Michelle Obama uses hip hop to fight obesity
Michelle Obama is committed to the cause of healthy eating - and she's using hip hop to spread the message.
According to New York Daily News, the First Lady's 19-track album "Songs for a Healthier America," which is part of her Let's Move campaign, features a bevy of hit artists including Ashanti, Run-D.M.C. and Jordin Sparks. She collaborated with the Partnership for a Healthier America to form the campaign in 2010. The objective is to combat childhood obesity by encouraging kids to get regular exercise and eat more wholesome foods.
"We are bringing together music and physical activity in a way we felt more people could identify with," said Partnership for a Healthier America chief marketing officer Drew Nannis, the news source reported.
The full album, which includes tracks like "Veggie Luv," "Get Up, Sit Up" and "U R What You Eat," will be available for free download on Sept. 30. By next summer, 10 corresponding music videos from the album will be released to schools around New York and other major cities.
The First Lady is also making an appearance in a video for one of the songs to discuss the positive impact this campaign can have, according to the Associated Press. The AP noted that recent research has shown a decline in obesity rates in some states, demonstrating that her efforts could be paying off.
Has hip hop music ever changed your habits?