Providing performances of the 'Jump with Jill' rock 'n' roll nutrition concert to schoolchildren in NJ counties with the highest obesity rates

Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.This one-time grant will help Young Audiences (YA) expand the "Jump with Jill" program to serve more New Jersey school children in counties with the highest obesity rates, according to County Health Rankings: Cumberland, Salem, Atlantic, Hudson, Essex, Camden, Passaic, Cape May, Gloucester, and Union. Created by registered dietitian and musician Jill Jayne, this proven-to-be-effective program uses the arts to educate elementary school students about health, nutrition, and exercise. YA will serve approximately 20,000 kindergarten and elementary school students throughout these counties. The live school performances are designed to translate nutrition education into music, dance moves, and a hip wardrobe to get students engaged, moving, and learning about healthy habits. Tailored for two age groups (grades K-2 and 3-5), "Jump with Jill" energizes and empowers students, giving them the knowledge to make healthy choices. The program-related books and other materials are aligned with the NJ Department of Education's MyPlate standards, and the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool standards.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $115,716.00

Awarded on: 8/27/2015

Time frame: 9/1/2015 - 6/30/2016

Grant Number: 72856


Young Audiences of New Jersey, Inc

200 Forrestal Road
Princeton, 08540-6605


Adam Nicolai
Project Director