Online study ranks Valley city as unhealthiest in America

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – With obesity on the rise across the country, the city of Brownsville is named as the unhealthiest city in America by an online study.

“like many communities there are health issues that need to be addressed, i don’t necessarily agree with the ranking and calling it the unhealthiest.” said Dr. Arturo Rodriguez, Public Health Director.

In a study, WalletHub compared more than 170 of the largest cities in the United States. Their results were alarming with Brownsville ranking the unhealthiest. But the city’s public health director disagrees.

“A lot of the proactive trails and bike lanes have led to a higher level of physical activity in the community, the gym’s are full every night. I would challenge that with come and take a look at Brownsville versus putting out some metrics.”

While Brownsville was ranked the unhealthiest, the city is taking part in getting their community involved in fitness challenges to help them maintain a healthier lifestyle.

“We have the Challenge RGV, a program that we just celebrated the 11th year, and we had over 1,000 participants. These programs cumulative when you start putting them together they start to really move the needle in a big way.”

WalletHub ranked the cities based on cost of medical visits, fruit and vegetable consumption, and the number of fitness clubs available. While the public health director disagrees with the study, he says they are working very hard to bring healthy resources to our community.

To learn about the resources available or finding ways to stay physically active visit: https://www.cob.us/ to view the WalletHub study: https://wallethub.com/edu/healthiest-cities/31072/

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