New album inspired by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative

August 13, 2013

Michelle Obama greets schoolchildren from Will Springs Elementary School in Fairfax, Va. at the Decatur House. (Susan Walsh/AP)

(Update: The headline and following post have been updated to reflect the fact that “Songs for a Healthier America,” which is inspired by Let’s Move!, is not an initiative of the East Wing, according to Elly Spinweber, ‎Director of Communications and Marketing of the Partnership for a Healthier America.)

The Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health are releasing a 19-track multi-genre album next month called “Songs for a Healthier America,” to promote healthy habits among children. The album, inspired by the Let’s Move! initiative, includes song titles like “Veggie Luv.” (See a full track list here.)

The video for the first single, “Everybody,” featuring Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Oz, Ryan Beatty and the Hip Hop MD was released in June. Previously recorded footage of Michelle Obama speaking about childhood obesity and fitness can be seen at the beginning of that video.

“It is the only video [Obama] will appear in,” says Elly Spinweber, ‎Director of Communications and Marketing of the Partnership for a Healthier America. “PHA was created at the same time as Let’s Move!, and the First Lady is our honorary chairwoman, but we are a separate 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with the private sector on commitments to help end childhood obesity.”

Jordin Sparks, Ariana Grande, Run DMC and Ashanti are a few of the artists featured on the album. The full album will be released in New York City on Sept. 30, and then sent to other major cities.

“Songs for a Healthier America” will also be available for free download here.

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