Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign is using hip-hop to help fight childhood obesity.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the First Lady and the Partnership for a Healthier America will release a hip-hop album called Songs for a Healthier America on September 30.
The 19-track album will include Mrs. Obama’s latest dance video “Everybody,” which features rapper Doug E. Fresh, singer Jordin Sparks and TV personality Dr. Oz, and tther songs like “Veggie Luv,” by Monifah and J Rome, “Hip Hop LEAN,” by Artie Green and “Give Myself a Try” by Ryan Beatty.
Sam Kass, Let’s Move! executive director and White House assistant chef, said the White House totally supports the First Lady’s use of hip-hop and other genres of music to reach today’s youth.
“Cultural leaders and visionaries in our country can give these messages to kids in a way that’s not preachy. Kids are going to be dancing and listening to the music,” he explained. “I think hip-hop in particular – so many kids love hip-hop. It’s such a core part of our culture …and particularly in the African-American community and the Latino community which is being disproportionately affected by those health issues.”
African-American children are more than 50 percent more likely to be overweight or obese compared with white children, and Hispanic children are nearly 30 percent more likely, according to a 2008 study published in Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
If all goes according to plan, some 10 of the 19 songs on the new album will be made into music videos, much like the hip-hop video in which Michelle Obama appeared. Those music videos will then be distributed to schools across the nation – starting with 40 schools in New York City, and then to schools in San Antonio, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The hope is that teachers will use the videos during recess, physical education classes or even passing periods to encourage kids to get moving.
Watch the music video for “Everybody” below and tell us how you feel about the this new initiative.
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