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21/Sep/2019

This is the year! You’re finally going to achieve full “summer body” status – you’re going to eat right, work out regularly, slim down, and keep the weight off. Does this goal ring a bell? With the month of June knocking on our door, many of us are thinking about summer activities and all of the fun things we want to do when the warmest months of the year are upon us, but the thought of getting in a bathing suit can be intimidating and can lead to crash diets that don’t produce lasting results. The good news is that this CAN be the year you work to get that summer body and keep it that way for fall and winter if you start with aiming for a healthy body, rather than just a skinny one.

Start Small
When trying to implement any major health adjustment or lifestyle change, it’s important to have reasonable expectations – any lasting change to your health doesn’t happen overnight! If you haven’t been working out, start by walking around your neighborhood or joining one of our local Laredo gyms. If you have a regular workout routine, think about changing things up to give your body a fresh jump start. This is also an excellent time to introduce a well-balanced diet so that you’re not counteracting the workouts with food that is not going to nourish your body.

Work Up
Now that you’ve had some time to warm up to working out more regularly, it’s time to up the intensity. Exercises that are high intensity and high-calorie burning can be great for toning and weight loss. Running, interval training, dance cardio, and swimming are all great ways to burn a high number of calories. If you are continuing to eat healthy, intensifying your workouts will help you lose weight and tone up naturally.

Maintain
Hopefully, you have now reached the point of healthy, fit, and ready – ready to put that bathing suit on and hit the pool! They key now is maintaining the new healthy lifestyle that you have worked hard to build. Keep up with your work out and meal plans, take steps to de-stress, and make sure you’re visiting your doctor for your yearly exams. This healthy state of mind can help foster overall wellness and also help prevent disease or illness. It’s also important to keep in mind that anything worth working towards takes time and that nothing worth having will come easily! Taking care of yourself this summer is important. Encourage yourself, stick to the plan, work hard, and don’t sweat it if you want to have a cheat day or take a break from the gym. A healthy body will come in time as long as you keep the goal in mind and are taking steps to get there.

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21/Sep/2019

Did you know that back pain back is one of the most common health issues that Americans of all ages face? Studies show that at least 8 out of 10 people will suffer from it, which means at least 31 million Americans are expected to experience back pain at some point in their life, so the odds are that you have experienced some form of back pain already.

What are the most common causes of back pain?

The most common factor among people who suffer from back pain is sitting too much. This is because a large portion of the back, neck, and various other muscles connected to the body’s distribution of force are all used when working or staying in unnatural positions for extended periods of time, such as sitting or slouching.

A more unknown cause can be linked to your emotional state. Emotional and mental health determines your ability to effectively address stress, which means that depression can have a huge effect on the overall physical health of your body.

Bulging or ruptured disks can be a major cause of back pain. This happens when the disks, the cushions between the bones in your spine, bulge or rupture and press on a nerve in the spine causing severe discomfort.

Arthritis and Osteoarthritis can also affect the lower back. In some extreme cases, having arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, resulting in a medical condition called spinal stenosis.

Scoliosis, a condition where an individual’s spine curves to the side, can cause discomfort and lifelong back pain.

Other causes for back pain can be attributed to a spinal injury, primarily if pain resides in the lower back. Sudden pain that lasts less than six weeks can be due to a fall or heavy lifting, while back pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic and should be checked by your doctor. Weight gain can also place a constant strain on your back that often comes along with muscle spasms.

Pain management for any form of back pain can be approached in several ways, some more extreme than others.

Before reaching for pain meds or opting for surgery, there are a few less extreme options to consider:

1.) Shed excess weight. By using a BMI calculator, an individual can type in their information and discover if they are considered a healthy weight for their height.

2.) Wearing flat shoes with cushioned soles are vital for those of us who experience back pain. Having supportive footwear will reduce the stress on the spinal cord and require less effort from your spine when in motion.

3.) Focus on your posture. How you sit, stand, and lie down can have a significant effect on your back. For standing, try to keep your back straight and balance the weight of your body evenly with both feet and legs straight. For sitting, sit upright with support on the small of your back, keeping knees and hips level while your feet are flat on the floor.

