Usher Joins Honey Nut Cheerios™ to Encourage Families to “Bee” Happy and Healthy Together in New Campaign
Music superstar helps bee-loved Honey Nut Cheerios character Buzz encourage people to connect through dance and celebrate happy and healthy moments
The bee-loved bee also has some help from Usher in his brand new commercial premiering nationally today. The spot highlights the fact that bees communicate through dance, showing Buzz’s natural dancing ability as he “speaks” to the artist about the importance of a heart–healthy breakfast. In true Usher–fashion, he responds with some of his own famous dance moves, all set to his hot new release “She Came to Give it to You.”
“Dance to me is a feeling, an emotion — the movement is good for your heart in so many ways,” said Usher. “I really feel like Buzz and I connected through dance during this shoot. He has some serious dance skills and I’m looking forward to getting more people dancing.”
“Since bees communicate through dance, I have to admit that it was pretty sweet to learn some new dance moves from an artist like Usher,” said Buzz. “Nothing gets me buzzing like the heart–healthy whole grain oats and delicious real honey in each bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios… and now, Usher’s music!”
Heart Health and Physical Activity
Heart disease affects one in three people in the U.S. or approximately 82.6 million people, according to the American Heart Association; but a few simple lifestyle choices can make a big difference in people’s overall health:
- Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol will reduce risk of dying of heart disease
- Eating a healthy diet that is low in salt, low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol, and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables
- Daily physical activity, like dancing or taking a brisk walk
- Quitting smoking; not smoking
As part of a heart–healthy* eating plan, eating Honey Nut Cheerios each day can help lower cholesterol. Made with whole grains and low in fat, Honey Nut Cheerios also provides 12 essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, made with real honey, people don’t have to sacrifice taste to eat something that’s packed with goodness.
“We hope to reach families with the important message that making healthy choices can be fun,” said Gail Peterson, associate marketing director for Honey Nut Cheerios. “We’re excited to bring such a respected and talented artist like Usher together with Buzz to help spread this message through dance.”
Honey Nut Cheerios is bringing to life the idea of celebrating happy and healthy moments through multiple partnerships and TV advertisements throughout 2014–2015, including the 30–second commercial starring Usher and directed by acclaimed director Hype Williams. The campaign is also being supported by digital ads, public relations, social media efforts and special fan experiences that will be announced in 2015.
People across the United States choose the irresistible taste of golden Honey Nut Cheerios more than any other cereal, making it the #1 cereal in America **. Honey Nut Cheerios cereal was introduced in 1979 as the first extension of the iconic Cheerios cereal brand.
To learn more about Honey Nut Cheerios and a heart–healthy eating plan, visit Cheerios.com.
*3 grams of soluble fiber daily from whole grain oat foods, like Honey Nut Cheerios cereal, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Honey Nut Cheerios cereal provides .75 grams per serving.
**Based on Nielsen sales data, 52 weeks ending 8/2/14
Cheerios, America’s No. 1 cereal, debuted in 1941 as Cheerioats. The nation’s first ready–to–eat oat cereal has since become one of the most trusted and recognized brands in America. In fact, one of every 8 boxes of cereal sold in America is a box of Cheerios. General Mills’ popular franchise includes Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter, Chocolate Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, and Banana Nut Cheerios. Cheerios also has a publishing division that includes the popular Cheerios Play Books and other activity books. For more information, go to www.cheerios.com.
Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best–selling artists in American music history, having sold over 50 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including 8 Grammy Awards and has been named by Billboard the #1 Hot 100 artist as well as the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade. During his 20–year career Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 top–10 singles. His career–propelling 2004 album “Confessions” has also been ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. This year Usher completed his second season as a coach on NBC’s Emmy award winning hit TV show “The Voice” as well as the filming of his role as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone”.
About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Häagen–Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2014 worldwide sales of US $17.9 billion.