Now she has help. She is partnering with Hip-Hop Public Health and Partnership for a Healthier America to release “Songs for a Healthier America” on September 30th. The hip hop album comes complete with 10 music videos and 19 tracks to support her “Let’s Move!” nutrition program.
The single “Everybody” features the first lady joined by songstress Jordin Sparks, emcee Doug E. Fresh, and medical expert Dr. Oz.
The video shows children of all ages dancing lightheartedly between takes of kids exercising.
“Everybody tell somebody, it’s your body. C’Mon,” croons Sparks on the chorus; while Doug E. Fresh and Dr. Oz trade short verses about exercise and cardiac health.
“For years I have known that we need to reach children in the formative years to educate them to live a life of prevention,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz. “The best way to do this is to build a bridge with the artists that they see on television and listen to. When someone like Doug E. Fresh shows our youngsters that health can be fun and cool, we are winning the battle.”
Some other songs on the album include “Veggie Luv”, “Hip Hop LEAN”, and “Get Up Sit Up” most of which will be hip-hop based, according to U.S. News and World Reports.
“This album is about more than just a great message and it’s about more than great music,” said PHA’s Chief Marketing Officer Drew Nannis. “It’s about making the healthy choice the easy choice… The simple act of getting up and dancing is a great way to get active and this album – and the dozens of generous musicians who helped make it possible – can help show us how. The added motivation of trying to do the Dougie better than Dr. Oz doesn’t hurt either.”
Michelle Obama launched the campaign to fight childhood obesity on February 9, 2010 and has been personally involved throughout the years. She has traveled to visit schools, pushed for healthier lunches, and even hosted community sports programs on the South Lawn of the White House. She was even spotted doing the “dougie” with students during a visit to promote physical health.
The full tracklist and Songs for a Healthier America album is available for free on the Partnership for a Healthier America’s website.