Local non-profit organization hosts nutrition and health classes


Laredo Literacy Volunteers will host the first class of a Healthy Family Education course later this month to talk about healthier eating, extra support and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.

According to their announcement, the Familias Saludables class will be held July 18-20 at 3 p.m. at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Inner City Public Library. Those interested are encouraged to register with the LBV Municipal Library, Laredo Literacy Volunteers or MHP Salud.

The organization states that there are four points that are being discussed. These include:

  • strengthen families.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • family nutrition.
  • physical activity.

In addition to the discussion topics, the Familias Saludables course also provides information and training on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This SNAP-ED is an attempt to help participants improve their diet and physical activity.

According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP provides nutritional benefits to supplement the grocery budgets of families in need so they can buy healthy foods and support themselves.

On Friday, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is providing more than $301.8 million in food grants under the Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for the month of July. The grants are expected to help approximately 1.4 million Texas households.

“With the expansion of SNAP emergency benefits, Texans across the state will continue to receive the support they need to stay healthy,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “Thanks to the work of HHSC, every family in the Lone Star State will have access to nutritious meals.”

“We are proud to support Texans in providing healthy, nutritious meals for their families,” said Wayne Salter, deputy executive commissioner of Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services. “With these benefits, families can not only buy groceries at the grocery store and farmers market, but also buy seeds to grow their own groceries all summer long.”

In addition, the medical community has recognized the problems of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity and has worked to address the situation. The Webb County Clinic opened in 2021 and offers numerous services to county employees, including those targeting diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

The city has also encouraged the community to find time to incorporate exercise into their day to ensure a healthy and active lifestyle that complements a nutritious diet. On Friday, July 1, city officials encouraged the community to use the parks to contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

District V councilor Ruben Gutierrez said an active lifestyle promotes better mental and physical health. In addition, new resident physicians at Laredo Medical Center will work in Laredo for the following three years, helping to help people suffering from diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.


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