It’s no secret that heart disease is a major problem within the black community. In reality, by CDC, Black adults in the United States are twice as likely to succumb to heart disease as our white counterparts, and our risk of death from stroke is even higher. Luckily, one of the best ways to fight this disease, aside from healthy eating and eliminating cigarettes, is to exercise or move around. which is exactly why “The Magnificent” DJ Jazzy Jeff has teamed up with the CDC Foundation to launch “Live to the rhythm“, a national campaign for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases created for the black community, by the black community.
By speaking with The rootthe legendary turntable assassin revealed that it was his own fight with COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic that not only made him take his own health more seriously, but gave him a deeper understanding of the healing power of music.
“I was one of the first victims of COVID,” he began. “I was very close to not being there. So it made me pay more attention to [my health] and want to be here for the long haul. When I started live streaming [my DJ sets], it was for my own sanity. It was, ‘Let me play music for some people.’ Never realizing you’re playing music for 40, 50 thousand people. You affect people’s moods […] and while playing music for them I realized that it was a very good healing property. So just play some music and [building] community started me on this path to realize how important music is not only for our mental health, but also for our physical health.
It was around this time that the CDC contacted the former The prince of Bel-Air star to join forces for the greater good.
“The CDC came in and said they were doing this heart health campaign,” Jeff said. The root. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God! This is it!’ Because they’re people who dance. They’re people who have a good time. People often don’t want to exercise or they’re not motivated to exercise. Everyone is motivated to dance. , especially when you hear your favorite song, right? So it’s really about whether you want to incorporate those steps, sometimes you have to give people creative ways. And if we can make the people take these small steps just by dancing and having fun, it’s a step in the right direction.
And to help kick off the “Live to the Beat” campaign, Jeff will host a virtual dance party on Wednesday to help black people and other lovers of good music “start moving to a healthier beat.”
“I’m so happy to be partnering with the CDC on this,” Jeff said. “I’ll be playing some more up-tempo music, and we’ll be dancing, playing a whole bunch of your favorite songs in the middle of the day. […] Look, we might need to do this every day. We may need to take this one hour break while you eat and listen to music. [It’ll] serve two purposes: you get it through the music and you’re actually doing something good for your health. »
Live to the Beat’s Dance Party with DJ Jazzy Jeff begins Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET and is available on his Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch pages. For more information on Live to the Beat, visit the official campaign website.