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TDA Launches Texas Farm Fresh Tour in Rio Grande Valley (9/16/2016)

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is excited to announce this year’s Texas Farm Fresh Jump with Jill Live Tour, an innovative approach to teaching children about nutrition and Texas agriculture that features an interactive music show. The Texas Farm Fresh Jump with Jill Live Tour is making its way to schools and child care centers throughout the Rio Grande Valley during September and October, as well as stopping by the State Fair of Texas on Oct. 7.

“TDA is helping more Texas children realize that eating nutritious foods and exercising daily makes them part of a very cool — and healthy — crowd,” said Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. “As part of our innovative Farm Fresh Initiative, the live Jump with Jill event provides valuable lessons about good nutrition and Texas agriculture in a way that children will connect with and remember for years to come.”

Jump with Jill incorporates music and dance to turn nutrition education into a live concert. The show takes kids on a journey to a world where healthy living is not just an important thing to do, but the cool thing to do. The audience learns songs that show why everyone should eat breakfast and how eating nutritious foods from the Lone Star State is fun and healthy. 

TDA’s statewide Farm Fresh Initiative encourages schools, child care centers and summer meal sponsors to purchase more local food and create healthy meals that kids enjoy eating. TDA partners also are encouraged to offer education regarding local food, agriculture and nutrition through classroom lessons, taste testing, connecting with agricultural producers and garden-based learning. Farm Fresh activities also strengthen local economies. For every $1 spent on local food, $2.16 of economic activity is generated.

The Jump with Jill tour is scheduled in the following areas:

Sept. 19
Santa Maria
Tony Gonzales Elementary
Sept. 20
Lasara
Lasara Elementary
Sept. 21
Falfurrias
Falfurrias Elementary
Sept. 21
Benavides
Benavides Elementary
Sept. 22
Rio Grande City
Alto Bonito Elementary, North Grammar Elementary
Sept. 23
Roma
Scott Elementary, Saenz Elementary
Sept. 26-27
Laredo
Don Jose Gallego Elementary, Anita Dovalina Elementary, Zachry Elementary
Oct. 10
Edinburg
Kids' Kollege Learning Center
Oct. 11
Harlingen
Child Care Center of Harlingen
Oct. 11
Harlingen
Bonham Elementary
Oct. 12
Mission
Apple Tree Development Center
Oct. 12
Harlingen
Ben Milam Elementary
Oct. 14
Alamo
iKids Academy
Oct. 17
Harlingen
TSTC Child Development Head Start Center
Oct. 18
Brownsville
Charles Isbell Head Start Child Development Center
Oct. 18
Brownsville
DJ Lerma Head Start Child Development Center
Oct. 19
McAllen
Rhema's Learning Center
Oct. 19
Edinburg
Fountain Unit
Oct. 20
Edinburg
The Legacy Center
Oct. 21
Brownsville
TSC Raul J. Guerra Early Childhood Center
Oct. 24
Laredo
Golden Steps
Oct. 25
Laredo
Laredo Infant/Toddler MHC Center
Oct. 26
Mission
Palmview Texas Migrant Council
Oct. 26
Mercedes
Mercedes Texas Migrant Council
Oct. 27
Edinburg
The Children's College Learning Center
Oct. 27
Edinburg
Mini Minds Learning Center
Oct. 28
Mission
Little Einstein's Academy

For more information about Jump with Jill, visit www.JumpWithJill.com, and for more information about the Texas Farm Fresh Jump with Jill Tour, visit www.JumpwithJill.com/FarmFresh.

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