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Healthy Man of the Month for July 2016

By on July 6, 2016

Dr. Rani G. Whitfield is an amazing man that you should know!

He’s not just a Board Certified Family Physician with a specialty in Sports medicine, but with his private practice in his native Baton Rouge, LA. He’s a community change-agent who just happen to love Hip-Hop. He’s our July 2016 Healthy Man of the Month!

Known as “Tha Hip Hop Doc,” Dr. Whitfield has been on countless television and radio shows, performed at schools, community events, and has a growing social media presence.

“Using music and medicine to educate kids is amazing. When I began, I would use a radio song to connect to the kids and use that. I’m also a bass player for a local band. It evolved to getting the health message out through comic books, songs, etc.”

Dr. Whitfield has represented the American Heart/American Stroke Association and its Power to End Stroke campaign as ambassador and national spokesperson with the late Yolanda King (daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.), NBA analyst Kenny “The Jet” Smith, actress Cicely Tyson, R&B vocalist Chrisette Michele, and progressive hip-hop artist Dee-1.

“I’m 47 years old and I see people are responding to the hip-hop artists we work with. Dee-1 and I travel the state talking about health issues, and we speak to more than a thousand kids to inspire, motivate. It’s a blessing.”

The collaboration between Dee-1 and Dr. Whitfield inspired a music video entitled “FAST” which discusses the warning signs of a stroke.

Beyond F.A.S.T. – Other Symptoms You Should Know

  • Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes
  • Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause

“Our most important position [as Black men] is our health. We have to focus on taking care of ourselves. African American men are at greatest risk of having strokes compared to white men. We have stroke at younger ages. Strokes can truly change your life for the worst.”

At the end of the day we can’t prevent all things but we can prevent some things.

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. Get the facts from the American Stroke Association.