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Programs Uses Creative Approach To The Child Obesity Problem

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 1/2/2013

Health experts across the country have high hopes for a new program. It shows kids how important it is to stay fit, by using music. Holly Firfer explains in today's Health Minute. Hip Hop is helping school kids fight obesity. This program called Hip Hop Public Health shows school children music videos that make it cool to be healthy. "I see music as the bridge between health education and the streets." It's the brain child of neurologist Olajide Williams who partnered with rapper Doug E. Fresh and others to use music as the tool to teach kids about healthy eating and exercise. "If we can you know send a message and make it fun, this can be like a party with a purpose," says Fresh. Studies by Williams and his colelagues show the program is making a difference, at least in the short term, immediately after children watched videos about counting calories "They were buying more healthy items," says Williams. Now, Hip Hop Public Health is going national, with an album and music videos produced in conjunction with Michelle Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America. It includes mor genres, more songs and will be distributed along with a curriculum to schools nationwide, using music to make being healthy, cool.

   
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