RECIPE FROM HEALTH AD­VO­CATE HAILE THOMAS

Haile wants to in­spire her peers to em­brace their pas­sion.

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Front Page - By Tar­ran Carter, DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine

S he told DREAM TEEN mag­a­zine dur­ing an in­ter­view that it is im­por­tant for you to go af­ter your goals and ac­com­plish them, and to spread the word about your pas­sion.

Haile is a health ad­vo­cate for the youth. She started cooking at 5 years old; her cooking ca­reer be­gan as she watched her mom make ox tails, cur­ried goat, jerk chicken, and other is­land fa­vorites. While watch­ing her mom and the Food Net­work, she started ask­ing if she could help mix, stir, or chop.

Haile did not al­ways cook healthy dishes. This all changed, how­ever, af­ter her dad, Hugh was di­ag­nosed with Type II Di­a­betes in 2008. At the ap­proach of 2009, Haile made a vi­tal de­ci­sion to be­come health con­scious. Hugh and Haile’s mom Char­maine read books on how to re­verse Di­a­betes and changed their

di­ets. Soon af­ter, Hugh re­ceived a clean bill of health. As a re­sult, Haile’s fo­cus be­came food and nu­tri­tion, that in­spires a healthy gen­er­a­tion.

In 2012, she teamed up with her mom Char­maine and founded The HAPPY Or­ga­ni­za­tion. In the sum­mer of 2013, the mother-daugh­ter duo part­nered with the Tucson YWCA to offfff­fer weekly health, nu­tri­tion, and well­ness classes for kids. They have been the mo­ti­va­tors for par­ents and schools.

Haile is a dreamer that ex­e­cutes! At 12 years old, she has made her mark on the culi­nary stage. Her para­ble fun-healthy recipes have reached the White House and in June

2013, Haile won Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Chal­lenge for her Quinoa, Black Bean, and Corn

Salad recipe. June 2014, Haile trav­eled from Tucson to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to be in­tro­duced to the First Lady and an au­di­ence that in­cluded Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Tom Vil­sack, Epi­cu­rus Edi­tor-In-Chief Tanya Steel and, later, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

Haile is a Youth Ad­vi­sory Board Mem­ber with the Al­liance for a Health­ier Gen­er­a­tion, a ju­nior chef con­sul­tant and youth spokesper­son for Hy­att Ho­tels “For Kids By Kids” menu, the co-founder of her own HAPPY Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which offfff­fers kids cooking classes, nu­tri­tion ed­u­ca­tion, and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties—and she’s only 12 years old. WOW!

Haile wants to go to col­lege to study nu­tri­tion. Her goal is to cre­ate recipes that are healthy so her gen­er­a­tion and gen­er­a­tions to come will have nu­tri­tional aware­ness.

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