Cheryl “Salt” Wray, one-third of the veteran hip-hop group, Salt ‘n Pepa, has had a career that has spanned over 20 years with hits such as “Shoop,” the HIV/AIDS informational song, “Let’s Talk S-E-X,” and the classic “Push It.”
The wife and mother is now pushing a new type of tune: against stroke. The American Stroke Association kicked off a national hip hop stroke video competition for 10- to 15-year-olds to broaden public awareness about stroke with Salt being a spokesperson.
Integrating hip hop music with stroke education helps kids learn, retain and share stroke information with their parents and grandparents, according to research presented at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference.
The free competition engaged and educated youth on stroke while igniting their creative use of visual arts.
Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability in America. Yet, 93 percent of Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern, according to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
“I appreciate the efforts of the American Stroke Association,” said Salt, whose close friend had a stroke in 2007. “They are bringing awareness to our community concerning stroke prevention in a creative and caring way. When a stroke occurs, it affects family and friends — that’s why it’s critical that this competition be an intergenerational effort, so that people of all ages learn that stroke can happen to anyone and at any time.”
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Read more about Salt’s stroke prevention program at BlackDoctor.Org.
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