Weekend Wellness with the NYC Department of Education

After last school year’s dynamic launch of the Move-to-Improve World Beats NYC album in collaboration with NYC Department of Education’s Office of School Wellness Programs, Hip Hop Public Health is excited to continue our partnership and bring you Weekend Wellness – a 3-part LIVE, virtual series engaging families and communities around self-care and wellness. We are looking forward to engaging parents and caregivers in the NYC community but these events are free and open to the general public around the country.

Session #3: Saturday, April 24th – Community Resiliency: The Real Deal on Toxic Stress and Racism

Our third Weekend Wellness session features legendary hip hop icon and social justice advocate, Chuck D., the Founder of Hip Hop Public Health, Dr. Olajide “Hip Hop Doc” Williams, and Health Education Program Support Associate, Dena Cox, MPH, CPH from the NYC Department of Education’s Office of School Wellness Programs on Saturday, April 24th from 10:30 – 11:30 am ET for a candid conversation exploring the real deal between Racism and Toxic Stress. 

Systemic racism and the toxic stress it creates impact our lives in profound ways. Toxic stress affects physical and mental health and widens health disparities. Chronic stress can also impact decision-making, disrupt learning, influence sleep, and even affect immune systems.

Join this live conversation as we break down the elements of racial bias, learn more about the signs and symptoms of toxic stress and share ways to fortify, unify to protect the wellness of our families, communities and ourselves. Share your questions and concerns, discover new interactive resources from Hip Hop Public Health and others, and learn how to get more involved with the NYC DOE Office of School Wellness Programs.




Session #1: Saturday, February 27th – Community Immunity 

Our first Weekend Wellness session featured Grammy-award winning hip hop icon, Darryl DMC McDaniels, Dr. Olajide Williams (a.k.a. The Hip Hop Doc), Dr. Monique Hedmann-Maxey (a.k.a. Docta Mo Flow) and Emmanuella Murat from the NYC Department of Education’s Office of School Wellness Programs. The dynamic program confronted fears with facts, dispelled myths and reduced anxiety around the COVID-19 vaccine with the goal of creating Community Immunity

Watch the recording here.

Session #2: Saturday, March 20th – Community Activity 

Our second Weekend Wellness session featured the legendary hip hop icon, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Olajide “Hip Hop Doc” Williams, choreographer and fitness expert Marc Santa Maria and Cedra Starks from the NYC Department of Education’s Office of School Wellness Programs. They explored the connections between physical activity and mental health and revealed how physical activity is one of the best antidotes for stress and improving mental health.

Watch the recording here.