Welcome to Houston! No matter if you're new to the Bayou City or just moved back after some time away, we're really glad you're here. As you're settling in and checking things off your to-do list, it's important to remember to make your health a priority.
We're here to help with some key tips on how to stay healthy as you make Houston your new home.
Stay safe in the heat
With triple-digit temperatures and high humidity, Houston summers can be challenging for even the most intrepid warm-weather lover. If you plan on spending time outdoors this summer, it's critical you take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke.
Sometimes heat stroke results from exercising outside in the heat without proper hydration. But, when it's really hot outside, you don't even have to be exercising to develop heat stroke. It's essential that you:
- Stay hydrated
- Dress in cool clothing and stay out of direct sunlight
- Use sweat-resistant sunscreen
- Avoid being outdoors during peak temperatures
Enjoy Houston's healthy food options
Houston is famous for its food, and for good reason: The city's dynamic food culture offers something for every palate. From local favorites like Gulf Coast seafood to the vast array of international cuisine, there are lots of tasty — and even healthy — options to choose from.
Hit the trails
Physical activity doesn't just give you more energy and help you manage your weight, it also reduces your risk of several health conditions and improves your mental well-being.
Houston has many green spaces and trails you can use for walking, running, cycling hiking and more.
Schedule your annual checkup
Maintaining your overall health is important — and there is no better resource than your primary care doctor in helping you identify key lifestyle changes that can provide the greatest impact on your health.
Additionally, having a primary care doctor who knows you and your health baseline is important for when you aren't feeling your best. In fact, your doctor may be able to help prevent some illness altogether through your physical exam.
If you need a primary care doctor, you can find one by visiting Find a Doctor and calling the provider's number listed, or calling or texting 346.291.2850 for help finding one.
Get your free first-aid kit
If you've recently moved to Houston, we would like to send you a free first-aid kit to welcome you to the neighborhood.