diseases early and by combining our efforts to promote wellness, your family together with the City of Laredo Health Department can make Laredo Healthier "one person at a time."
The Good Life-Buena Vida offsite is available Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information about Good Life-Buena Vida and its outreach services call (956) 795-4948.
Healthy Living/ Viviendo Mejor
The Healthy Living-Viviendo Mejor (HLVM) Program empowers referred patients and interested residents of the community with taking control of their health by enhancing their disease self-management knowledge. HLVM provides FREE access to our certified evidence-based curriculum developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago known as the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP). The DEEP curriculum is broken down into a seven week period expanding the level of knowledge for patients and interested residents. Topics of discussion include:
- Understanding the Human Body
- Understanding Diabetes and its Risk Factors
- Monitoring your Body
- Health Management through Meal Planning
- Diabetes and Physical Activity
- Diabetes Complications, Identification and Prevention
- Learning about Medications and Medical Care
- Living with Diabetes by Mobilizing Family and Friends.
The HLVM program also trains other community health workers to become certified DEEP peer educators. Furthermore, provided at No Cost to patients or interested residents is a laboratory blood assay pre and post the DEEP course. Knowing your numbers is another significant component of the HLVM program geared towards stimulating behavioral changes to positively impact health statuses. Additionally, to compliment the free DEEP curriculum and laboratory blood assays, patients and residents also gain access to physical activity classes and clubs. Physical activity classes (Zumba) are offered every Monday and Wednesday-Friday with a walking club sponsored by HLVM, created by participants of the HLVM. Lastly, the mission of the HLVM program is to empower the residents of the community with health information via all communication mediums. HLVM organizes and participates in as many community events allowed by our current level of resources. Through community events HLVM shares the in-person communications coupled with free one-time health screenings (BMI, glucose and blood pressure) that help identify at risk residents of Laredo and guide them to health care.
For more information or to enroll in this program, please call (956) 712-6015 or (956) 721-4994
Heart and Stroke Healthy City Recognition Program
The City of Laredo, along with other Texas cities, will be included in the 2010 assessment process for the Heart and Stroke Healthy City Recognition Program from January to August of 2010. This program is administered by the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (CVD Council) to recognize cities in Texas for their achievements in creating healthy communities.
This state-wide program recognizes Texas cities for having in place a set of ten evidence-based, community indicators that are known to be important in reducing the burden of heart disease and stroke, which are the number one and number three killers of men and women in Texas and the United States.
This year the City of Laredo Health Department will form a team of local stakeholders to participate in the city assessment process. Input from the local stakeholders is critical in order for Laredo to receive the gold standard and be recognized.