Contact: Hailey Zoccoli
hailey@jumpwithjill dot com
Direct: (800) 531-0760 x 1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUMP WITH JILL LIVE TOUR PRESENTED BY MEIJER ROCKS MIDWEST SCHOOLS
Produce for Kids raises funds to bring nutrition education program to local schools
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – February 27, 2017 – The world’s only rock & roll nutrition show Jump with Jill is poised to rock schools across the Midwest this spring thanks to the efforts of the Produce for Kids campaign hosted by Meijer. In the fall of 2016, participating produce suppliers raised enough funds to provide Jump with Jill at no cost to 25 schools this spring in the following areas:
- Columbus, OH – Feb 27 – March 3, 2017
- Milwaukee, WI – March 6 – 10, 2017
- Lansing, MI – March 13 – 16, 2017
- Detroit, MI – March 20 – 24, 2017
“Our partnership with Produce for Kids allows us to better educate our customers about the importance of making healthy food choices,” Meijer Healthy Living Advisor Melissa Hehmann said. “We’re extending the reach of Meijer Health and Wellness initiatives by supporting Jump with Jill and its mission to educate kids about good nutrition.”
Created by a Registered Dietitian and musician, Jump with Jill approaches nutrition education with catchy songs and upbeat dance moves to engage kids on the subject of health. Students leave the assembly empowered to eat better. Mejier offers a gorgeous and affordable selection of fruits and vegetables. Produce for Kids provides easy, fun and inspiring recipes that feature Meijer produce. The ten produce suppliers making this tour possible are Avocados from Mexico, Dole Salads, Earthbound Farm, Michigan Apples, Pero Family Farm, Sunset, Highline Mushrooms, Marzetti Salad Dressing, Green Giant, and Lil’ Snappers. United against junk food, we will be victorious!
About Jump with Jill
The world’s only rock & roll nutrition show Jump with Jill uses music and dance to celebrate healthy habits by transforming nutrition education into a live concert. Created by a Registered Dietitian and professional musician, the show uses singable anthems guaranteed to get students moving and learning about healthy habits. Now in its tenth year, the Jump with Jill show has been performed nearly 3,000 times for a million kids across the world. Find this press release and high resolution images at www.jumpwithjill.com/meijer-press/.
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.
About Produce for Kids®
Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically-based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raise funds for local children’s non-profit organizations. Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $6 million to benefit kids and families. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, visit www.produceforkids.com.
(800) 531-0760 x 1
Meet the Midwest Cast:
Laura Brown, MS, RD – “Jill”
Laura Brown, MS, RD stars as “Jill” in the Midwest Cast of the Jump with Jill show. To date, Laura has performed the show 260 times for 90,000 kids. A proud Michigan State graduate, Laura is the first Jill with the same credentials as creator Jill Jayne. Another singing dietitian? It’s too good to be true. Laura is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a BS in Kinesiology and Health. After graduating college, she became a Registered Dietitian and obtained her MS in Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University. Laura came to Jump with Jill after several years teaching at a school-based health clinic as a clinical dietitian, providing nutrition counseling to middle and high school students. Laura’s theatrical experience began when she attended a performing arts high school, where she majored in vocal music and dramatic arts. Since then, she has enjoyed performing in many productions throughout her community, including Legally Blonde, Anything Goes, and Seussical. Laura is in disbelief that she has been lucky enough to find a role where she can combine her career in nutrition and physical activity with her passion for performing.
Nick Greene – “DJ”
Nick Greene co-stars as “DJ Slick Nick” in the Midwest Cast of the Jump with Jill show. To date, Nick has performed the show 100 times for 35,000 kids. In addition to being a pro behind the turn tables, Nick is a certified teacher and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a BS in Biology and Chemistry for Secondary Education. An avid hockey player and disc golfer, Nick also has spent many years on the stage with shows like Chicago, collections of dinner theatre shows, and many works by Shakespeare. Putting his two passions together is a dream come true! Nick hails from Whitmore Lake, Michigan.
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