First Lady Michelle Obama uses Hip Hop to motivate children to become more active, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” The album features rapper Doug E. Fresh, singer-songwriter Jordin Sparks and TV medical personality Dr. Oz. The catchy song urged kids to “work hard/eat right” and “tell somebody/it’s your body/c’mon.” The song was just the first of a 19-track album, the majority of which are hip-hop, to be released by the Partnership for a Healthier America.
“Let’s Move” plans to release a hip hop album on September 30th complete with 19 songs and 10 music videos.
This includes the song “Veggie Luv” featuring ABC’s Duet winner J Rome (@OfficialJRome) & TV One’s R&B Diva Monifah (@TheMonifah) #PHA #HHPH #1stLady #Obama #51 #America #SingBoy! #BlackLAW #QWorthy #R&BDiva #VeggieLuv
Though the White House has only recently gotten behind using hip-hop to fight obesity, the initiative has been almost a decade in the making. Back in 2005, an academic neurologist at Columbia University in New York, Olajide Williams, started thinking and experimenting with how hip-hop music could be used to encourage his stroke patients to live healthier lives. His efforts seemed to work and so Williams, who has done extensive research on community-based behavioral interventions, founded Hip Hop Public Health to educate African-Americans and Latinos through hip-hop about the diseases plaguing their communities.