Hip-hop Teaches Healthy Habits?
Infamous for inappropriate messages, the lyrics of hip hop are taking a turn for the better by means of public health.
Eight year olds are grooving to a new type of music with a program called Hip Hop Public Health. The soon to drop album titled, "Songs for a Healthier America," is the music to a movement that started in New York.
With nationwide potential, this "party with a purpose" is using music to make worldwide changes in overall wellness.
"Music is an extremely powerful medium," said Olajide Williams, founder of Hip Hop Public Health. "I see music as the bridge between health education and the streets."
The program is almost 10 years old, taking public health messages and turning them into fun rap lyrics with quirky beats. The kids sing along, not realizing that they're simultaneously learning a great deal of beneficial information regarding health.
Williams is a neurologist self-described as far from a rapper, however, he sees the power of music.
Working with legendary rapper Doug E. Fresh ie. the Human Beat Box, they completed the very first project in 2005 and presented it to 10 schools in Harlem, NY. The message entailed how to recognize when someone was having a stroke.
Williams developed a program called "Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S." which stands for Healthy Eating And Living in Schools with messages such as, "Watch Your Calories."
The album releases on Monday. Will you consider buying it for your children?