DIXON – Families will get an opportunity to Jump with Jill.
The multimedia nutritional rock show is returning Oct. 2 for a free family night at Dixon Elks Club, 1279 Franklin Grove Road. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Jump with Jill, which teaches children about nutrition through song and activities, was a hit last year at area schools, so much so that the physical education teachers at Jefferson Elementary School still use her fitness CD in class, said Christine Scheffler, Community Wellness coordinator at KSB Hospital.
“The basis of many diseases comes from obesity, heart disease, diabetes,” Scheffler said. “If we can get control of childhood and adult obesity, we’ll see a decrease in the diseases that corresponds with it.”
The live Jump with Jill show has been performed more than 1,000 times for 250,000 kids and has been featured in national media outlets including Nickelodeon, Sprout PBS, NPR and The Washington Post.
What makes her shows so unique is her ability to get children involved and excited, Scheffler said.
“She markets her message for a nutritious and healthy lifestyle the same way a fast-food restaurant might market to kids,” Scheffler said. “She makes it inviting and colorful, and she has tons of energy.
“This is an important part of our mission to education children on nutrition.”
The program will kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the wellness program, because Scheffler said prevention is predicated on nutrition.
Jump with Jill is expected to have new songs and activities. Also, the program will make stops at Amboy and AFC schools, as well as St. Mary’s and Jefferson elementary schools in Dixon.
KSB Hospital is partnering with agencies, such as the Lee County Health Department, Home of Hope, the Northern Illinois Cancer Treatment Center, and the American Cancer Society to put on the program.