Conner Creek Academy East Elementary School students raise their hands May 30 during an interactive concert, “Jump with Jill,” that starred Renee Zelinski as Jill and Nick Greene as DJ Slick Nick teaching about nutrition and exercise.

Conner Creek Academy East Elementary School students raise their hands May 30 during an interactive concert, “Jump with Jill,” that starred Renee Zelinski as Jill and Nick Greene as DJ Slick Nick teaching about nutrition and exercise.

Photo by Bria Brown


‘Jump with Jill’ visits Conner Creek Academy East

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 5, 2018

ROSEVILLE — Students at Conner Creek Academy East, 16911 Eastland St., learned about nutrition May 30 during “Jump with Jill,” a music-based health program for kids. 

Renee Zelinski and Nick Greene are part of the “Jump with Jill” touring cast — which is sponsored by Meijer — and they had a host of songs and dance moves to teach the students. The show came at no cost to Conner Creek Academy East. 

Students in grades one through four gathered inside the gym and heard about how they should eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day to “release the rock star” within themselves. 

“We have one body that’s going to last us our entire lives. It’s your job to take care of your bodies,” said Zelinski. 

Zelinski called fruit “nature’s candy,” and said that she had a sweet tooth for her favorite fruit. 

“To do the things that we love, our bodies need energy. Our bodies are a lot like a car, if you really think about it. Our bodies need fuel to go, just like a car. Food fuels our engine,” she said. 

Zelinski also spoke about unhealthy foods. 

“Unhealthy foods don’t give our bodies energy. They do fuel our engine, but it’s not the best type of fuel,” she said. “I’m not saying you should never have unhealthy foods; you can have them once in a while.”  

As far as breakfast, Zelinski said kids could drink low-fat milk and yogurt. 

“You can have whole grain cereal and low-fat milk, or you can have low-fat yogurt,” she said.
Zelinski said children also could add fruit to their low-fat yogurt.

Besides fruit, Zelinski told the children about vegetables and how healthy they are to eat. 

“I like to call them super power vegetables,” said Zelinski. 

Toward the end of the show, students were able to exercise while singing songs. Zelinski had them hold up their right hands and promise to “try a new vegetable within the next week.” 

Zelinski said she’s lucky to be part of the students’ lives in this capacity. 

“The ‘Jump with Jill’ show is always a ton of fun for me, because I love teaching kids to take care of their bodies through singing and dancing. I always love watching them have fun while they are learning about healthy habits. I’m so lucky that I get to witness this every day. I truly believe that after seeing the show, that kids will think being healthy is cool and they will want to be healthy too,” said Zelinski. 

Conner Creek Academy East Principal Karen Smith said the students enjoyed the program.  

“The ‘Jump with Jill’ experience was an engaging performance for our students that got them excited about healthy lifestyles, including food choices and exercising. They had a lot of fun participating in the program,” she said.