50 Cent returned to his old neighborhood in Queens this weekend to promote healthy living and encourage kids to get physically active.
Kids participated in relay races and children and adults were invited to grab hearty servings of whole wheat pasta and veggie burgers.
“I just want [kids] to be active, move around and be physical,” 50 Cent, who’s real name is Curtis Jackson, told the New York Daily News. “Don’t sit in front of a computer all day.”
The event, titled “Forever Young Day” was organized by the rapper’s non-profit youth group, G-Unity Foundation.
Some have estimated about 1 in 3 kids are considered overweight or obese, and recent data reveals Black and Hispanic children may be at a higher risk, due to various issues like income and cultural beliefs. University of North Carolina researcher Asheley Cockrell Skinner said that researchers found signs of inflammation in children as young as three years old, and higher levels were found in Black and Hispanic children.
Skinner said it’s believed that fat cells in the body cause inflammation, which leads to vessel damage.
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