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Munising students Jump with Jill for healthy living

MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - Mather Elementary in Munising had their students dancing and cheering for healthy meals.

The Milk Means More, “Jump with Jill” live tour, sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, made their first Upper Peninsula stop in Munising.

The program encourages kids to eat healthy and get out and move as part of a healthy lifestyle.

“Well, we teach them that they have one body that’s going to last them their entire lives and it’s important for them to take care of this body,” Jump with Jill star Jill Jayne said. “Because this is my body, healthy is good for me, my body, take a good look for me, my body, you better like what you see, my body, because healthy is good for me.”

Mather Elementary Principal Deejay Paquette says after the live show contacted their school, he thought the positive message would be a great fit for his students.

“It was very viewer friendly and the students would get into it and it would have the students up and moving, the message that they’re bringing out about having a healthy breakfast and being active in your lifestyle was all things that we’re very interested in,” Mather Elementary Principal Deejay Paquette said.

Jill Jayne, the star of the show, is a registered dietitian and former teacher. The show has been performed nearly 3,000 times for millions of kids.

“I’m a certified teacher and a certified fitness instructor with a love of nutrition and taking care of my body and helping others get in shape and get healthy as well,” Jayne said.

Jayne says the music based, high energy program, now in its 10th year, is the world’s only rock and roll nutrition show.

“We travel all around the world, all around the country making healthy rock everywhere,” Jayne said.

The “Jump with Jill” program has been nominated for multiple Emmy’s, Telly and Grammy awards, as well as getting an invitation to meet former first lady Michelle Obama.

“It’s also tied with the NFL’s Play 60 and this is kind of a kick off to that so we’ll do some things here at our school that promote this as well,” Paquette said. “We’ll have more activities around our lunch program and things of that nature.”

For more information on the program, visit their website at

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