Fat Joe to Take Part in Weight Loss Event on Jan. 23
Thu, 12 Jan 2012 10:46:44
On Jan. 23, hip-hop legend and weight loss advocate, Fat Joe, will perform at an event celebrating the winners from Let's Move! Newark: Our Power (LM!NOP), a program created by Behavioral Health & Fitness Expert, Jeff Halevy, to fight childhood obesity. After improving his lifestyle, Fat Joe has recently lost over 100 pounds and has chosen to be a part of Let's Move! Newark Our Power to encourage our youth to follow his success.
Jeff Halevy was hand-selected to create Let's Move! Newark: Our Power by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, as an extension of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign, which Mayor Booker currently serves as the honorary Vice Chair. The program began in October of 2011 with 1,500 high school freshmen in five different Newark, NJ high schools competing against each other for the most minutes moved. Barringer High School has achieved the coveted winning title with an impressive 619,600 minutes moved, earning them a performance by superstar recording artist, Fat Joe, as well as a renewed attitude towards physical activity and well being.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of something so instrumental in an adolescent's development and honored that Fat Joe has donated his talents and time to bring our nation one step closer in the fight against childhood obesity," said Jeff Halevy, creator of Let's Move! Newark: Our Power.
Obstacles associated with obesity hit very close to home for Fat Joe, weighing nearly 460 pounds at his heaviest. In 2000, he began to realize a lifestyle alteration was no longer an option but a necessity after Big Pun and nearly six of his friends, similar to his size, died from heart attacks. Subsequently, he spent much of his time at the gym and changed his eating habits, improving not only his appearance, but his overall health as well, as the diabetic of 16 years was able to rid himself of the disease. Despite his previous weight and health issues, Fat Joe is one of the world's most influential Rap artists. He has sold millions of albums, while masterminding chart topping hits and discovering hot new artists. Additionally, Joe has earned five RIAA gold certifications and two platinum certifications.
"Of all the challenges I have faced in my life, losing weight was probably the most difficult," said hip-hop idol, Fat Joe. "I am so happy to be able to spread the word on the dangers of obesity and join the Let's Move! Initiative with Let's Move! Newark: Our power."
What can you do to combat childhood obesity and join Fat Joe in the cause?