RECIPE FROM HEALTH ADVOCATE HAILE THOMAS
Haile wants to inspire her peers to embrace their passion.
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.