WATCH: CNN Health and Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Special Coverage of our “Dunk The Junk Atlanta” event on CNN – Saturday, June 16 at 4:30PM EST (and again on 6/17 at 7:3oAM EST).
Getting kids to bypass the sweet treats like candy, cookies, and soda for natural, organic fruits and vegetable options may seem like an impossible feat.
But, when your anti-junk food message is combined with high-flying, basketball-dunking athletes, visits from NBA legends like Dominique Wilkins and outspoken, hometown rapper Killer Mike, a colorful graffiti mural on the cafeteria wall, and the wisdom of CNN Health’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta – you can get the important points across.
Two weeks ago in Atlanta, AllHipHop.com joined forces with Dr. Kevin Strong and his innovative Dunk The Junk organization, along with Dr. Janice Johnson Dias of rapper Black Thought’s GrassROOTS Community Foundation, to change some minds about junk food and encourage better health outcomes for the students of Emma Hutchinson Elementary School.
While we were at the school, the excitement was bouncing off the walls all day. However, not many moments topped the special opportunity for The ShortyZ, a rap group made up of four, gutsy 4th grade boys, to showcase their anti-junk food rap for Killer Mike.
Killer Mike (and the entire assembly) was all smiles while watching The ShortyZ youthful display of lyricism and nutritional lessons learned. Hilariously, the R.A.P. Music MC was even prompted to name one of the boys “Little Gucci (Mane)” for his striking similarities to the Southern MC.
Check out the video of The ShortyZ below.
WATCH: A special profile of our time at Emma Hutchinson Elementary School TODAY (June 16) AT 4:30PM EST on CNN. The segment will be rebroadcast on June 17 at 7:30PM EST.
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