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Black Eyed Peas Star Gets Kids Moving To Promote Healthy Living

A pop music star helped motivate students at a Jacksonville elementary school Monday.

Black Eyed Peas rapper, Jaime “Taboo” Gomez, taught the kids at Tiger Academy elementary school some new dance moves, as well as the importance of physical fitness.

And Taboo, as a father of four, takes his job as an American Cancer Society healthy living ambassador very seriously.

Using a song from his 2014 solo album "Zumbao," Taboo gets the students to follow his lead like a sped-up game of “Simon Says.”

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“We actually practice together in my garage, still to this day," said Gomez about his love of dancing. "My sonJalenis always saying ‘dad are we going to dance today?’

"That motivation and that spark that he has is the thing I’ve had since I was 5 years old.” 

Gomez says, when he visits schools, he hopes adults will continue what he starts with the kids.

“If I could present that and just one person at a school gets activated or inspired, then I feel like I’m doing a good job,” he said.

The Tiger Academy kids will perform the dance they learned at the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day on Saturday. 

The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is one of many community initiatives to address the rising rates of childhood obesity. In Florida, 30 percent of kids are obese or overweight. Jacksonville’s rate is about 28 percent. 

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Jaime "Taboo" Gomez from The Black Eyed Peas.
Ryan Benk / WJCT News
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Jaime "Taboo" Gomez from The Black Eyed Peas.

Ryan Benk is a reporter for WJCT in Jacksonville. He came from Tallahassee, where he worked as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU. Originally from Miami, Florida, he graduated with a bachelor of arts in English literature from Florida State University. During his time in Tallahassee, Ryan also worked as a policy and research analyst for legislative-research firm LobbyTools before returning to public radio at WJCT.
Ryan Benk is originally from Miami, Florida and came to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. He worked on Miami Dade College’s Arts and Literature Magazine- Miamibiance Magazine and has published poetry and a short film called “ The Writer.” He’s currently working as the Newsroom’s Researcher while finishing his Creative Writing Bachelor’s Degree at Florida State University. When he’s not tracking down news, Ryan likes watching films, writing fiction and poetry, and exploring Florida.