4.) If you are continually working on a computer, be sure when using a keyboard to make sure your forearms are horizontal while keeping your elbows at right angles.

5.) Sleeping on a firm mattress is vital for supporting the weight of your shoulders and lower body, allowing your spine to stay straight. Support your head with a pillow while making sure your neck is not forced at an upward angle.

 

Too much sitting is bad for you. Learn how to stand up and stay active, even when you work in an office!  Read Here. 

 

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21/Sep/2019

They say that you’re only young once, and life in your 20’s can certainly seem like there is no other choice but to have as much fun as possible! But now you’re in your 30’s, and making lifestyle adjustments in these next few years can go a long way in repairing the damage that your younger self may have done to your body – staying up late, excessive drinking, maybe even smoking or not staying physically active. These transformative years can help get your health back on track, and we have a few tips and lifestyle changes to help you do it.

The first step to achieving a healthy lifestyle is the mental will to get there. Adults in their late twenties to early thirties experience a lot of unneeded stress, mostly due to professional or personal life issues. While the demanding responsibilities that we face during this time of our lives can be stressful and exhausting, there are small exercises you can do to help make the stressors of life more bearable. A great example is journaling or making a list – putting pen to paper to get your responsibilities and anxiety out of your head can make it easier to prioritize and identify them, and eventually overcome them.

Whether you’ve spent the last few years focused on climbing the corporate ladder or have been too stressed to worry about sleep, now is the time to take back control of your sleep schedule. Did you know that not getting enough sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, which can affect the overall health of your body and can lead to serious health issues later in life? If you find yourself having trouble falling or staying asleep, try keeping your cell phone and computer on do not disturb after a certain hour. The blue light that these devices give off can keep you awake for hours after logging off, and less screen time can also be good for your eyes and mental state.

Regular exercise is an essential step in being healthy at any age. Some good options for getting back into the work out state-of-mind, especially if you’ve been out of the game for a while, is to get up and walk for 30 minutes every morning, sign up for a yoga class, go spinning, or reach out to a personal trainer for weekly workouts until confident enough to exercise on your own. Whatever it is you choose to do, finding something you love will help you stick to a routine!

A great way to make working out a regular habit is to take the ‘cue and reward’ approach. For example, if you want to become a regular runner in the morning, you would first need to start running at the same time every day which creates a cue, and then rewarding yourself with an episode of your favorite show after the run. Doing this repeatedly will create a habit in your day-to-day life, and make it something to look forward too, rather than dread.

Weight management and nutrition goes hand-in-hand with regular workouts – often times, getting on track with one will lead to healthy adjustments for the other. A balanced diet complemented with vitamin supplements can give your body a kick-start for maintaining focus on your weight management and workout routine.

The downside of getting older is that our bodies cannot bounce back like they used to, but with age comes wisdom. With wisdom and some of our tips listed above, you have the complete power to make this stage of your life the best, most healthy one yet!

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21/Sep/2019

Time and time again, you have been told by advertisements, doctors, or other medical professionals that wearing sunscreen is essential, but it can be hard to understand the benefits of wearing it until it’s too late and you’ve got a bad sunburn! Wearing sunscreen daily, especially during the summer months, can make a huge difference in your skin’s health and appearance, especially later down the road. In fact, studies have shown that individuals under the age of 55 who use sunscreen regularly have a 24% less chance of developing early signs of aging, compared to their non-sunscreen/occasional sunscreen wearing counterparts.

Sunscreen 101 dictates that wearing it lowers the risk of getting sunburns, which if severe enough have the potential to escalate to skin cancer. People who have received repeated sunburns are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with melanoma (the most dangerous kind of skin cancer) later down the road. This type of skin cancer can be life threatening to all ages, even people in their twenties.

The first and most important thing to look for when shopping for sunscreen is the “broad spectrum” protection. This label means the protection offered covers both UVA and UVB rays and has gone through specific tests to receive this certification. UVB rays are what causes the standard sunburn, but UVA rays are what can cause skin cancer and signs of premature aging. It is also essential to understand that the SPF count is the percentage of protection the product offers against UVB rays. It’s recommended that you use at least SPF 30 or higher, as SPF 15 only filters out 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out 97%, SPF 50 filters 98%, and finally SPF 100 screens 99%. Unfortunately, there is not an SPF count that filters out 100% of protection. We should also note that the FDA requires any sunscreen with SPF below 15 to carry a warning that it only protects against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging. When searching for a “water-resistant” option, you should know that no sunscreen is considered water or sweat-proof, which is why it is recommended to continuously re-apply every two hours, even more often if you are in the water or breaking a sweat.

