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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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February is a month full of love, sweets, roses, and … heart health! It’s not just a time to celebrate your loved ones; February is a great time to take steps toward improving the health of your heart. Heart disease affects more than 600,000 Americans each year. This can be in the form of coronary artery disease, heart attack, irregular heart rhythm or heart valve disease. However, there are ways you can start taking care of your heart and reduce your risk for heart disease.

Heart-Healthy Eating

You don’t have to give up foods immediately, but you can make small changes in what you eat. We all love snacking, but snacks can add unwanted sugar and sodium. Switch up the bag of chips for healthier options such as apples, berries, whole-grain crackers, rice cakes, nuts, and seeds. If you’re used to grabbing a soda (loaded with sugar), try sparkling water or soymilk instead. For those with a sweet tooth, try a baked apple or bake banana nut bread. Both are delicious and healthier alternatives.

Daily Exercise

One of the best ways to improve your cardiovascular health is exercise. It doesn’t have to be boring, and we’re not asking you to start CrossFit tomorrow (unless you want to). According to the American Heart Association, they recommend “at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five days per week for a total of 150 minutes” for overall cardiovascular health. You can walk your dog, ride your bicycle or lightly jog. What matters is finding an exercise activity that you like doing, or finding an exercise buddy to help keep you accountable.

Manage Your Stress

Stress affects your mental health as well as your physical health. It can give you a headache, tighten muscles, and clench your jaw. When you’re stressed, it can cause your breathing to quicken and your heart rate and blood pressure to rise. If you have a history of heart disease, it’s important you learn how to manage your stress. Studies have shown meditation helps lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Quit Smoking

It’s not easy, but we highly recommend taking those cigarettes to the trash. When you quit smoking, you reduce your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (a buildup of fatty substances in your arteries), lung cancer, and stroke. If you’re not a smoker, be sure that you avoid other people’s smoke as “second hand” smoke can still cause health issues.

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack

Pay attention to the signs your body is telling you. These are the common symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Jaw, neck, back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweatiness
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

If you are experiencing any chest pain, come to our facility. Laredo Emergency Room is located at 7510 McPherson Rd, and we’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No appointments necessary. Follow us on Twitter to learn health tips for you and your family!


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