PARKERSBURG, W. Va. Hundreds of local elementary students stepped out of the classroom today for an interactive lesson at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
It’s all part of the Jump with Jill program which teaches students the benefits of healthy foods and exercise.
David Lancaster is the chair of the education division at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
“Being an educator all these years, the one thing that I know is the lessons that you learn when you’re young and the habits that you pick up when you’re young are the habits that will maintain you, your entire life,” said Dr. Lancaster.
The program uses music to give students a chance to learn through singing and dancing.
Jump with Jill is a rock and roll nutrition show that has traveled worldwide and has performed for millions of children.
“Kids are up and dancing we use music and dance to educate, inspire, and to engage kids to make those healthy choices," said Jill, actor.
Organizers hope that students will take the lessons they learn and share them with others.
"One interesting conversation to have tonight when you’re going through a drive-thru and one of the children look at their parent and say, ‘that’s not healthy for you mom or dad or whoever is with them," said Dr. Lancaster.
WVU Parkersburg has a collaboration with the SNAP education grant that promotes healthy lifestyles.