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Bethany Thayer, MS, RDN

Contributor since January 11, 2016 57 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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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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5 Ways to Savor the Flavor During Nutrition Month

: March is National Nutrition Month, a yearly event to encourage people to develop healthy eating habits. Here are ways to make nutrition part of your l...

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Healthy Or Not? Sneaky Snacks To Avoid

: These days, more and more Americans aren’t sitting down for three square meals. Instead, they’re eating in the car, on the train and while...

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You Should Eat More Soup: 5 Reasons Why

: Soup's on! Learn why eating soup or stew can be part of a healthful diet and save you time and money. Plus, 5 of our favorite healthy soup recipes.

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What's Hot Now: Food Trends In 2019

: A Henry Ford expert highlights the hottest food and nutrition trends for 2019 and offers insight about which are worth following.

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