When examining the ingredients list, specific ingredients are vital to making sure your sunscreen is effective, such as titanium oxide, for promoting healthy skin, octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), avobenzone (also parasol), zinc oxide, which all offer basic, everyday protection.

As far as sunscreen goes, another way to protect your skin from the blazing summer sun is by simply covering up. Be sure you are wearing clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin as much as possible. It’s also important to wear sunglasses, which can protect your eyes from 99% of UV light. Limiting direct exposure to the sun between the hours of 10am and 4pm, when UV rays are most active, will also be beneficial to your skin.

We hope you find these tips helpful and beneficial with summer quickly approaching!

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21/Sep/2019

Diabetes is a huge concern that many of us are aware of. With 30.3 million individuals in the U.S. living with some form of diabetes, only about two-thirds of those are professionally diagnosed, meaning almost 7.2 million individuals go undiagnosed with this condition. Diabetes cases in our country on the rise, and it is vital that we stay as informed on this disease and it’s risks as possible, taking note of the lifestyle changes that can help you prevent it’s onset.

Although many Americans are able to continue living their life after being diagnosed with one of the four types of diabetes with minimal issues, there can be serious consequences if this condition goes untreated or mismanaged. Health problems such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, heart disease, stroke, dental disease, and nerve damage can arise if you are not taking steps to properly deal with your diagnosis.

While there are certain factors you can’t change — such as your genes, age, or past behaviors — there are many actions you can take to reduce the risk of developing this disease. The first and most important step is cutting sugars and refined carbs from your diet. These foods can put you on the fast track towards developing diabetes due to the body having to rapidly break these foods down into smaller sugars that getting absorbed into the bloodstream, causing continuous high blood pressure. Working out is also a huge lifestyle adjustment that you can make to combat developing diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight can help reduce this risk.

Drinking water as your beverage of choice can be vital. Sugary drinks like sodas have been linked to an increased risk of developing both type 1 and 2 diabetes. Although water should be your primary drink, research suggests that including unsweetened coffee or tea in your diet may help you avoid this chronic condition because they contain antioxidants that help defend against diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels and increases insulin sensitivity.

Unfortunately, these preventive steps that you can take don’t result in overnight changes to your risk of developing diabetes, but these are changes that are meant to inspire and create a new, healthy lifestyle. Cases of diabetes are rising, but you do have control over several of the determining factors that will affect your chances of diagnoses.

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, instead of accepting it as a transitional process to the eventual diabetes diagnoses, motivate yourself to make these changes that reduce your risks. Eating the right foods and adopting other healthy, positive lifestyle behaviors promote healthy blood sugar and insulin levels, which will give you the best chance at preventing this disease.

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21/Sep/2019

If you had to guess at what the most stress inducers for Americans were today, what would you say? We know you’re familiar with them – high-pressure workdays, long commutes, raising kids, not enough sleep, or even trying to maintain a regular exercise routine – the list goes on and on.

While most individuals find stress to be a natural part of life that we are all forced to cope with at one point or another, many people are unaware that being in a constant state of stress for extended periods of time can take a toll on your body, leading them to serious health risks later down the road.

Maintaining a constant mindset of stress (whether you’re aware of it or not) is more common than you might think. In fact, most people who suffer from increased stress levels are unaware of it. High-stress can promote early onset of diseases that you could already be prone to, amplifying them and making them occur much faster. A study performed at Johns Hopkins University discovered that individuals exposed to chronic stress early in life are more likely to develop a mental illness if genetically predisposed. Stress can also do damage to your heart muscle as stress hormones increase the heart rate and constrict blood vessels, making the heart work much harder than it should have to.

So, what are some ways to combat the symptoms of stress?

