Students at South River Elementary School in Harrison Township get into the Jump with Jill show on Jan. 8. Jump with Jill is a nationally acclaimed rock ’n’ roll nutrition show that stopped by thanks to Michigan’s Dairy Farmers and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan’s Milk Means More campaign.

Students at South River Elementary School in Harrison Township get into the Jump with Jill show on Jan. 8. Jump with Jill is a nationally acclaimed rock ’n’ roll nutrition show that stopped by thanks to Michigan’s Dairy Farmers and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan’s Milk Means More campaign.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Local elementary students learn about nutrition through lively show

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 10, 2019

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Students at South River Elementary School got into the groove of living healthy when the nationally acclaimed rock ’n’ roll nutrition show Jump with Jill stopped by Harrison Township Jan. 8.

The high-octane and humorous program, led by an energetic character named “Jill” and her sidekick “DJ Slick Nick,” fused educational lessons with music, songs and dancing, as well as a little acrobatics.

“Are you ready to rock?” was Jill’s opening question for students, who responded with an uproarious “Yes!”

Jill and DJ Slick Nick went on to talk and sing about the importance of eating right, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” how important the Play 60 motto is — exercising one hour a day, every day —  and how sugary drinks and junk food don’t offer the essential type of energy a body needs to get through the day.

“We only get one body that’s going to last us our entire lives.” The show encouraged eating more fruits and vegetables, replenishing the body with water, and drinking more milk for overall health.

South River is among the 28 Michigan schools that have been awarded the show this school year by Michigan’s Dairy Farmers, in partnership with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan’s Milk Means More campaign. The campaign aims to provide science-based nutrition information and foster a healthier society.

Now in its 11th year, Jump with Jill uses singable anthems to transform nutrition education into a live concert. Created by a registered dietitian, the program has been performed all over the world for more than a million kids. The show also gives each school a custom-designed milk crate filled with educational materials to continue the show’s messages all year long.

The United States Department of Agriculture states that the average Michigan cow produces approximately 3,000 gallons of milk a year.

That means there’s plenty of milk for students like Gavin Mandoky. The fifth-grader said he has milk with his cereal in the morning and drinks milk with his lunch at school.

Mandoky, 11, said he enjoyed Jump with Jill mostly because he learned how important vegetables are for the skin, eyes and hair. “I didn’t know how good they are for you,” he said.

The students also took a pledge during the show, promising to try at least one new vegetable within a week.

Mandoky said he planned to try an onion, while fifth-grader A.J. Doss planned to try celery.

Mya Wallick, 10, said she wants to try cauliflower.

“I didn’t know there was so much sugar in juice,” said Wallick, adding that she’s never been a fan of sugary beverages in the first place. “I drink a lot of water.”

For more about Jump with Jill, visit jumpwithjill.com.

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