Haile Thomas is 16 years old, a homeschooled 11th grader, youth health activist, motivational speaker, teen vegan chef, and the youngest certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Haile is also the founder and executive director of the HAPPY Organization established in 2012 in Tucson, AZ, now based in New Windsor, NY. HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth) was established to address the need for free and/or low-cost nutrition and culinary education for young people in underserved/at-risk communities.
At 10 years old, after successfully helping to reverse her father's Type-2 Diabetes through healthy eating & other lifestyle changes, Haile began her journey to engage, educate, and inspire youth and families to embrace healthy habits. Her experience in the health food movement includes personally engaging over 7000 young people in schools, summer camps, community events, and through HAPPY's youth programs and special events, as well as through her appearances at major health and wellness conferences across the country.
Haile is one of the first 8 young chefs featured on season one of Rachael vs. Guy Kids-Cook-Off, and also on Cupcake Wars Kids both airing on Food Network. She also worked for two years as the Jr. Chef Advisor for Hyatt Hotel’s “For Kids - By Kids” Menu, with her kids menu recipes served at all Hyatt Resorts in North America and the Caribbean, and most recently as a Nutrition Science Assistant with Canyon Ranch Institute.