Exercise is the most effective way to release stress and can be the most overall beneficial lifestyle change when it comes to be a part of your regular routine. By making physical activity a habit, you are less likely to experience anxiety as your body releases endorphins, which are the chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural pain killers. Exercising is also a great way to promote getting a better night’s sleep and increase self-confidence. Try to find an exercise in your routine that you love, or an activity you enjoy such as walking, dancing, or yoga.

Another great stress reliever can be found in the power of writing things down. While some of us find comfort in making a to-do list, others find comfort in writing down the things they are grateful for. Either way, keeping a journal is a great stress manager.

Having a group of friends as a support system can also provide you a sense of belonging and help to get you through tough, hectic times. A study found that women especially when enjoying time with friends, release oxytocin which is a natural stress reliever – terming this as the “tend and befriend” effect.

The bottom line is that even mild forms of stress can lead to long term health issues and should not be underestimated. The connection between mind and body is often minimized, but it is more evident now than ever that the state of the brain can have a profound effect on the body. Although stress arising in the workplace or in your personal life is inevitable, take advantage of these useful ways to reduce pressure on yourself.

These tips often start by getting your mind away from the source of stress — and taking that step alone will start you down the path to de-stress.

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21/Sep/2019

Spring is here and it’s almost time for Easter! Nothing brings in the season like a great Easter egg hunt, a time-honored tradition that people of all ages will want to participate in. Whether you’re planning on attending a community egg hunt or throwing one of your own, we’ve got some helpful tips and tricks for making sure you and the family have the best time while out on the hunt.

The first thing to consider is the weather. Everyone knows that while Spring is known for beautiful blooms, this season is also infamous for its occasional rainy days. If you want to attend or host an event at a local park, rain could potentially damper the celebration. Be sure you are keeping an eye on the weekly forecast, and make sure you have a plan B if the weather goes unexpectedly. If you are having an Easter egg hunt in the comfort of your home or have been forced to move indoors, make sure to be thinking of trouble-free hiding places for an inside egg hunt. It is also a good idea to leave the hardboiled eggs in your fridge if you’re opting for an indoor hunt, in the unfortunate instance of one not being found. Your best option is filling colorful plastic eggs with small candies, treats, money, or other prizes. If hosting an event for a group, make sure to be aware of any allergies before filling the eggs, in which case stickers, pretzels, and other small items make great substitutes. It’s also a great idea to split the egg hunts into age groups, giving everyone a fair and fun opportunity to find the eggs.

While most egg hunts will often have prizes for the kiddo who collects the most eggs, consider other awards to hand out such as the most enthusiastic hunter, the best-dressed hunter, the fastest hunter, or the youngest hunter, creating an opportunity for more kids to be engaged! If you feel like really indulging in the holiday, why not hide a few “golden” eggs that contain special prizes, such as cash or gift cards, or even have personalized egg baskets for each of your family members after the egg hunting is over?

When planning your egg hunting party, don’t forget that the Easter bunny loves carrots as well as candy! Be sure to include some veggie sticks with hummus, finger sandwiches on whole wheat bread, bunny trail mix, and other healthy munching snacks for hungry hunters and parents. Holidays don’t have to mean that we over-indulge on the sweets – too much candy can result in an upset stomach, and not being able to participate in the fun! Also, remember that it’s important to always stay cool and hydrated

Whether you’re old or young, another great way to spend Easter is to give back to those in need. Ask your guests to bring items for a local food pantry, clothing for a homeless shelter, or donations for a charity of your choice. If you have older kiddos, teach them the importance of giving back to their community and be sure to check out the various volunteer opportunities here in Laredo.

If you’d rather skip the planning and take part in a community celebration, there are tons of Easter festivities taking place throughout our city! Be sure you are checking www.visitlaredo.com events to see the most up-to-date activities being featured so that you and your family can find the perfect event to spend the holiday at. You can also check the local newspaper for information on churches, civic groups, community parks, businesses, and charities who may also be hosting public Easter egg hunts. Malls, shopping centers, and public squares often feature Easter bunny visits and photos, too.

While it is fun to get caught up in the sweet treats, entertaining, and exciting activities, holidays like Easter are meant to be spent with your loved ones, having quality time and creating memories. We can’t wait to see how you celebrate!

