Childhood Obesity Declines, Michelle Obama Preps Rap Album?

News & Views | Camille Travis | 08/07/2013 | 12:00 AM EDT

First Lady Readies Rap Album As Childhood Obesity Rates Drop

Well, this is awesome.


Michelle Obama
's "Let's Move" campaign is planning to release a 19-track hip-hop album and ten music videos in conjunction with the Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health to combat childhood obesity. The project is set to feature artists such as Run DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Ashanti and Jordin Sparks.


"Throughout history, music has been a great teacher and motivator, from ABC’s and nursery rhymes to religious hymns and national anthems. It is time to harness this power for health,” said Dr. Olajide Williams, founder of Hip Hop Public Health.


The music and videos-- which will be distributed in major cities across the country-- will aim to reach the Black community where nearly 50 percent of children are overweight.


News of the project comes at a wonderful time; recent reports suggest obesity rates are dropping among low-income preschoolers. After decades of rising statistics, government researchers say the group's obesity rate declined in "statistically significant amounts" in 19 states and U.S. territories between 2008 and 2011.


The album will be released Sept. 30. Check out Sparks and Doug E. Fresh in "Everybody," with appearances from the First Lady and Dr. Oz.

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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