Arriving Healthy – click to play video
Latino Paradox – click to play video
Both video clips from UNNATURAL CAUSES…is inequality making us sick? (California Newsreel, 2007)
New immigrants arriving in the United States tend to be healthier than the average American, but as they remain in the country, their health declines.
Ask students to take notes while they view the segment, keeping the following questions in mind.
- How does the health of immigrants change after they move to the United States?
- What is meant by the term Latino paradox?
- What factors enable new immigrants to maintain good health in the United States?
- What factors in U.S.culture have a negative impact on health?
Optional: Citizen Journalist Activity- What healthy behaviors can be learned from new immigrants?
Interview friends or relatives to find examples of these healthy behaviors in your own immigrant community? Record the interviews using your phone or take notes to share with your class.