Have you ever fallen asleep during staff development? Would you rather alphabetize this stack of paperwork than go to another training seminar? Millions of Americans have suffered from BCS, or Boring Conference Syndrome. Symptoms of Boring Conference Syndrome include: acute daydreaming, powerpoint induced napping, diminished attention span, compulsive shoe shopping on smart phones, depressing Facebook updates, uncontrolled snacking, and chronic doodling. But, there’s help. Hi, I’m The Rockstar Nutritionist, Jill Jayne. I use my credentials as a registered dietitian and my experience as a musician to create high energy professional presentations and staff development that will keep your audience learning… and laughing!
I returned to my alma mater to headline the 16th Annual Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture held at the restored State Theatre in downtown State College. With strawberries dressed in tuxedos, and my dad, I rocked a talk titled “Debunk the Junk” which featured the media’s influence on how we think about ourselves and our food.
Read news articles about the performance:
To announce her appearances around Nebraska, Jill appeared on WOWT, Omaha’s NBC Affiliate. Talking about her rock ‘n roll approach to nutrition with anchor Chase Moffitt, Jill was the special guest for the Midday program.
Catch Jill in Nebraska:
Tuesday 4/12/11: Bring the Kids! Open Jump with Jill Performance in Omaha, NE
Jill performs FREE for kids and families: http://www.omahaafterschool.org/movin-after-school
Wednesday 4/13/11: Professional Development For Teachers, Parents, Community Members, Teens in Lincoln, NE
Jill speaks at the Action for Health Kids Nebraska: www.actionforhealthykids.org/nebraska
Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids presents the 5th Annual Summit “Take Action! Sharing Successes and Building for the Future” this Wednesday, April 13th from 8 AM- 3:30 PM at the Center for People in Need Conference Center, Lincoln, NE.
Action for Healthy Kids is a nonprofit, volunteer organization formed specifically to address the epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished youth by focusing on changes in Nebraska schools to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. The Summit is designed to provide schools and community members with the knowledge and resources necessary to promote health and wellness within Nebraska schools. In addition to providing information on best practices, the summit provides attendees with a chance to network with other wellness advocates and hear about success stories that are happening in Nebraska.
Jill Jayne, MS, RD, The Rockstar Nutritionist, will be a keynote speaker at the summit exploring different ways to deliver nutrition and physical activity education. Her background as a musician and love for nutrition will engage the audience in a new and exciting way. Jill Jayne’s keynote will expand the boundaries of nutrition and physical activity education by discovering new ways to educate through entertainment. During an interactive breakout session designed for the students, Jill will challenge the youth to be change agents in their own schools to promote health and wellness. Attendees will walk away with new ways to adapt their education style to better connect with their target audience.
For more information about Action for Healthy Kids in Nebraska visit: www.actionforhealthykids.org/nebraska
This week, Jill returns to her alma mater, Penn State, for the 16th Annual Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture!
DEBUNK THE JUNK: an interactive lecture that answers why you are what you eat
Thursday, March 31, 7 PM
The State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue, State College, PA
FREE and open to the public!
Rocking Lovinggood Middle School in Atlanta, GA on St Patrick’s Day! The day before their big conference, dietitians from the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group volunteered to plant a garden at this school, culminating with a show by the Rockstar Nutritionist. WMDPG chose Lovinggood because they are the recent Fuel Up to Play 60 state winner. I performed for my fellow dietitians, district superindendants, four USDA personnel, Southwest Dairy Council reps, and the Lovinggood 7th Grade. Tomorrow I keynote for the WMDPG Symposium, Weight Management: A Lifelong Experience, at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta. More info here: http://notetohealth.com/onthebeat/2011/03/15/symposium-features-rockstar-nutritionist-keynote-sharing-evidence-lightens-a-heavy-topic/
Symposium Features Rockstar Nutritionist: Sharing Evidence Lightens a Heavy Topic
Jill Jayne to Keynote at the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group Symposium in Atlanta March 18, 2011
In the war against obesity, registered dietitians (RDs) are on the front lines of the battle. Every day, they help people of all ages and health conditions to better manage weight. Training in the latest proven methods is mandatory for the RDs to reverse this national epidemic.
From 3/18-3/20, the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group (WM DPG) will hold its national symposium: Weight Management: A Lifelong Experience at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta.
What a launch! We sent our new tunes into official orbit this past weekend at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, held in the lovely Boston, MA. The CD, officially titled Goin’ on a Journey: Songs for Every Body, CD joins our fleet of healthy habits musical offerings that now include both preschool and elementary. It is now available on Amazon and iTunes!
Dietitians from around the globe enjoyed a photo opp with “The Jills,” featuring the real Jill Jayne, MS, RD– creator of Jump with Jill– and the new avatar Jill. Avatar Jill represents our expansion of the show to improve our reach and vision as we tour multiple casts of Jills around the country.
The Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo is a conference specifically for the Registered Dietitian and Diet Technician. Most RDs have 5-7 years of training, separating us from your average health nut. The interest is beyond nutrients, but to how food helps and hurts our bodies and the world we live. This conference is our profession’s Christmas, the event a dietitian’s entire year revolves around. We rally our healthy messages all year long, and arrive to the conference ready for professional development, to connect with colleagues and to check out the latest in food trends dancing in our heads.
Exhibitors like myself share the show floor with giants like Frito Lay, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nestle and Hershey’s. These companies are also sponsors of the conference, so you can imagine how the foods they produce are positioned to us.
*Have you heard that there is now more whole grains in chips?
*Did you know that kids will eat more carrots when dipped in a moderate amount of ranch dressing?
*Did you know that high fructose corn syrup is now called corn sugar?
*Have your heard about Hershey’s new “Moderation Nation” that promotes moderation, not depravation, as the key to a healthy life?
Dietitians walked away with totes filled like Santa Claus, with samples to spread the good product cheer, but the hope has to be that this new wave of marketability of “health” can continue to transform items we still can call food. Just like Christmas, it’s not about the presents. It’s our continued vigilance in educating our clients and customers about how to cut through this stealthy new food PR. After a day on the show floor with so many pastes, fortification and selling points, all I want is a salad.
This past sunday, dietitians in the metro New York area gathered for our monthly mini-meeting in the great outdoors of my beautiful urban backyard garden. Everyone is excited for the second annual!
On Tax Day, not only did I have the pleasure of meeting this guy dressed as the statue of liberty reminding everyone of the impending tax deadline:
I had the thrill of getting up at 4 AM to appear on Daybreak Arkansas KATV 7 to promote my appearance later that morning at the Arkansas Dietetic Association in Little Rock.
With on-air host Melinda Mayo, I used elements from my presentation to professionals and the Jump with Jill show for kids to demonstrate four habits that contribute to lifelong nutrition:
- portion control
- drink more water
- superpower vegetables
- get your calcium
When I arrived at the Conference Center to deliver my talk, all the dietitians in my audience were most thrilled about the fact that Melinda announced I was a REGISTERED DIETITIAN. This is big news for my profession, where guests are often not screened for the rigorous training required to be a “nutrition expert.” A special thanks to Sarah Chunn, the Arkansas Dietetic Association PR rep, who got me this fun media placement. I was impressed that these women had voluntarily been awake at this hour to see my segment!
It was a zanny 24 hours and can’t wait to return to ‘The Rock” to rock.