Monday, October 25, 2010

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Expert

"Enjoyable family meals benefit children's physical, mental, social, and
academic well-being. They help build strong families, raise
competent eaters, and create memories to last a lifetime.
And, they can easily be delicious, nutritious, and fun."
- Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

Dayle Hayes is an award-winning Registered Dietitian, author, and educator who brings a delightful blend of practicality and pizazz to everyday nutrition advice.

Dayle authored Moving Away from Diets and Put Your Best Food Forward; developed a program for parents, FIT KIDS = HAPPY KIDS; created 5 A Day BINGO; and produced several videos, including: Body Trust: Undieting Your Way to Health and Happiness and Getting a Head Start with 5 A Day.

As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association, Dayle is dedicated to improving school environments. She collected success stories for Making It Happen; wrote a chapter on communicating with students in Managing Child Nutrition Programs: Leadership for Excellence; and developed Enriching Family Mealtimes, a kit for school leaders and educators. In 2008, she co-authored the Position of the American Dietetic Association: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years.

Dayle is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the School Nutrition Association, as well as the Chair of the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group and the Co-Chair of Billings Action for Healthy Kids.

The What Incredible Choices Toolkit was created by Dayle Hayes, MS, RD for the Montana WIC Program with the use of Infrastructure Funds from USDA. The Toolkit is full of guidance, information, materials and activities for staff to use in promoting “the original fast food” (those delicious, flavorful, crunchy, juicy, sweet, nutritious fruits and vegetables) with their WIC participants.  The Toolkit highlights fresh fruits and vegetables which can be purchased with the Montana Fruit and Vegetable Benefit and the Montana Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Benefit.  These benefits may be used at authorized farmers and grocery stores. Materials are available in color and grayscale.  For copies of all items, click here.

Dayle Hayes has a wonderful website and blog filled with creative educational materials and resources. Her blog "Eat Well at School" contains practical guidance and up-to-date information on the School Nutrition Program.

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