Childhood Nutrition: Growing the Learning Connection

As advocates for food security and adequate nutrition, summit participants are key influencers to bring schools and communities together to affect change and inspire a healthier environment for the well-being of Idaho’s youth. Child Nutrition: Growing the Learning Connection will provide track participants with the tools needed to sow change in their communities and harvest healthier future generations. Participants will learn how to cultivate these resources to improve nutrition and expand opportunities for physical activity to positively impact student health and academic performance. Future generations are dependent on us to take action today to create a better tomorrow.


Dayle Hayes is an award-winning author and educator. Her creativity and common-sense have made her a sought-after speaker across the USA. As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association, Dayle has dedicated decades to making school environments healthy for students and staff. She collected success stories for Making It Happen, a joint CDC-USDA project; wrote a chapter on communicating with students in Managing Child Nutrition Programs: Leadership for Excellence; and co-authored the 2014 Position of the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years.

In recognition of her professional and volunteer leadership, Dayle has received numerous honors, including Montana Dietitian of the Year and an ADA Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice Award. In January 2012, she received the Silver FAME Award as a Friend of Child Nutrition and FoodService Director magazine named her as one of their 20 Most Influential in the same year. She was honored with a Medallion Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Montana School Food Service Professional of the Year in 2013.

Hayes served on the ADA Board of Directors where she chaired the Public Initiative Team and Technology Task Force. She also is a past president of the Montana Dietetic Association and Past-Chair of the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group. 


Presenter Dayle Hayes