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Hip-Hop Public Health Hosts 3rd Annual Harlem Summit to Launch Debut Album June 9

On Thursday, June 9th at 5pm, Hip Hop Public Health will host its 3rd Annual Summit at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY. Hundreds of New York City elementary and middle public school children and their parents will attend this evening, where Hip Hop Public Health will unveil its new media and CD, Hip Hop Health, The Album: Volume 1. The album features a collection of health education hip hop music and dance tracks composed by celebrity hip hop artist collaborators. The event will also highlight the core educational objectives of Hip Hop Public Health’s Hip Hop HEALS (Healthy Eating And Living in Schools) childhood obesity program. Hip hop artist Doug E. Fresh will preside over ceremonies, teaching hundreds of children how to "Do the Dougie", along with Hip Hop Public Health’s artist collaborators Chuck D, Easy A.D., The Cold Crush Brothers, DMC from Run DMC, and Kool Moe Dee, all of whom will deliver dynamic nutrition and physical activity education.

Hip Hop Public Health was founded by Dr. Olajide Williams, Associate Professor and Chief of Staff of Neurology at Columbia University, in response to the need he saw for innovative and culturally-tailored health literacy programs in high-risk communities. Its goal: to combat the problem of poor nutrition and lack of exercise among inner-city school children and their families. Through school-based health literacy programs and educational multimedia, including cartoons, music, video games, comic books, and live music videos, Hip Hop Public Health uses hip hop music and dance to empower children between the ages 8 and 12 to make healthier choices.

“Our young people may not need to worry about having a heart attack or stroke, but they need to know that their lifestyle choices now may influence their health later on,” said Williams, who, as the “Hip Hop MD,” performs in multiple tracks on the new album, which will also be available for download on iTunes. “Our organization is dedicated to using rhyme and dance to introduce health education initiatives to kids and their families, and this album is another initiative we’ve undertaken to harness the power of urban music, to help foster better health among inner-city kids. Our research has shown the messages we impart through music linger long after the rhymes end”

Hip Hop Public Health’s banner program, Hip Hop HEALS (Healthy Eating and Living in Schools) will be featured at the Summit event. HEALS is an innovative initiative that focuses on caloric management and energy balance within obesogenic environments. HEALS has delivered exciting health literacy education to over 12,000 New York City public school children from low income neighborhoods in the past academic year.

Supporters and Partners

Hip Hop Public Health acknowledges support from the following sponsors: Columbia University, Harlem Hospital Center, the NYC Council Office of Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Inez Dickens, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. GE Healthymagination is the platinum sponsor. Our media partners are: Black Entertainment Television and The Source magazine

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1. Doing the Stroke/Stroke Ain’t No Joke

Featuring Doug E. Fresh

This track teaches the signs and symptoms of stroke with emphasis on the F.A.S.T mneumonic and the importance of calling 911

2. Exercise and Be Calorie Wise

Featuring Doug E. Fresh and Artie Green

This track teaches the importance of exercise, its health benefits, and the relationship between exercise and calories

3. Go, Slow, Whoa 1

Featuring Chuck D and Easy A.D. from the Cold Crush Brothers, with Johnny Juice, Kyle Jason, and a special appearance by the Hip Hop MD

This track teaches the traffic light method of healthy food selection and the importance of healthy eating.

4. Keep Your Brain Healthy

Featuring Doug E. Fresh

This track teaches the relationship between a healthy brain, healthy eating and healthy living.

5. Watch Your Calories

Featuring Doug E. Fresh and Artie Green with a special appearance by the Hip Hop MD

This track teaches the importance of calorie postings and calorie balance using individualized daily caloric numbers

6. Stroke Song

Featuring Artie Green and a special appearance by the Hip Hop Doc

This track teaches stroke risk factors, stroke symptoms and the importance of calling 911

7. Go Slow Whoa 2

Featuring HEET Mob and Mic Brass

This track teaches the traffic light method of healthy food selection and the importance of healthy eating.

8. Go Slow Whoa 3

Featuring Crew Grrl Order

This track teaches the traffic light method of healthy food selection and the importance of healthy eating.

9. F.A.S.T.

Featuring Artie Green

This track teaches the stroke symptom and response mnemonic F.A.S.T (Face, Arm, Speech, Time)

10. Hip Hop L.E.A.N. (The Go Slow Whoa Exercise Dance)

Featuring Artie Green

This track teaches methods for achieving optimal aerobic exercise levels by using a simple dance and a breathing threshold method.

11. Hip Hop Smoke

Featuring Artie Green

This track teaches the importance of not smoking cigarettes.

12. Hip Hop HEALS Anthem

Featuring The Hip Hop MD, Artie Green, Easy AD from the Cold Crush Brothers.

This track highlights the mission of Hip Hop Public Health and the value of educating the youth through hip hop music.

13. The Mission

Featuring Monique Hedmann and Artie Green.

This track highlights the pillars of hip hop culture and their role in the health promotion programming of Hip Hop Public Health.


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