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Dayle Hayes, MS, RD
Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, an award-winning child nutrition expert, is dedicated to making school environments healthy for students and staff. In 2008, she co-authored the Position of the American Dietetic Association: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years. In recognition of her professional leadership, Dayle has received numerous honors, including the Silver FAME Award as a Friend of Child Nutrition from the national School Nutrition Association. FoodService Director magazine named her as one of their “20 Most Influential” in 2012 and in fall 2013, Dayle will receive the prestigious Medallion Award for lifetime achievement from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Most recently, she was named the Top 10 Women Changing School Nutrition in 2014.

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Entries by Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

6 Secrets Every Parent (and School) Should Know About Academic Success

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:36 PM

You would do anything to insure your children's academic success, right? Helping with homework, meeting with teachers, arranging for tutors -- whatever it takes to give them that little extra boost. You also care about your kids' health -- and want them to eat right and get enough physical activity...

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Trend Spotting at School Lunch: 6 Satisfying Proteins on Student Trays

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 9:22 AM

You may have heard that school lunch choices are healthier with the new USDA regulations, but did you know that school cafeterias are also downright trendy? The same menu innovations, ethnic flavors and hot products seen in top restaurants are showing up in schools from Alaska to...

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Kale Chips for 8,000 and Other Farm-to-school Successes by the Numbers

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 5:17 PM

October is Farm to School Month, October 14-18 is National School Lunch Week, and Oct. 24 is Food Day. This trifecta of real food deliciousness benefits everyone: The farmers and ranchers who grow food for local districts, school nutrition directors who know...

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What's the Real School Lunch News? 31+ Million American Children Get More Vegetables Every Day

(8) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 4:22 PM

What's really sad about the recent article on the state of U.S. school lunch from the Fed Up campaign is that is so-five-years-ago. Using out-of-date statistics, misleading photos, and images that were not even from high schools, this campaign fails to expose the real truth about...

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Why You Should Support School Breakfast, Even If Your Kid Eats at Home

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 5:29 PM

It's back-to-school time across the USA and the buzz about breakfast seems louder than ever this year. Every parent has probably already uttered these words to an offspring or two: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."

If you recognize the multiple benefits of breakfast for strong bodies...

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BMI Report Cards: More Harm Than Good?

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 10:41 AM

With all due respect to the American Academy of Pediatrics, I strenuously object to their recent recommendation that all schools should notify parents if their child is overweight or obese. I believe that discussions about children's BMI should stay in the doctor's (or other health care...

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