Even the coolest kids will be hard pressed to shrug off nutrition when Jill Jayne, the rappin’ registered dietician, takes to the stage.
Musician turned dietitian, Jayne combines her acting, media and band experience with her nutrition degree to teach kids about health in Jump with Jill, a one-hour rock-and-roll nutrition assembly program available to schools across the country.
Her funky rhythms include songs about the heart and lungs, watermelon bandits, soda, strong bones, and breakfast. She exposes students to the facts behind the crush of advertisements aimed at teens, especially those for energy drinks and fast food. See one of her latest music videos, Nature’s Candy:
To date, Jayne has performed more than 1,000 shows for more than 100,000 kids. She’s also worked with First Lady Michelle Obama and with the National Football League’s Play 60 Program that encourages kids to be active for 60 minutes a day. She’s appeared on countless TV shows in every state.
And expose your kids to new food, like Jill does, try the following edamame dip.
Story by David Feder, a food writer in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.