Speaking to the youth!

I have been richly blessed to speak to a group of youth recently about making a lifestyle change through eating healthier, doing more exercise and making wiser choices with snacks. I am so grateful to

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation for training me and giving me all the tools I need to be able to go out and speak at schools and youth groups.

I was able to share my own story and then speak on all the ways we can be healthier. They were so receptive to my message “Get up and Get Moving.”

It was a great evening and I really enjoyed my time with this great group of youth. I look forward to my upcoming events to share my message.

Youth visit “Empower me.it is “by kids for kids” movement that’s inspiring all kids to make healthy behavior changes and to become advocates and leaders for healthy eating and physical activity. It is a wonderful web site to get you on your way to leading a healthier life.

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  1. Roberta Holmberg says:

    Jill, I loved your blog. You deserve to win, and not just because you are gorgeous! I am glad you are better now. And, you have made me think about being more active. Thank you!
    I wish you luck, Jill! Using your experience to help others is something we all need to strive for.
    Roberta 😉

  2. I just read your story on your website regarding dealing with diabetes. I had no idea you went through all this. My last doctor’s visit he told me that I was borderline diabetes.
    I was kind of shocked because I know about 2 1/2 years ago I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I decided to do something about it because I didn’t want to develop diabetes. Over the course of about 18 months, I lost 50 lbs and was feeling great.
    Unfortunately, over the last 6-7 months I have put about 15 lbs of it back on basically due to the fact I was traveling a lot for work and got out of my good eating habits and exercise routine.
    Your story is giving me more incentive to work harder and finally get myself in shape. Thank you again for sharing your story and good luck in the Mrs Idaho pageant. You definitely deserve to win.


  3. This is my 2nd week with TOPS.
    I came to your site from Iowa ave.
    Your article on what is type 2 diabetes is great. Really got me thinking of making some changes.
    You have a great story to tell. keep sharing it.
    I really feel some type of support system will help me be more successful.

  4. Julie Ann Keyser says:

    I read your platform and what an awesome story to share. I was surprised to learn you had put on weight as I don’t see any residual effects of sagging skin on you. You look great and I just figured you hadn’t changed all these years. I lost 30 pounds myself about four years ago due to acid reflux problems and the diet my doctor put me on not to lose weight but to keep from eating harmful foods that were causing ulcers in my throat.

  5. Gina Gippner-Woods says:

    Well you go “girl friend!” I’m so proud of you. What an accomplishment. You go and win that contest. YOU CAN DO IT. I KNOW YOU CAN! Keep me posted!

    Seriously, I’m truly excited for you! Prayers your way. Anything in particular you want me to pray for? Let me know.. I’m your prayer partner!

    Big hug!
    Onward girl!

  6. I saw some of your articles on Welsphere. Your message is powerful and I see that you have a gift from god to move others for the good.
    Visit our site for any helpful information you may need in your journey to help others.

    You will do well in Mrs. Idaho
    Bless you for making time with a family to still get your message out there. You have a “Wonderful” Story that should be told/

  7. Jill,
    We can't tell you enough how proud of you we are. You have had one of the most amazing life's. I have learned so much from you. You have strength like no one I know.
    Your Mom would be so proud of you.

    I love your story and your web site

    Kelly & Mark

  8. I recently saw your story featured on Iowa ave health. Having a diagnosis of diabetes about a year ago I have lost 30 pounds to date. I lost 40 but put on 10 over the holidays. I keep pluging along and am going to use some tips from your web site.
    You have a great message to share.
    Keep it up it’s so good for diabetics to know they can do what you did and win at getting the disease under control.

    Good luck to you.

  9. Dawn Craig says:

    Loved reading/hearing your story. Way to go Girl!! How delightful to feel in control of your life and able to enjoy it!! Proud of you for the effort and sacrifices made. Hope your health is a blessing in your life from now on out!!

  10. Jill,
    I love the Michael phelps post. You are so funny.
    When I look at that picture I think of stud, hotty.
    I love your blog and think you would make a great Mrs. Idaho.
    Weren’t you Miss Ventura in your teens?
    I am glad we again found each other.

  11. Lori Chandler says:

    I am a faithful reader of your blog.
    You have a great talent for writing and I was glad to see you were featured on diet quest. Your before and after pictures are so good and you look great. I am on my way but still have 30 pounds to go. Thanks for your inspiration.

  12. You have a awesome message. I read your story and am still amazed that you did not give up even with a broken ankle. I love wellsphere and sure that site a lot and just ran across your story in Type 2 diabetes.

    Keep up the good work. Tpye 2 needs a voice like yours.

    Good luck in your pageant

  13. I was looking at all the contestants on the Mrs. page and saw that your platform is Type 2 diabetes. Congratulations on your weight loss.
    My father has diabetes and so does my 2 aunts. None of them take good care of their health which causes me to worry because I know my dad wont live along life unless he get’s a grip and start’s losing some weight.
    You have a great story.

    I will be attending the pageant. I have a few friends that our in the Miss Teen Idaho division.

    You will do great. I will look forward to seeing you in March.

  14. Anonymous says:

    You have a helpful blog with great information. You are an asset to the diabetic community.

  15. Good luck in Mrs. Idaho,
    I am doing the 6 meals a day. I am hoping I have as much success as you did. Thanks for the inspiration. I put your site under my favorites so I could come back for more inspiration.