Here are a few local Easter Eggs taking place this month:

  1. Easter Egg Hunt in the Pool
  2. Laredo Northside Farmer’s Market Presents: An Easter Egg Hunt 
  3. Easter Story Time

 

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21/Sep/2019

No one ever plans for a medical emergency to happen, but when it does, you want to be as prepared as possible. You need to know where to seek medical attention, especially those of us that are parents to small children or guardians of the elderly. Having an “idea” versus knowing where to seek the best medical care for emergency situations can make a huge difference in the timeliness and quality of the assistance you receive.

From the outside, a freestanding emergency room and urgent care clinic might appear to be very similar, but through the doors and under the surface there is a lot of vital information that separates the two facilities that a patient should be aware of. In general, a free-standing emergency room compared to an urgent care clinic offers completely different medical services. The first and most basic distinction between the two is a free-standing emergency room will be open 24 hours a day, where an urgent care clinic is only operating within regular business hours.

The most crucial difference between the two types of facilities is dependent on the care a patient seeks. Although both types of establishments market to “immediate” medical attention seekers, if choosing the wrong type of medical aid, help can be delayed for quite some time due to redirection or relocation. It is essential for patients to be able to distinguish between a real medical emergency and symptoms considered urgent. Free-standing emergency rooms are considered best for symptoms that are abnormal or extreme, like broken bones or severe cuts, whereas urgent care is made for handling symptoms that are more run-of-the-mill – experiencing flu-like symptoms, a fever, or a stomach bug. It is also important to note that when you come to an emergency room, you will normally be treated by a board-certified physician. While urgent care centers can be staffed by physicians, more often than not you will be seen by a physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP).

Because freestanding emergency rooms are privately owned, they will typically house more advanced medical facilities/equipment and staff trained in various different medical fields. This means that at a free-standing emergency room, not only are you often able to receive an overnight observation but also be given fluids and full serviced lab testing, compared to urgent care counterparts, which are typically hospital-owned facilities only able to give basic care and prescriptions.

As far as price and acceptance of medical insurance goes, because both offer standard services, typically both establishments accept very similar forms of health insurance and payment options. The difference you will find here is all dependent on the facility. We always recommend conducting prior research on insurance acceptance before seeking treatment in order to avoid receiving services that won’t be covered. We hope that this information is helpful to our patients so that the next time you need medical assistance, you will be fully prepped and educated on the best type of facility for their situation.

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21/Sep/2019

Springtime can be the season to catch the DIY bug. Replacing the cabinets, painting the shutters, planting some new trees – but let’s face it, nothing is ever as easy as it seems on television, especially when it involves taking on a home improvement project!

Here at Laredo Emergency Room, we know that spring is the season for tidying up and getting around to those home improvement projects that have been put off all year. We also know it is a time of the year where severe injuries can increase due to lack of safety precautions taken while tackling those home improvement projects. Whether it is finally cleaning out those gutters or completely revamping your backyard for the perfect outdoor barbecue, we want to provide you with some basic safety tips that can be applied to all of your improvement projects and make a significant difference when it comes to protecting yourself and loved ones.

The first and most important safety rule is to only take on home improvement projects that are you are capable of and prepared to handle. Meaning, if you’re afraid of heights, it might be best to leave the roof repairs to the professionals. This rule also applies to any projects having to do with electricity and especially gas repairs. If a home improvement project requires knowledge or training you do not possess, the general rule of thumb is to hire a technician, saving yourself the risk of a severe injury and costly damage to your home or even your person.

Another great safety tip to abide by is to be mindful about outwear when working on your DIY project. Working areas can become cluttered and crowded, making it easier for items to be tripped over or stepped on. You should always dress for safety. Wearing a long sleeve t-shirt, durable jeans, and close-toed shoes can save you from a lot of cuts and bruises that project sites can bring. If you are working on larger project or construction sites, think about wearing a hard hat to protect yourself from any possible head injuries, and glasses to shield your eyes from dust fibers that could cut your cornea. Gloves are also essential when handling wood, metal, or electrical wires.

