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Jill Meets The First Lady

On Monday, October 17, 2011, Jill Jayne attended a special reception with first lady Michelle Obama at the White House for her work with Community School District 300’s Healthier US School Challenge run.

“With Michele Obama interacting directly with us, it was a high-profile experience for schools that have succeeded in taking the HealthierUS School Challenge, and a carrot to the other 99% of eligible schools that could take the challenge,” said Jill Jayne, RD, also known as the “rock star nutritionist.” Jayne hosts the Jump with Jill Show in Community Unit School District 300 in Carpentersville, IL, where 17 elementary schools have received HUSSC certification. Jayne has performed 22 times in the district and has also produced three YouTube videos that promoted the HUSSC.

Jayne, who began working in the nutrition field about 10 years ago, said the event was culminating for her: “[When I started], we weren’t allowed to use the word ‘obesity’ for kids,” she recalls. In contrast, Monday’s celebration kicked off with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack emphasizing the issue of childhood obesity and the challenges it presents to future generations.

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