AUDIO: Health gets hip (hop)

Educational raps teach Harlem students about healthy eating and exercise

July 9, 2013

Healthy eating and exercise. As adults we know it’s important, but how do you teach these things to young children? Hip Hop Public Health, a Harlem-based public health organization, is using hip hop to make health education fun and meaningful for elementary school-aged children all around New York City. One school, Thurgood Marshall Lower Academy, is using the organization’s hip hop videos, cartoons, and interactive games to develop a combined healthy eating and exercise program. Listen to the podcast below to find out how things have been going, or read about Hip Hop Public Health’s history and their program on stroke education for elementary school kids.

About the Author

Alexa C. Kurzius

Alexa Kurzius has always loved to write. After receiving her B.A. in English and psychology from Johns Hopkins in 2006, she moved to New York and became a pharmaceutical advertising copywriter. It was a delightful awakening; she realized she loved writing about health and had a knack for translating medical jargon into easy-to-understand print and web content. She’s eager to share her experience and to learn all she can about science journalism at SHERP.


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