If you are working on anything that requires a ladder, be careful knowing that gravity will always win! Make sure the ladder is placed securely on a flat surface, only work when it is light outside, and don’t work when the weather is bad to avoid any slips. This next tip should apply for all projects: avoid working under dangerous weather conditions. Bad weather can cause power outages, wet grounds, and bring other hostile elements into your DIY site, putting you at a higher risk for injury. If working on a project that requires the use of a power tool, make sure you have read and understood the manual fully before using. If you are accustomed to handling a power tool, make sure to keep up with the tool’s maintenance, like keeping the blades and tips sharp. This might not sound important but letting a tool’s blade or drill bit dull out will require you to place extra force on the tool while using it, allowing more opportunity for risk of injury.

Finally, be sure to have a fire extinguisher and a fully equipped first aid kit ready. These two items might seem like no-brainers, but from our experience, when an emergency arises these two items can be literally life-saving.

Taking on home improvements projects can be stressful enough, don’t make it that much harder by creating hazards for yourself. Although simple, these safety precautions can make a world of difference when it comes to your safety and self-preservation. We hope you find these safety tips useful in your home improvement projects this spring season!

Remember: if it seems too complicated to accomplish, its best left to the professionals.

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21/Sep/2019

With spring break just around the corner, fun far-off getaways and local vacations are on everyone’s mind, but the dread and anxiety of planning a spring break perfect for the entire family can be stressful! Does a spring break vacation seem like it’s worth the hassle?

Luckily, some of the best Texas vacation spots are practically in our very own backyard here in Laredo, Texas, and almost all offer the perfect combination of fun, relaxation, and adventure. These perfectly Texas-esque spots are sure to entertain every member of your family! So, don’t stress over the “big trip” plans and pick a destination that’s not only within driving distance, but will be just as fun as a cross-country vacay and is full of family memories to be made!

Need some ideas for these awesome local trips for spring break? We’ve got you covered:

Gruene, Texas: Located a mere three-hour drive away, you and your family will get to enjoy one of the most historic towns in Texas and get a taste of their famous specialty shops in and around the city. Just right around the corner from New Braunfels, Gruene is bordered by Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River, making it the perfect spot for beautiful views and water adventures like tubing and boating!

Corpus Christi: Want a beachfront view for the weekend? Then Corpus Christi is the perfect spot, only two and a half hours away with 75 miles of beautiful shoreline. Corpus Christi also has the picturesque Padre Island National Seashore, complete with some of the state’s best beaches, shell hunting, and fishing – it’s a great spot for getting some sun and watching the waves. This town also offers tons of local tours, and the must-see Texas State Aquarium, featuring a 25-foot viewing window and a deck-side dolphin encounter. With so much to do, you and your family will love a getaway in this great city!

Port Isabel: Only four hours away, this is a city made for a Texas fisherman! Get all the supplies you will need on your way in at Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier, and enjoy arguably the best fishing Texas has to offer. This historic little town also has beautiful scenery, beach-front views, iconic lighthouses, as well as excellent museums in and around the heart of their downtown square!

Austin, Texas: Not only is it three and a half hours away, known for its excellent food and music scene but did you know it is also a city that houses some of the state’s most beautiful nature adventures? Take your family on a beautiful hike through Pedernales Falls State Park, all the way down to Bee Cave, and be sure to grab some great street tacos after! Austin holds all the fun experiences that make a spring break,  extended trip or weekend getaway one for the books.

Wanting to stay more local? No worries, we have just as many fun and cost-conscious activities right here in the heart of Laredo, Texas! With a full event calendar in Laredo, events and activities are always being added, so make sure you are staying up to date with what’s going on around the city!

Here are some Laredo must-sees that are perfect all year round. Get some fresh air and beautiful views at the famous Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, Go on an academic adventure at Lamer Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center and Laredo’s Water Museum, or visit The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium!

Whether you are wanting a road trip or a local hangout this spring break, there are tons of daily adventures and weekend getaways all around and in the heart of Laredo – all available at your fingertips! Laredo Emergency Room hopes you and your family get all of the family fun, rest, relaxation, and adventure you need and deserve!

Another great thing to do with the family this Spring Break is exercise! Check out our blog on making fitness fun for the whole family.

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