National Nutrition Professionals to Speak at IUP to Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Posted on 3/22/2016 9:51:12 AM

The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND), supported by the Department of Food and Nutrition, will host two nationally recognized professionals in the field of health and nutrition in honor of National Nutrition Month.

Poster for National Nutrition Month: "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right"At 6:00 p.m. on March 29, 2016, SAND will host Leslie Bonci , the owner of Active Eating Advice—be fit, fed, fearless—a nutrition consulting company. Her presentation will take place in Gorell Recital Hall, second floor of IUP’s Sutton Hall. 

At 6:00 p.m. on March 30, Jill Jayne , creator of the nationally acclaimed “rock & roll” nutrition show will talk about her nationally acclaimed Jump with Jill in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room.

Both programs are free and open to the community.

Bonci’s clients include the National Dairy Council, California Dried Plum Board, Gatorade, Come Ready Nutrition, Smuckers, and Douglas Labs.

She also is a nutrition consultant for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Carnegie Mellon University athletics, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Kansas City Chiefs; was the sports dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 24 years; and has also worked with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Nationals. In addition, she is the company nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and a sports nutrition consultant to the WNBA.

She is the author of Sport Nutrition for Coaches and the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion and co-author of Run Your Butt Off, Walk Your Butt Off, the Active Calorie Diet and Bike Your Butt Off.

She is a blogger for Us News and World Report Eat + Run, and has a weekly television segment, “The Winning Plate,” on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today Live show. Bonci also has a weekly radio spot on KDKA-radio.

Bonci is an adjunct instructor in the school of dental medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and lectures extensively at universities and corporations.

She is also developing programs with chefs and master gardeners that focuses on helping kids and adults cultivate, investigate, and appreciate a love for cooking and gardening with Camp Delicious and Root Camp. She will also be developing mobile training tables, working with registered dietitians and food coaches to educate and empower children, adolescents, and their parents on treating the body right. 

Jayne, of Pittsburgh, is known as the country’s “only Rockstar Nutritionist.” She is the leading expert in creating and delivering interactive media about health to kids and families. In addition to being an accomplished musician, she is a registered dietitian nutritionist  (RDN) with a  master’s degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and Theater from Penn State University.

Jayne is the creator of the rock and roll nutrition experience, Jump with Jill, where she serves as writer and producer for the show’s music, scripts, video productions, and lesson plans. She personally casts and trains a “Jill army” to perform Jump with Jill around the country.

To date, the Jump with Jill show has been performed more than 2,500 times for three quarters of a million kids across the United States, Canada, and Europe. This work has led to an Emmy Award nomination, an invitation to the White House to meet first lady Michelle Obama, a Grammy nomination consideration for Best Children’s Album, and performances at NFL stadiums. National media coverage includes NPR, Sprout, the Washington Post, and Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect.

Her rock and roll nutrition is the result of her experience as a musician and credentials in nutrition. She spent years as a mainstream recording artist with her rock band, including appearances on The Vans Warped Tour and the American Idol spin-off, The Next Great American Band on FOX. Jayne’s stage credits also include off-Broadway actress, Radio Disney DJ, sketch comedy music writer and performer, and jazz pianist.

Before becoming a professional rockstar nutritionist, she was writer, producer, and host of the nationally syndicated, nationally acclaimed children’s nutrition news program What’s in the News for PBS, and a New York City public school teacher.