Kaiser Health News – Immigrant Populations Growing — In More Ways Than One
America seems to be detrimental to the health of Hispanic immigrant populations — and the longer they are here the worse it is. New data show that as they settle into American lifestyles, Hispanic immigrants are diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes and obesity at almost the same rate as those born in the U.S.  Hispanic immigrants who have been in the U.S. for 20 years or more are 98 percent more likely to become obese, 68 percent more likely to develop hypertension and about two and a half times more likely to become diabetic than those who have been in the U.S. for less than a decade.

The Land Letter – Jarvis extols public health benefits of outdoor recreation 
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis this week encouraged public health professionals to consider the central role the nation’s parks can play in a cost-effective health care system by providing safe places to recreate and exercise outdoors. “The national parks and green spaces are an important but often overlooked variable in the American public health equation,” Jarvis said during a speech to the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Not only do parks provide opportunities for physical activity, but being in the natural world has also been shown to reduce stress and improve healing rates, Jarvis said. “Simply taking an hourlong walk in a natural environment can bring about a drop in blood pressure and heart rate because of the immediate relaxation you experience,” Jarvis said. “And guess what? It doesn’t cost anything; it’s free,” he said to applause from the thousands attending the meeting’s opening session.

Switchboard – Rep. Lois Capps introduces legislation to protect health from climate change, extreme weather
You don’t have to convince the 13,000 American public health professionals in Washington, DC this week for the American Public Health Association meeting that climate change harms people’s health. They recognize the health risks of carbon pollution, and see the huge health benefits we stand to gain by creating more climate-resilient communities and homes right now. We need to make this a national priority.

HealthDay – Teen ‘Sexting’ Common and Linked to Psychological Woes
Some Boston parents might be in for a rude awakening: 13 percent of area high school students say they’ve received “sext” messages and one in 10 has either forwarded, sent or posted sexually suggestive, explicit or nude photos or videos of people they know by cellphone or online. So found a study of more than 23,000 students, with the results scheduled to be presented Wednesday at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

HealthDay – Teen Pot Use Unaffected by Medical Marijuana Law: Study
The legalization of medical marijuana in some states has raised concerns that it will increase the availability and appeal of the drug among youth, but new research suggests no such link. For the study, Rhode Island Hospital researchers examined adolescent marijuana use in Rhode Island and Massachusetts between 1997 and 2009. Rhode Island legalized medical marijuana in 2006.