Our Hip Hop Public Health Team presented at the NYC Office of School Wellness and Parks Department’s first-ever Wellness Expo, bringing together health and physical education leaders to learn about innovative opportunities from dozens of partner organizations. The team was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet so many thoughtful educators and administrators, and honored to present alongside such incredible partners who are all concerned with helping young people lead healthier, more active lives. Health Emcees Easy AD and Artie Green, Senior Project Officer Vanessa Sawyer, and Executive Director Lori Rose Benson were on site for the full day event and spoke with hundreds of dynamic teachers about Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. (Healthy Eating and Living in Schools) FREE nutrition concerts for NYC elementary and middle schools.
Serving all five boroughs of NYC and targeting underserved communities, nearly 48,000 NYC children, in more than 115 schools and 50 summer camps have participated in Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. since its inception in 2009. The program, championed by Columbia University neurologist and HHPH Founder, Dr. Olajide Williams, and delivered by a team of Health EMCEES, incorporates hip hop music and animation into an engaging multimedia presentation designed to encourage children to make healthier food choices and maintain regular physical activity. Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. is a “health education party” that uses some of today’s hottest music to get kids moving while teaching them about healthy behaviors.
Registration is now open for schools to apply for the 2017-2018 Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. nutrition concert series – and the slots are going fast! For more information, and available dates, contact Vanessa Sawyer at Vanessa.SAWYER@nychhc.org