Legends Use Hip-Hop To Teach Healthy Habits
Several hip-hop legends recently joined forces with doctors to help educate hundreds of students about healthy eating. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
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Hip-hop legend and Harlem native Doug E. Fresh took time away from his busy concert tour to help teach more than 300 New York City students about the importance of healthy eating.
"I want the kids to take from this that it's important to take care of yourself," he said. "It's important to move and not just sit and play a video game."
The Human Beatbox had no trouble keeping these kids moving at the fourth annual Hip Hop Public Health Summit at the Schomburg Center.
"This is a problem that's killing our children and I think we need to throw everything we have at this problem," said Dr. Olajide Williams, the founder of Hip Hop Public Health.
"The program is very educational and helps with learning about disease and how to eat healthy," said student Makai Lewis.
The Hip Hop Health Summit drew a number of hip-hop stars, including DJ Barry Bee, Easy AD of the Cold Crush Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy.
"Culture, arts and hip-hop? What better than this?" Chuck D said. "Being involved with hip-hop is one of the best things that's come along in the last five years."
"Walking down the street and seeing them, they run up and they say 'AD, I'm eating good, I'm eating more fruits and vegetables.'"
"We gotta try to teach them and raise them up in the way they should go," said Artie Green of Hip Hop Heals.
The elementary school students were also treated to cartoons that promote healthy lifestyles.
"Marry some content with something hip and get it out there," said Ian "Electric" James with Hip Hop Public Health. "It's been so successful. I'm very proud of all the work that everybody's been doing."
"This is actually awesome," said student Kyla Butts. "I love dancing."