Doctors' Notes

Black Music Month: It Does A Body Good

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Welcome to Doctors’ Notes, our newest contribution from Urban Health correspondents and husband and wife physicians Dr. Rob and Dr. Karla Robinson.  The dynamic duo will be fielding questions about health, as it relates to African Americans.  Please feel free to send them questions via talkback@jetmag.comWe promise to keep it anonymous. 


As we wrap up Black Music Month, it’s important to know that the music we love to move and groove to also may be good for our health!  Studies have shown that a good tune can help to maintain your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Music can be beneficial to anyone-both young and old.  Music has been shown to not only improve infant brain development, but also improve pain in those facing end of life issues.

The health benefits of music have been documented for many years. Research continues to find that music has been linked to decreased pain in those suffering from chronic illness, anxiety reduction in those undergoing medical procedures, and improved verbal communication skills in children suffering from autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  Those are just a few of the benefits of a good tune — and they came from simply listening to the music!

There are also many health benefits associated with not only listening to music, but moving to it as well.  Dancing is one of the best forms of exercise with an estimated average 400 to 600 calories burned with just 60 minutes of activity.  In addition to getting your heart rate up, dancing can get rid of extra body fat and build lean muscle.  These are all important factors in attaining and maintaining heart health.

Some of our favorite tunes can remind us of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few Black Music Month artists that can help us remember to take care of our bodies:

James Brown

“I Feel Good” 

Music has some important mental health benefits.  Research has shown that music may help to improve depression, relieve anxiety, and elevate mood.


“Move Your Body”

Quickly becoming a theme for First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to fight childhood obesity, this song had children understanding the importance of exercise in achieving a healthy lifestyle.  Dancing is a great way to encourage exercise and to get the entire family involved.

Marvin Gaye

“Sexual Healing”

Sexual activity has many mental and physical health benefits.  It’s not only great for heart health! In fact, a healthy sex life can also boost the immune system and relieve stress.

Mary Mary


Walking is an important way to get the health benefits of exercise.  It doesn’t require any equipment — practically anyone can do it.  Walking for 30 to 45 minutes each day can be a great addition to your health regimen.

It’s a health thing…we’ve got to understand!

About the Doctors:

Dr. Karla and Dr. Rob are the founders of Urban Housecall, a multimedia health and wellness resource, and also hosts of the Urban Housecall Radio Show.  For more from the doctors, visit their website at, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter @urbanhousecall!