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Denver rapper's music motivates kids (of all ages) to eat better

As I write this post, I'm staring down a seven-layer bar that my colleague just nudged a bit closer to my laptop. Under normal circumstances, I'd be wiping coconut crumbs from my face by now. But not today, because my willpower just got a pep talk from rapper Ietef Vita, aka DJ Cavem, via his music video "Wheat Grass."

DJ Cavem, as this story on HuffPost Parents explains, started writing and sharing his educational songs in Denver schools as a clever way to help kids beat back diet-related health issues, such as obesity and diabetes.

"You need a little swagger with these kids," DJ Cavem says in the HuffPost story. "This genre creates lots of gangstas; why not gardeners?"

So set that seven-layer bar down and take a listen, because we all could use a friendly reminder to take better care of ourselves.

Holly MacCormick is a writing intern in the medical school’s Office of Communication & Public Affairs. She is a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology at University of California-Santa Cruz.

Previously: Classroom cupcakes: Should “party foods” at schools be limited?Sugar intake, diabetes and kids: Q&A with a pediatric obesity expertMenu makeover: Promoting healthy eating at Lucile Packard Children’s HospitalCountdown to Medicine X: Mobile gardening game promotes healthy eating and Using psychology to entice students to eat healthier

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