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Bethany Thayer, MS, RDN

Contributor since January 11, 2016 61 Posts
Bethany Thayer, RDN
Bethany Thayer, MS, RDN, is the director of the Henry Ford Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Earning a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in exercise science from Oakland University (OU), Beth chose her career path because she was always intrigued by the blending of art and science to positively impact health. She enjoys communicating with people about healthy living and eating and was a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for nine years. Beth was named as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012 and served as their president in 2015-2016.
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Healthy Food Bank Donations: What To Give

: Donating to a food bank is a great way to make a positive impact on others. Here are nutritious, dietitian-approved items to give. 

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A How-To Guide For Reducing Your Food Waste

: Wasting food is expensive and can negatively affect our natural resources. Learn how to plan your trips to the grocery store and only buy what you nee...

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Can't Find An Ingredient? How To Make Healthy Food Swaps

: When you can’t find an ingredient you need at the grocery store, learn how to adjust your shopping habits and make creative recipe substitutes.

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Fostering Wellness During The COVID-19 Outbreak

: Staying sane and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic can be a challenge. Use these strategies to maximize your health and well-being.

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8 Healthy Food Staples To Keep In Your Kitchen

: Stocking your pantry with a few healthy, low-cost food staples will help you meet the challenge of making a nutritious meal when time is tight.

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Do Your Genes Influence What Foods You Like?

: Henry Ford dietitian and wellness expert Bethany Thayer explains how your genes influence your preferences for food and how you can coax your taste bu...

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Plant-Based Meat: What You Should Know

: A Henry Ford dietitian explains what plant-based meat really is, how it stacks up nutritionally and why it may not be as healthy as you think.

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Canola Oil: Healthy or Harmful?

: A Henry Ford dietitian explains what canola oil is, why it has a bad reputation and whether it deserves a place in a healthy diet.

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Ignore This Advice: 4 Common Nutrition Tips to Question

: A Henry Ford registered dietitian sheds light on popular nutrition recommendations and explains why they may not be good advice.

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