Healthy Hippie Chef, six others to present at Health and Wellness Fair

INA, Ill. (April 9, 2015) – It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for at the Rend Lake College Health and Wellness Fair – there’s something for everyone. With seven presentations planned for the fair, attendees can expect to see and hear about anything from healthy eating and nutrients in food to self-defense and Jiu-Jitsu.

All presentations, with the exception of Jiu-Jitsu, will be held in the Private Dining Area (PDA) of the Student Center between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, April 17. Several different Jiu-Jitsu demonstrations will be held from 9 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on the floor of Waugh Gymnasium.

The main speaker for the event is Stacy Pasoni – also known as the Healthy Hippie Chef – who will speak in the PDA from 1 – 1:50 p.m. Her presentation, called “Healthy Ways = Happy Days,” will focus on Pasoni’s battles with health and how she came to peace with food. During her presentation, Pasoni will award a prize to someone in the audience, as well as have her cookbooks available.

As a chef, author, and motivational speaker, Pasoni spends much of her time on television in her own segments called “The Spiel” on Fox 23 at 11 a.m. Saturdays. She’s also been featured on the show “Julie & Friends” on the TCT Network, and other popular shows including “The Today Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and “Live with Kelly & Michael.” More information about Pasoni can be found online at


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Stacy Pasoni,
the Healthy Hippie Chef
Jared Jessup,
Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Students attending the fair will be divided up into grade levels to attend Jared Jessup’s Jiu-Jitsu and anti-bullying presentation in the gymnasium. Having started training in Jiu-Jitsu at 13 years old, Jessup is a Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt holder and owns iQ Athletics in Benton.

During his presentation for the students, Jessup will teach how to protect oneself from a bully using his “talk, tell, tackle” plan. Students should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn what a bully is and techniques for confidence building and resisting peer pressure. To learn more about Jessup and iQ Athletics, visit

Five other presenters will take the stage in the PDA throughout the day. Kicking things off will be RLC Horticulture Instructor Ryne Fullerton speaking about “Growing Your Own Healthy Foods” from 9:15 – 9:50 a.m. During his presentation, Fullerton will talk about growing vegetables, different types of vegetables, correct times of the year to plant seedlings, what soil is best for different plants, and how to plant a fall garden.

After Fullerton, the Women’s Center of Carbondale will make a presentation about sexual assault awareness and prevention from 10 – 10:50 a.m. As one of the first domestic violence centers in the country, the Women’s Center, Inc. was created in 1972 to provide a safe and secure environment for Southern Illinois women and their children. Their presentation aligns with their mission – to end domestic violence and sexual assault against women, men, adolescents, and children in Southern Illinois.

“Education and prevention are the key to ending violence,” their website states. “The Women’s Center offers public education and prevention programs on many topics related to domestic violence and sexual assault.” To learn more about the Women’s Center, visit

The day will turn over to SI Elder Law’s Tiffanny Sievers from 11 – 11:50 a.m. Sievers opened SI Elder Law, LLC, in response to issues facing the elderly and their need for quality care and financial options. She designs estate plans, files VA Aid and Attendance Applications, works with Medicaid Applications, and handles probate and guardianship cases.

On the side, Sievers is active in the Jackson and Williamson counties bar associations and the Marion and Carbondale Chambers of Commerce. More information on Sievers and SI Elder Law can be found online at

Another RLC instructor, Chef Jeff Fairbanks of the Culinary Arts Department, will teach others how to “Keep Vitamins in Your Food” from noon – 12:50 p.m. Fairbanks said he will focus the presentation on foods with high levels of vitamins and minerals, and the best way to cook those foods with minimal loss of those nutrients.

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Following Fairbanks and Pasoni will be the final presentation of the day, hosted by Detective Captain Jeff Bullard of the Mt. Vernon Police Department. Bullard’s “Self Defense” session will last from 2 – 2:50 p.m. and will be a combination of participation and lecture. Some of the topics he hopes to touch on are defense techniques, situational awareness, safety through prevention, and carrying a concealed firearm.

“There will be the possibility of class interaction for anyone wanting to see a few simple techniques. It depends on if there are volunteers,” said Bullard. “Other than law enforcement, I have taught Police Weapons and Defensive Tactics, and Women’s Self Defense for RLC. I have received many hours of this training, starting with the Police Academy and continuing education with the High Risk Team, for which I am the Assistant Team Commander.”

BullardSpeakingCC2014 wDetective Captain Jeff Bullard presented a similar session at the 21st Annual Kids, Courts, and Schools Conference last year at the Rend Lake Resort in Whittington. Bullard will speak about self-defense at the Health and Wellness Fair.

See below for a full list of presentations, booths, and activities for the Health and Wellness Fair. The fair is offered thanks to a Community Engagement Award of $4,500 from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region. This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal Funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN‐276‐2011‐00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

For more information about the Health and Wellness Fair, contact Beth Mandrell at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1276 or [email protected]. For schools or teachers interested in bringing students to the Healthy Body Walk, contact Kelli Stover at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1280 or [email protected] to schedule a visit.

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Addus Assisted Living
Area Health Education Center Health Education Careers
Alpha Home Care Medical Equipment
American Cancer Society Cancer Information
American Family Insurance Health Insurance
American Heart Association Cardiac Care
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Byrd-Watson Prescription services
Celtic Hospice
CRHPC (Rea Clinic) Health Care information
Crossroads Hospital 3D Mammography
DoTerra – Sarah Draper Essential Oils
Four Fountains Assisted Living
Franklin Hospital Bone density and BMI information; Breast Cancer awareness,
Depression screenings, Physical Therapy, Respiratory COPD
Good Samaritan Lung Cancer screenings information and 3D Mammography
Ryne Fullerton Grow Your Own Healthy Foods presentation
Hamilton County Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation
Jared Jessup Jiu-Jitsu and anti-bullying presentation
Jeff Fairbanks Keeping Vitamins in Your Food presentation
Laura Johnson Water Safety
Lindsey Cox Zumba
Marion Eye Center Eye Care
Matt Jackson Fit Kids – Xbox fitness
Medicine Shoppe Prescription services and medical equipment
Miracle Ear Hearing tests
Mt. Vernon Police Department Firearm, bicycle, and driving safety
Mt. Vernon YMCA – Larry Cornett Services
OFA CIL Independent Living
Pregnancy Matters Pregnancy screening information
Project CHILD – Tranae Brockhouse Services
Real Pain Relief – Carlyn Tippett Services
Rend Lake College CPR recertification, Health Information Technology,
Healthy Body Walk for children
RLC ADN students Blood pressure screenings, Glucose screenings, Health
topic poster sessions, B/P screenings
Jeff Bullard Self Defense presentation
Spin Bikes Services
RLC Horticulture Club Ryne Fullerton
SAFE Crisis Center Sexual Assault
Tiffanny Sievers SI Elder Law presentation
Shirley Parrish SoZo Global
St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Adolescent mental health, Chronic disease information,
Adolescent and senior nutrition, Health Coach, memory screenings
Stacy Pasoni Healthy Hippie Chef presentation
Stress Knot Massage Stress management
Studio RLC Hand massages
Tess Shelby Yoga
Tyler O’Daniel Fun Run for children, RLC Fitness and Rec centers
VA Affairs – Brenda Carter VITAL (Veteran Integration to Academic Leadership)
VA Hospital – Jan Monroe Veteran Health services
Women’s Center Sexual assault presentation, Clothes Line project

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